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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (349 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Bernhardt Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9780307876836
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William Bernhardt’s bestselling novels explore politics, power, ambition, crime, and the law. Now he scales new heights of suspense as, in one harrowing day, lawyer and former senator Ben Kincaid enters the eye of an international storm, a crisis with consequences beyond calculation.

Kincaid is in a meeting with the president in the Oval Office when Washington suddenly explodes into chaos. Facing an imminent threat to the White House, Kincaid is whisked, along with the president and his advisors, to the underground PEOC—Presidential Emergency Operations Center—built to withstand a nuclear blast, but vulnerable to another kind of attack.

Inside the bunker, defense specialists realize that a malevolent foreign dictator has hacked into the U.S. nuclear defense system and now has a finger on the trigger of America’s most dangerous weapons. The dictator’s message is clear: Heed his demands or suffer unfathomable destruction.

Forced to make critical, split-second decisions, the president seems to be falling apart under the pressure. The vice president wants to strip him of his powers—a move that could have a disastrous impact on national defense. But even during this time of upheaval, in order for the president to be removed, there must be a trial. With the clock winding down, Kincaid has precious little time to defend the president.
 
While Kincaid faces the trial of his life, legendary CIA agent Seamus McKay races through the clogged streets of Washington, searching for a hidden command center—guarded by murderous fanatics—that now controls U.S. ballistic missiles.

Two sides of one unforgettable story, McKay and Kincaid home in on their targets. One uses a gun—and any weapon he can get his hands on; the other employs his intuition and the law. And in William Bernhardt’s spectacular thriller, as both move closer and closer to uncovering a world-shattering plot, the ultimate act of betrayal is launched from the heart of America’s capitol itself.
 


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Quotes & Awards

  • Masterful split-second timing . . . [Bernhardt] builds the pace as though he’s smoothly double clutching in a Porsche. Sacramento Book Review
  • Exciting and fast-moving. The Oklahoman
  • “Masterful split-second timing…[Bernhardt] builds the pace as though he’s smoothly double clutching in a Porsche.”

    Sacramento Book Review

  • Another blockbuster from William Bernhardt . . . a two-pronged thriller about high tension, terrorism and bad politics in Washington, D.C. . . . Don’t miss it. Lincoln Journal Star
  • “Another blockbuster from William Bernhardt…a two-pronged thriller about high tension, terrorism and bad politics in Washington, DC…Don’t miss it.”

    Lincoln Journal Star

  • “Exciting and fast-moving.”

    Oklahoman

  • “Bernhardt [is] a talented and compelling storyteller.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 2/20/2014

    " A real political action page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara B. | 2/5/2014

    " Another favorite character----Ben Kincaid. These are well worth the time to read. He used to be in Oklahoma, but is now in Wash. D.C. One of my all time favorite authors! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Momm | 1/23/2014

    " Always enjoy a good political novel with a bomb/missile threat in it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 1/18/2014

    " Not the best book in the series, but I like the main character, Ben Kincaid. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Mehring | 1/15/2014

    " I've read all the series of Ben Kincaid books by William Bernhardt. If that hadn't been the case, I would not have finished this one. Is this the last one in the series? If not, maybe it should be. The side story with the CIA agent was good, the main story with Ben Kincaid, not so much. I missed the usual cast of characters (and btw, what happened to Loving?). Ben's situation was completely unbelievable. And the ending? Please! We all know how it's going to end, did it have to drag out til the final two seconds? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ricardo | 1/10/2014

    " Okay book by Bernhardt although I didn't think it was one of his best. His plot was mostly good until the end "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta Marro | 1/9/2014

    " This is the first one of this series I have listened to. The plot was pretty engrossing and the book was pretty amusing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 1/5/2014

    " I thought it was an unlikely story-unbelievable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/21/2013

    " Quick read, light on action and details. Not much fleshing in of characters, assumes we already have met them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jami | 12/19/2013

    " Boring. The only thing that got me a quarter of the way in was that it is set in Oklahoma. Otherwise, the way it written seems amateurish. This is an established author so to me the dialog style seems ridiculous . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti Keller | 7/28/2013

    " I love William Bernhardt...his books are exciting and I can hardly put them down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/3/2013

    " The third (and hopefully not last) novel in the Capitol series involving Ben Kincaid. I enjoyed this much more than I did Capitol Threat and can only hope that they keep getting better and better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 9/2/2012

    " I thought this book was heads and shoulders above his last few books. I found it a 'can't put down' book and even though it wasn't equal to a Vince Flynn or Brian Haig thriller, it had a great plot. I would have given it 5 stars but a few of the occurrences fell a little flat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 8/6/2012

    " Not my favorite of his books... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Gallagher | 1/18/2012

    " Just started reading his books and am loving them. Can't wait to go back and read all his past books. I do think it would have been better if I read them in order. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rcity1 | 11/8/2011

    " Bernhardt is one of my very favorite authors. We actually email each other. I loved this book! Is the latest in a series. Great story and characters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 9/9/2011

    " not one of the best but I like Ben Kincaid "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna Hansen | 8/19/2011

    " A bit too graphic for my taste (especially the torture); but he writes a good story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barak Rosenbloom | 6/11/2011

    " Got about 50 pages in. Corny and overblown dialog, unrealistic plotting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barak | 5/14/2011

    " Got about 50 pages in. Corny and overblown dialog, unrealistic plotting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 1/21/2011

    " A real political action page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Momm | 12/25/2010

    " Always enjoy a good political novel with a bomb/missile threat in it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 12/23/2010

    " More recent book by Bernhardt.....less torture, less sex; a great story and fantastic ending that pulled all the aspects of the story together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 12/13/2010

    " A bit too graphic for my taste (especially the torture); but he writes a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 9/12/2010

    " I read some of this author's earlier books and enjoyed him. I also liked this one too. it had a suspensful story, a decent hero, and although I don't agree with everything in it, it was well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob & Liz | 7/13/2010

    " Rob...................

    Look within for guilty parities "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 7/12/2010

    " Another favorite character----Ben Kincaid. These are well worth the time to read. He used to be in Oklahoma, but is now in Wash. D.C. One of my all time favorite authors! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 7/7/2010

    " I love William Bernhardt...his books are exciting and I can hardly put them down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 6/30/2010

    " A little far-fatched but still one of Bernhardt's better reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Ann | 6/25/2010

    " I thought this was one of his best. Bernhardt is expanding his story telling abilities. "

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About the Author
Author William Bernhardt

William Bernhardt is the author of many novels and has twice won the Oklahoma Book Award for Best Fiction, and in 2000 he was presented the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award “in recognition of an outstanding body of work in which we understand ourselves and American society at large.” A former trial attorney, Bernhardt has received several awards for his public service. He lives in Tulsa with his three children.

About the Narrator

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End.