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4.00035096909377 out of 54.00035096909377 out of 54.00035096909377 out of 54.00035096909377 out of 54.00035096909377 out of 5 4.00 (1,909 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Powers Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In his eleventh novel, Tim Powers takes his unique brand of speculative fiction into uncharted territory, instilling the old-fashioned espionage novel with a healthy dose of the supernatural.

As a young double agent infiltrating the Soviet spy network in Nazi-occupied Paris, Andrew Hale finds himself caught up in a secret, even more ruthless war. Two decades later, a coded message draws Professor Andrew Hale back into Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Elements from his past are gathering in Beirut, including ex-British counterespionage chief and Soviet mole Kim Philby, and a beautiful former Spanish Civil War soldier-turned-intelligence operative, Elena Teresa Ceniza-Bendiga. Soon Hale will be forced to again confront the nightmare that has haunted his adult life: a lethal unfinished operation code-named “Declare.” From the corridors of Whitehall to the Arabian Desert, from post-war Berlin to the streets of Cold War Moscow, Hale’s desperate quest draws him into international politics and gritty espionage tradecraft—and inexorably drives Hale, Ceniza-Bendiga, and Philby to a deadly confrontation on the high glaciers of Mount Ararat, in the very shadow of the fabulous and perilous biblical Ark.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dazzling…a tour de force, a brilliant blend of John le Carré spy fiction with the otherworldly.”

    Dean Koontz

  • “Tim Powers is a brilliant writer. Declare’s occult subtext for the deeper Cold War is wonderfully original and brilliantly imagined.”

    William Gibson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Highly ingenious…No one else writes like Powers, and Declare finds him at the top of his game.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “[Powers] orchestrates reality and fantasy so artfully that the reader is not allowed a moment’s doubt throughout this tall tale.”

    New Yorker

  • “There’s never been a novel quite like Declare…one of the protean Powers’ most absorbing and rewarding creations.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Declare is classic Tim Powers, his best novel since Last Call, and possibly his best to date.”


  • “Powers…an expert fantasy writer, has created a mind-bending mix of genres here, placing his gifts for extreme speculative fiction in service of a fantastical spy story. Daringly imaginative.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This fine spy novel covering WWII and beyond has great action, great characters (including well known real-life personages such as British turncoat Kim Philby), and a captivating dash of science fiction/fantasy. What lies on Mount Ararat, where Noah’s Ark went to ground as the flood receded? Whatever it is has been fatal to visitors. Simon Prebble provides various British accents and uses his vast skill to enliven fascinating characters from many locales, particularly the Middle East. In particular, he knows how to inject tension and urgency into the plot.”


  • A 2002 Mythopoeic Award Nominee
  • A 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award Finalist
  • Winner of the 2001 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2000 International Horror Guild Award
  • A 2001 Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A 2001 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bj Tucker | 2/7/2014

    " A+++ cannot give this book enough love!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dave | 1/29/2014

    " Good at times, moved to slowly at spots. Good book, but not a great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Trisha | 1/24/2014

    " Found a blog that said if you like Neil Gaiman, you'll like Tim Powers. So far, the blog was right. History plus fantasy? Yay! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 1/11/2014

    " Would have made a way better Indy movie than the one they churned out last. "

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