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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (102 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jason Elliot Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781400188826
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In this bold novel, Jason Elliot illuminates the dark recesses of the intelligence community during a crucial moment in history: the struggle to avoid a terrorist attack.

In the months before 9/11, former army officer Anthony Taverner is leading a quiet life in the English countryside. But his recruitment for a dangerous mission to Afghanistan by the British Secret Intelligence Service—better known as MI6—shatters his fragile peace and plunges him into the kaleidoscopic world of spying. Under the expert guidance of an old-school hero and veteran of the elite British Special Air Service, Taverner prepares to enter Taliban-controlled Afghanistan to destroy a cache of the CIA’s precious Stinger missiles before they can fall into the hands of al-Qaeda. In Britain and America, the intelligence community is poised for a catastrophe that must be kept secret from the public, one that Taverner must attempt to avert—all without exposing a dangerous secret all his own.

Based on real characters and drawing on the author’s extensive firsthand knowledge of Afghanistan, this is a thriller of rare authenticity, providing sustained insight into influences surrounding 9/11 and raising questions about the role of intelligence agencies in historical events deliberately hidden from the public eye.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/17/2014

    " Part British spy novel, part travelogue...a former spy gets sucked back in to complete an op in pre-9/11 Afghanistan. What a mess everyone has made of that country over the past five centuries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel | 1/3/2014

    " I loved this book. It was a roller coaster ride, good characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 9/3/2013

    " Seemed like an interesting story, the writing seemed fine, just not my favorite genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glennwood Quesada | 7/26/2013

    " A truly captivating, action packed novel. Starts right off the bat throwing the reader into "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Callaway | 6/30/2013

    " A taut spy thriller that makes for perfect summer reading without insulting one's intelligence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 3/2/2013

    " very interesting view of Afganistan and MI5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darrin | 12/8/2012

    " If you think deep down inside you is a spy waiting to come out this book will get that thought right out of your head. The protaganist goes through arduous physical and mental tasks to prepare for a misson. This is a good book that sort of explains the problems the west faces in Afghanistan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Cronin | 6/27/2012

    " What an incredible book! I was hooked from the moment I started to read it. I couldn't wait to find out what happened in every chapter and during every mission. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Anne | 11/7/2011

    " I received an advanced copy of this book. What a treat. A good page turner. Jason Elliot does a good job of keeping you intrigued. It would be a good movie. Recommend it for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 1/15/2011

    " very interesting view of Afganistan and MI5 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carey | 12/19/2010

    " Why do I want a third of a book reading about the training regime before the actual story starts. Tedious, needed to be tighter and as it was set before 9/11 it wasn't exactly rocket science.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 11/27/2010

    " What an incredible book! I was hooked from the moment I started to read it. I couldn't wait to find out what happened in every chapter and during every mission. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patty | 9/26/2010

    " Won this as a new read. Really couldn't wait to read this book, sounded so interesting. There is interesting information in the book BUT....the only problem was that I just couldn't get into it at any point...but finished cause I had won it through goodreads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel | 9/17/2010

    " I loved this book. It was a roller coaster ride, good characters. "

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About the Author

Jason Elliot is a notable, prizewinning travel writer whose works include An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph Travel Book Award; and Mirrors of the Unseen: Journeys in Iran.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.