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Saving the Queen: A Blackford Oakes Mystery Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (247 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William F. Buckley Narrator: James Buschmann Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Blackford Oakes Mysteries Release Date:
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President Truman is near the end of his term in office, and Great Britain has a new queen. It is 1952, the Cold War is heating up, and vital military secrets are falling into Soviet hands. The CIA faces a delicate dilemma—for the source of the leaks has been traced directly to the Queen’s chambers. The situation must be resolved but without damaging the young Queen’s self-confidence and public credibility.

Young Blackford Oakes, the handsome, debonaire, and audacious Yale graduate and ex-fighter pilot, is selected to penetrate the royal circle, win the Queen’s confidence, and plug the leak. The action leads to an explosive showdown in the skies over London, one that could determine the future of the West.

Buckley presents a thrilling spy novel as he introduces Blackforf Oakes for the first time in Saving the Queen.

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  • “As charming and gracefully written an entertainment as has come down the pike in a month of marron glaces.”

    Washington Post

  • “A spy novel that knows how to tango.”

    Village Voice

  • “An unassailable entertainment which tells an original story with suave good humor.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Sharon | 1/10/2014

    " This book leads into the Blackford Oakes series. A plain good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Jim | 1/6/2014

    " Excellent read! I may have to continue with more of this series. Glad to have been reading it on the Kindle as a resident dictionary is a must for me when reading Buckley! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by Erin | 8/31/2013

    " Not bad for being written in 1977. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Colet | 4/26/2013

    " This was a lot of fun to read. And I didn't know Buckley could be so risque! "

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About the Author

William F. Buckley Jr. (1925–2008), a syndicated columnist, author, editor, television host, and adventurer, was the founder of National Review and the host of the Emmy Award–winning Firing Line, the longest-running public affairs program in television history with the same host. He was the award-winning author of many bestsellers, starting with God and Man at Yale.

About the Narrator

James Buschmann is an elementary school teacher and community theater actor. He and his wife and their two daughters live in Northern California, within earshot of the surf.