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Author: Mike Lawson Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The DeMarco Series Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781481589086
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House Divided is inspired and compelling, a strong addition to this celebrated series.

When the National Security Agency is caught wiretapping US citizens without the proper warrants, a political scandal erupts, and the secret program comes to a screeching halt. But Dillon Crane, the NSA genius who spearheaded the most sophisticated eavesdropping operation in history, isn’t about to sit idly by while spineless politicians sleepwalk the country into another 9/11—and Crane cleverly moves his illegal eavesdropping program into the shadows.

But operating in the shadows can cause complications. When the NSA illegally records what appears to be a rogue military group killing two American citizens, Crane can’t simply walk over to the Pentagon and ask what’s going on—and before long, the largest intelligence agency in the country is locked into a deadly battle with a four-star army general who is just as capable and just as committed as Dillon Crane.

Caught in the middle of all this is Joe DeMarco. One of the civilians killed was his cousin, and all DeMarco is trying to do is bury the poor guy and settle his estate—but DeMarco soon finds himself being used as a sacrificial pawn in a lethal game between a master spy and a powerful general. Although a man with many flaws, DeMarco ultimately decides that he’s not going to be anyone’s pawn, no matter how powerful his opponents may be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Excellent…Readers will enjoy watching the smart, funny DeMarco, who’s wise to the ways of Washington, as he extricates himself from one deadly threat after another.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The pacing is relentless, and Lawson’s speculations about NSA’s electronic spying capabilities are fascinating. House Divided is a great thriller; it also seems nearly plausible and, thus, is deeply sobering.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The case moves at a nice clip, and the manner and methods of the war within the war on terror are fascinating.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A great novel from a great author! Lawson goes for broke in this Machiavellian thriller, where Washington power brokers take on elite super spies with one rather perplexed Joe DeMarco trying to outwit—and outlast—the carnage. Equal parts funny, clever, and cool, this book will make your heart race and your mind ponder.”

    Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Lawson’s House Divided is a nonstop thrill ride. The author has created a disturbingly real Washington, DC, and peopled it with eerily familiar characters. He writes with wit and verve and displays a shrewd understanding of bureaucratic irony. Thoroughly enjoyable. The political thriller of the year.”

    John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author

  • A 2012 Barry Award Nominee for Best Thriller
  • An Indie Next Notable Title, August 2009

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 1/23/2014

    " I thought that this series might be getting old, but in this book DeMarco needs to find his way through a problem without his usual allies, which kept me surprised. Another fun book, with a bit of social commentary along the way (and in the afterward). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence | 1/9/2014

    " This is basic Washington spy-stuff. The National Security Agency whose function is to listen to most communication vs. Pentagon general who feels he must move to rid the world of terrorists which will hurt the U.S. in any way needed. Interesting story which makes me wonder if any phone calls or communications are actually safe from being heard. Of course, I assume I am not important enought that anyone would want to listen to my calls! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 12/12/2013

    " pretty good spy novel, have not read him before but would again "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dick | 12/5/2013

    " It's probably not surprising that exaggerating about the secret powers of government agencies is such popular material for mystery writers. As a government bureaucrat, I laugh when I read stories about the ability of agencies to monitor and control citizen's lives when these same agencies take six months to hire or fire someone or let a contract. However, suspending disbelief, this is a pretty good novel about a power struggle between the National Security Agency and the Army Chief of Staff. In the 6th Joe DeMarco novel, Joe, a low level congressional employee is caught between warring bureaucracies. This is a pretty good page turner and well worth reading if you don't take anything too seriously. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 11/14/2013

    " conspiracy theory title pitting two agencies of the government against one another in illegal domestic spying. Entertaining but not edge of the seat reading. would not read follow up title. professional reviews seem overrated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 10/26/2013

    " Our hero is on his own in this one. His speaker of the house boss is in a coma, two DC powerhouses are in opposition to one another and the book leads the reader through the maze of extricating himself and the country from a deadly crisis. Good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 9/18/2013

    " This time joe is stuck in the middle of 2 powerful players without Emma or the Speaker to back him up. This was a good suspenseful book. Constant action. And it was interesting to see how he was going to get out of this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B.R. | 9/12/2013

    " A very smooth, fast pace read. The Joe DeMarco character Lawson creates is interesting (though maybe he could be a little more rough around the edges). Nevertheless a very satisfying read. Hoping the DeMarco series is as enjoyable as this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C | 3/4/2013

    " Another realy quick trashy summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 2/15/2013

    " I took a chance on this book from the summary since Amazon offered me a book for a dollar as a Kindle download. I have to say that it gripped me from the beginning and kept me till the last page. Really fun and interesting and a wonderful job by the author. I will read more of his work after this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 1/24/2013

    " A rock solid addition to the series: a rare treat - a fast paced, intelligent thriller. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 12/15/2012

    " Joe manages to keep himself busy with NSA/Joint Chiefs intrigue while the speaker is in the hospital. Good pageturner, holds your interest, quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 6/19/2012

    " I love good spy novels -- not thrilled about idea of big brother watching our every move, but gives me something to think about. Will definitely read more by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 2/14/2012

    " More Milton's kind of book than mine, but I did enjoy the NSA intrigue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mhd | 11/8/2011

    " Pretty good. Has some slow spots, and I had some trouble keeping characters straight at the beginning, but, overall, action is good. I'll look for the next one in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 10/6/2011

    " Likable characters and gripping plots make Lawson's DeMarco series a fun read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 7/22/2011

    " I have enjoyed the Joe DeMarco books. He is a fixer for a corrupt congressmen. I would classify these books as political thrillers. A fast read and perfect for a vacation. "

About the Author

Mike Lawson, a former senior civilian executive for the US Navy, is the author of numerous novels starring Joe DeMarco. His first book, The Inside Ring, was rated by the Seattle Times as one of the top ten thrillers of 2005 and was a finalist for the Barry Award for Best Thriller. House Secrets was selected as one of the best thrillers of 2009 by Library Journal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine.

About the Narrator

Joe Barrett, an actor and Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials.