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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: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455181117
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Kirkus

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 Colet | 4/26/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Hyde | 3/30/2013

    " The Blackford Oakes series of books by William F. Buckley is a great series. As mentioned by another reviewer, Blackford Oakes was Buckley's answer to James Bond. A fun book with lots of intrigue...though it is an older book, it's a lot of fun to read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 First Last | 1/15/2013

    " Buckley's non-fiction is wonderful - his fiction, not so much. Like Hemingway's writing poetry, it's best ignored. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 10/22/2012

    " Cold war counter espionage procedural set in the 1950's when the US was developing the H bomb. "

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

    " What a fun book to read. Fairly short - 250 pages +/-. Great James Bond-ish story written by a famous American icon, William F Buckley. It is fun to read this and imagine Buckley's voice doing the speaking. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lance Caselman | 8/17/2012

    " The first of William Buckley's Blackford Oakes novels. Better than you might imagine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy McRae | 4/30/2012

    " Read this when Buckley died and it was a little slow but entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fran | 4/21/2012

    " Slow starting but once the stage is set (and you have everyone sorted out) it is very intriguing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mortimer Randolph | 4/19/2012

    " Well done but frivolous. Disappointing in its pointlessness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graf | 3/13/2012

    " The first in Buckley's Blackford Oakes series, it makes for entertaining reading, though don't expect a high degree of complexity or suspense. His political asides are always entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 1/29/2012

    " Blackford Oakes, the American James Bond, heads to England in this historical fiction. A great series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 1/8/2012

    " A short mystery that I enjoyed. I don't normally like mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas Wilson | 12/4/2011

    " Kinda fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 9/27/2011

    " Well written fun read. WFB can sure use the punctuation "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 6/16/2011

    " I did not find this much of a thriller. Quite lame really and I suspect it's just out-dated and so none of the suggested theroys are novel..in fact...some of them have been proven true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane | 6/2/2011

    " Very fun read, and well written (typical Buckley). I've developed a crush on Blacky. Excellent summertime, beachy reading -- which is where I read it. Looking forward to the whole series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 4/13/2011

    " The worst book I've ever had the profound misfortune to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lance | 3/2/2011

    " The first of William Buckley's Blackford Oakes novels. Better than you might imagine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 7/12/2010

    " Cold war counter espionage procedural set in the 1950's when the US was developing the H bomb.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 4/19/2010

    " Not bad for being written in 1977. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 10/22/2009

    " What a fun book to read. Fairly short - 250 pages +/-. Great James Bond-ish story written by a famous American icon, William F Buckley. It is fun to read this and imagine Buckley's voice doing the speaking. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane | 7/3/2009

    " Very fun read, and well written (typical Buckley). I've developed a crush on Blacky. Excellent summertime, beachy reading -- which is where I read it. Looking forward to the whole series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/7/2009

    " The Blackford Oakes series of books by William F. Buckley is a great series. As mentioned by another reviewer, Blackford Oakes was Buckley's answer to James Bond. A fun book with lots of intrigue...though it is an older book, it's a lot of fun to read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mortimer | 5/19/2009

    " Well done but frivolous. Disappointing in its pointlessness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fran | 3/14/2009

    " Slow starting but once the stage is set (and you have everyone sorted out) it is very intriguing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colet | 3/5/2009

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 12/13/2008

    " A short mystery that I enjoyed. I don't normally like mysteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus | 10/31/2008

    " A solid 1950's forces of good vs. the evil commies novel. The only negative criticism I have is that the end was a little unplausible. The other 99% of the book is great. "

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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 a single host. Buckley 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.