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Author: Howard Blum Narrator: Pete Larkin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9780062332790
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What happens when German spies collaborate to unleash a campaign of terror upon America at the start of World War I?

In the summer of 1914, New York Police Department captain Tom Tunney is preoccupied by Manhattan's raging gang rivalries and has little idea that, halfway around the world, a much more ominous threat to the city is brewing. As Germany teeters on the brink of war, its ambassador to the United States is given instructions to find and finance a team of undercover saboteurs who can bring America to its knees before it has a chance to enter the conflict on the side of the Allies.

At the page-turning pace of a spy thriller, Dark Invasion tells the remarkable true story of Tunney and his pivotal role in discovering, and delivering to justice, a ruthless ring of German terrorists determined to annihilate the United States. Overwhelmed and undermatched, Tunney's small squad of cops was the David to Germany's Goliath, the operatives of which included military officers, a germ warfare expert, a gifted Harvard professor, a bomb technician, and a document forger. As explosions leveled munitions plants and destroyed cargo ships, particularly in and around New York City, pan- icked officials talked about rogue activists and anarchists—but it was Tunney who suspected that these incidents were part of something bigger and became determined to bring down the culprits.

Through meticulous research, Blum deftly reconstructs an enthralling, vividly detailed saga of subterfuge and bravery. Enhanced by more than fifty images sourced from global archives, his gritty, energetic narrative follows the German spies—with Tunney hot on their heels—from the streets, harbors, and warehouses of New York City to the genteel quads of Harvard, the grand estates of industry tycoons, and the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The New York Police Department's breathtaking efforts to unravel the extent of the German plot and close in on its perpetrators are revealed in this riveting account of America's first encounter with a national security threat unlike any other—the threat of terrorism—that is more relevant now than ever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A must-read for lovers of suspense and anyone who wants to understand how the basis of our homeland security system was born…Expertly told by Howard Blum with shocking betrayals, surprising heroism, artful cons, and heart-in-the-throat chases, Dark Invasion grippingly brings to life two sets of equally fascinating antagonists-cops and terrorists—as they contend over a nation’s fate.”

    Tom Reiss, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Count and The Orientalist

  • “A suspense-filled tale, Dark Invasion uncovers a fascinating corner of history when courageous New York City police officers fought insurmountable odds to defend America against sophisticated German saboteurs at the start of World War I.”

    Ronald Kessler, New York Times bestselling author of In the President’s Secret Service

  • “[A] terrifically engaging and pertinent tale…Blum creates some memorable portraits…and keeps the heroic good-versus-evil plot simmering along in a nicely calibrated work of popular narrative history. Instructive, yes, but also as engrossing as good detective fiction.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A worthwhile page-turner, combining the best features of a police procedural and a spy novel with a firm base in verifiable events.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In his gripping and expertly crafted narrative, Blum demonstrates that the best stories are true. Told in the great tradition of spy thrillers, Dark Invasion is the startling tale of German secret agents operating in the United States during World War I and the determined effort of a New York detective to stop them. The result is a book that is not only engrossing, but helps explain why America entered the Great War.”

    Scott Miller, author of The President and the Assassin

  • “I read Dark Invasion without stopping. It is a well-researched and exceedingly well-written account of a pre–World War I series of terroristic attacks on the United States, in this case perpetrated by Germans. It is full of good stories and characters.”

    Norman Stone, author of The Eastern Front: 1914–1917

  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014

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About the Author

Howard Blum is the author of the Edgar Award winner American Lightning and the New York Times bestseller Wanted!, among other books. His In the Enemy’s House was a New York Times Notable Book of 2018. He is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. While working as a journalist at the New York Times, he was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

About the Narrator

Pete Larkin has narrated dozens of audiobook titles, won five Earphones Awards, and been a finalist in 2012 for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been praised for his expert ability to speak in multiple accents. He is also an on-camera host and accomplished voice-over artist for hundreds of commercials and promos for a variety of companies, corporations, and governmental agencies. He was the public address announcer for the New York Mets and has worked as a radio jockey in New York, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.