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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (172 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William F. Buckley Narrator: Geoffrey Blaisdell Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Blackford Oakes Mysteries Release Date:
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The year is 1961; the setting, Havana. CIA super-secret agent Blackford Oakes has been sent there on a mission, only to find himself in the eye of an international political hurricane. 

President Kennedy has selected Oakes to meet with Che Guevara inside Castro’s Cuba as part of Operation Alligator, a daring plan to bring about an era of détente in East-West relations. The communists, however, have another agenda in mind: a double cross with terrifying consequences.

Soon, Oakes is trapped in Cuba, and the heat is on. Warming the climate greatly is the sultry beauty Catalina. The weather forecast: betrayal, power politics, and sudden death.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Actual events are made as urgent and terrifying as they were in the bad old days.”


  • “Buckley brings us face -to-face with the possibilities lurking behind our real headlines.”

    San Fancisco Chronicle

  • “Narrator Geoffrey Blaisdell has a sophisticated style. His wry, and often dry, performance is engaging and keeps the listener glued to the story, which takes Oakes from the boardroom to the brig—and a date with a Cuban firing squad.”


  • “Buckley’s most successful attempt to shade his fanciful thriller-comedy into more serious matter of love, loyalty, and honor.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jack | 9/13/2013

    " So far, the only book in Buckley's "Blackford Oakes" series that I've read. It's a clever spy story concerning secret U.S.-Cuba diplomacy. Recommended to fans of Frederick Forsythe, John Le Carre, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amloid Mesa | 7/30/2013

    " A lil slow to start but good in the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Graf | 5/1/2011

    " It's time for Oakes to retire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 12/30/2010

    " William F Buckley's favorite spy, Blackford Oakes, meets up with Che Guevara. Put away your Che teeshirt for this one - WFB is unsentimental about Guevara. As always, Buckley weaves history (here, the Cuban Missile Crisis) into his spy novels. "

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