The Children’s Game: A Thriller Audiobook, by Max Karpov Play Audiobook Sample

The Children’s Game: A Thriller Audiobook

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Read By: Todd McLaren Publisher: Brilliance Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 9.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781543680171

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Longest Chapter Length:

24:40 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04:15 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

12:47 minutes

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A frighteningly plausible, fast-paced thriller about a Russian cyberattack on America, involving fake news and anonymous hackers.

The CIA has learned that the Kremlin is about to launch a sophisticated propaganda operation aimed at discrediting and disrupting the United States and ultimately restoring Russia to great nation status. Intercepted intelligence suggests that the operation will hinge on a single, breaking news event in Eastern Europe, supported by a sustained campaign of disinformation and cyberattacks.

Code-named the “Children’s Game”—a chess stratagem that leads to checkmate in four moves—it was probably conceived by a Russian billionaire and former FSB officer named Andrei Turov. For years Turov has been developing the infrastructure for a new kind of warfare that exploits weaknesses in western democracies and manipulates public opinion. His organization offers the Kremlin plausible deniability.

But the United States has its own secret weapon: Christopher Niles, a former CIA intelligence officer, who understands Turov’s ambitions and capabilities. It falls to him and his small team—composed of his journalist half-brother Jon, a special-forces operative he would trust with his life, and Anna Carpenter, a resourceful US senator with deep roots in the intelligence community—to unravel Turov’s plot and restore truth to a world spiraling into chaos.

Children’s Game is a frighteningly realistic, timely thriller that delves into the secret corners of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, exploring the shifting world order and the murky realm of US–Russia relations.

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“Superb…Todd McLaren’s narration complements Karpov’s well-defined characters and intricate dialogue. McLaren mixes accents, inflection, and intensity to provide unique personas for each character, particularly Turov and Niles, whose relationship comes to a memorable conclusion…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Uncanny in its timeliness and brilliant in its portrayal of disinformation as the most dangerous weapon of the new Cold War…a masterful thriller that is genuinely alarming in its plausibility. A must-read.”

    — Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Espionage, thrills, chills, and, perhaps, a little too close to home, this is one book that you should not miss. ..Keep[s] the pace fast and the action nonstop.”

    — Suspense magazine
  • “A tight, gripping tale of the men and women who face death in the hidden conflicts of superpower politics. Startlingly believable.”

    — Ben Bova, six-time Hugo Award-winning author


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About Max Karpov

Max Karpov is a Washington-based novelist and investigative journalist. A longtime Russia-watcher, he spent several years researching and writing The Children’s Game, a geo-political thriller novel about current-day US–Russia relations. He has written features for the Washington Post, the Miami Herald, and elsewhere.

About Todd McLaren

Todd McLaren, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice acting, where he has been heard on more than five thousand television and radio commercials, as well as television promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?