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Author: Gayle Lynds Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781483066691

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Spoken of in hushed tones by those who know the story, the Library of Gold is a legendary collection of rare, priceless books from ages past. Lost to the world for centuries, its existence has come to be regarded as myth. But the Library of Gold is real, and secretly controlled by a mysterious cabal of the world's richest, most powerful men, who will stop at nothing to protect their interests.

Eva Blake, a rare-book expert and conservator, is in prison for a drunk-driving accident that she doesn’t remember—one that resulted in the death of her husband, an even more famous rare-book expert. When an undercover CIA agent named Tucker Andersen offers to get her released in exchange for her help and expertise on the Library of Gold, she is eager to oblige. A book said to be from the Library of Gold has recently surfaced, delivered anonymously to the CIA, and it is now on exhibit at the British Museum as bait to draw out those with knowledge of the library. Eva is sent to investigate the scene, and while there, she sees the one person she never expected to see again: her dead husband, Charles.

After Charles first flees, then tries to kill her, Eva finds herself in the midst of several powerful, secret forces who either want her dead or want to use her to find the Library of Gold. The only person unequivocally on her side is Judd Ryder, the son of an undercover CIA agent who was killed after he discovered a mysterious bank account tied to Islamic terrorists. Judd believes the bank account is somehow connected to the library, and he is determined to find those responsible for his father's death. Alone against the world, Eva and Judd must fight a wide net of ruthless enemies as they race to unravel the clues to the library's whereabouts before it vanishes once again into the sands of time.

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  • “Gayle Lynds is one of the best suspense writers in the world. The Book of Spies is…Da Vinci Code meets Bourne Identity.”

    - James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “Fascinating characters, nerve-tingling pace, and a great story…Gayle Lynds is one of the premiere espionage writers of our time.”

    - Vince Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “Hands down the best book I’ve read all year. Grippingly paced, poignant, surprising with every turn of the page.”

    - James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Rich with history, breathtaking in plot and pacing, ripe with living, breathing characters we truly care about—or utterly fear—The Book of Spies will consume you from page one.”

    - Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Lynds has written more books with the team of Blake and Ryder at the helm but this is the one that started it all.“

    - Strand Magazine
  • “Lynds’ new series features two multidimensional characters whose hidden depths are just starting to be revealed. When you begin a Lynds book, a roller-coaster ride is in store. This superbly fashioned tale is rich with history and never misses a beat as it jumps from one around-the-world stop to another. You never quite catch a breath as the many secrets are revealed, since you aren’t sure what might be around the corner. But then isn’t that why we love those thrill-seeking rides to begin with?”

    - RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)
  • “Two complicated, appealing characters complement the satisfying, conspiracy-laden plot that smoothly moves throughout Europe at breakneck speed.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “A thrilling, spy-laden, history-rich page-turner…Readers of both espionage and artifact novels should be well sated but will crave subsequent escapades with these characters.”

    - Library Journal
  • “The pace is unrelenting and the villains unbelievably efficient and prescient…The story is tense and exciting…Kate Reading wrings every last drop of drama from the story; she handles the characterizations exceedingly well, creates plausible female and male characters of all age and accents, and keeps her audience enraptured.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)
  • “Actress-narrator Kate Reading brilliantly captures Lynds’ colorful descriptions, employing multiple accents and conveying a wide range of emotions…This thrilling tale of intrigue is perfect for audio and will appeal to listeners enjoying a complex story with roller-coaster turns.”

    - Library Journal (audio review)
  • “There are plots within plots as the story progresses, with surprises at every turn…The end of the story is followed by a lengthy and fascinating piece in which the author traces the very real history of the Library of Gold.”

  • “Narrator Kate Reading gives a well-paced performance that conveys the emotions tormenting Eva as she searches for the book, the library, and the ruthless men behind them. Reading never intrudes on the story. Rather, her style complements Eva’s intensity.”

    - AudioFile


  • A 2011 Audie Award Finalist
  • A 2010 Library Journal Best Book: Thrillers
  • A 2011 Nero Award Nominee
  • A Strand Magazine Pick for Top 10 CIA Novels 

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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Another great thriller in the covert one series. There are a few gaps in the storyline, but overall a good read. "

    - Anshuman, 5/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Surprisingly slow going. Couldn't get through it and gave up at around page 175. "

    - Scubabarb, 4/9/2011
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    " read this a long time ago but I think I'd give it a 5 "

    - Lostswordsman, 3/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I thought Ms. Lynds carried the torch very nicely for Mr. Ludlum in this true thriller. She engaged the reader early and kept the tension and pace at a nice clip. Enough twists and turns to keep any reader thoroughly entertained. It's a keeper. "

    - Richard, 2/10/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was O.K., typical Ludlum. A little too predictable, and I never really felt invested in any single character. There was no hero, just an odd assortment of wanna-be's. "

    - Jason, 2/9/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I loved this book and I couldn't put it down for a second. I read it in two days and that is only because I forced myself to go to bed. The twist and turns are awesome!! "

    - Heidi, 9/26/2009
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not bad - I enjoy an espionage story once and awhile "

    - Cherie, 3/21/2009
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    " Very quick reading and a good spy novel. "

    - Gary, 1/22/2009
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " The last Ludlum I'll read. But it was decent for what it was... "

    - Christine, 12/14/2008
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Gayle is pretty good with Ludlums franchise "

    - Tommy, 11/25/2008
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was my first spy thriller other than Tom Clancy. I really liked it. Unlike Clancy's books that can seem to go on and on, this one kept things moving and interesting. "

    - Jed, 8/14/2008

About the Author

Gayle Lynds is the bestselling, award-winning author of several international espionage thrillers, including Masquerade, The Last Spymaster, and The Book of Spies. A member of the Association for Intelligence Officers, she is cofounder (with David Morrell) of the International Thriller Writers. She lives in Westbrook, Maine.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading has recorded hundreds of audiobooks across many genres, over a thirty year plus career. Audie Awards: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (mystery), Breasts (non-fiction), Bellwether (fiction), and Words of Radiance (fantasy). Among other awards, she has been recognized with: the ALA Booklist best of 2019 for Bowlaway (fiction), AudioFile Magazine Voice of the Century, Earphones Awards, Narrator of the Year, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Publisher’s Weekly’s Listen-Up Award. She records at her home studio, Madison Productions, Inc., in Maryland.