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Author: Dan Fesperman Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9781423317784
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Revere Falk—FBI veteran, Arabic speaker—is an interrogator at “Gitmo,” assigned to a “hold-out,” a Yemeni prisoner who may have valuable information about al Qaeda. But these duties are temporarily suspended when the body of an American soldier is found washed ashore in Cuban territory. No American has ever turned up dead on the wrong side of the fence before.

Suddenly, Cold War tension is back and Falk finds himself at the heart of it when he’s put in charge of the investigation into the death. Almost immediately he senses an unusual level of interest in the proceedings: from his commander, from the Cubans, and from the various factions of the military. And when the Defense Intelligence Agency unexpectedly sends its own team to “reinforce” the investigation, Falk understands that there is much more at stake than anybody is willing to say.

Now, he is drawn into a game of evasion and pursuit, a game whose stakes spike dangerously when a figure from his past reappears—someone who knows secrets about him that he had hoped were buried forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] tantalizing, timely thriller…The high point is a frightening nighttime escape on the open sea, a segment that the author relates with passion and terror…[Fesperman] gives us a highly detailed and useful picture of Gitmo and its denizens: the pervasive military infrastructure that determines the daily rhythms of life, the daily turf battles between the competing interrogation teams and their acronym-laden sponsors, and the always looming presence of Fidel Castro’s Cuba…You should enjoy reading Falk’s quick-witted escapades…Powerful.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A brilliant, gorgeously written story of hope, betrayal, and innocence lost. If George Smiley defined the Cold War spy, then Revere Falk and The Prisoner of Guantánamo are the opening chapter of the spy novel for the twenty-first century. Those who thought espionage fiction was dead have only to read this book (and its predecessor, The Warlord’s Son) to realize that Dan Fesperman has the same great talent as John le Carré…Fesperman is so good at plot construction I didn’t even see the twist coming. His characters, even the minor ones, are fully realized…I couldn’t put this book down the first time I read it, or even the second. In fact, I want to read it again. That’s the way it is with really wonderful spy novels…Extraordinary.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “[Fesperman] is one of the best writers of intelligent thrillers based on contemporary events working today. So, even though headlines about Guantánamo keep coming, The Prisoner of Guantánamo hasn’t lost any of its edge and urgency…What makes the novel work is the attention to detail…He gives us the physical layout [but] he’s even better at creating the emotional atmosphere, the tedium and the tension, the paranoia and the boredom…Observant, thoughtful, witty, and concerned, [Fesperman] has robustly adapted the thriller to the age of the GWOT.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “[Fesperman] has over the past few years been quietly building his reputation as one of the country’s most informed and entertaining thriller writers. His most recent books have been deftly plotted and set in carefully reconstructed foreign settings with characters able to persuade readers of their authentic relation to local politics and places…[Guantánamo] springs him further along in his burgeoning new career…An interesting and exciting new thriller.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • Guantánamo has a real impact. Timeliness aside, Fesperman achieves a fascinating picture of a miniature security state thriving, like some anaerobic organism, in airless insulation from the inhibitions of a larger civil society…[He] vividly portrays the cliques and divisions…Intricate.”

    Los Angels Times Book Review

  • “Heart-breakingly believable…Falk is a character of depth and fascination.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “[Guantánamo] offers a detailed look at this most gung-ho of places…Fesperman maintains the tension throughout…He should be applauded for his research.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Compelling…Fesperman, a reporter…who has been to Guantánamo on assignment, penetrates the camp, laying bare its daily workings. It’s a fascinating tour.”

    New York Daily News

  • “A taut thriller full of sharp observations…Tensions rise to an explosive level.”

    U.S. News & World Report

  • “Fesperman makes the current Guantánamo controversy come alive in ways that news accounts have failed to do…The plot threads weave together cleanly…With each book, Fesperman shows improvement in his plotting, pacing, use of dialogue, and other techniques.”

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • “Riveting…[Set in] a pressure cooker world…One of the few novels to properly exploit the tensions inherent in the War on Terror.”

    Buffalo News

  • “With a journalist’s eye for telling detail, Fesperman captures the hothouse atmosphere of the tiny patch of land that is Gitmo…The strength of The Prisoner of Guantánamo [is that] it seems more like fact than fiction.”


  • “A superb spy thriller worthy of sharing shelf space with the novels of John le Carré and Ken Follett…The mystery at the heart of The Prisoner of Guantánamo is solid and darkly imaginative, but it’s the nitty-gritty details about the conspiratorial atmosphere at Guantánamo that gives the novel its heft. Fesperman conjures up the island’s blistering heat and the competitive antagonism stirred up by the proximity of members of the military, the FBI, the CIA, and the Department of Homeland Security. He draws a dramatic portrait of Gitmo’s typical soldiers…Most poignantly, Fesperman offers a glimpse into what life must be like for the prisoners of Guantánamo who rightly, or wrongly, are imprisoned there…The author’s objective eye lets readers decide whether the treatment of detainees, as he describes it in his novel, is morally justified or altogether reprehensible.”

    USA Today

  • “A topnotch topical thriller…Fesperman deftly builds suspense, painting a dark picture of the operations at Camp Delta and its shadier cousins, Echo and X-Ray, while including plenty of sympathetic character development…Enthusiastically recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Fesperman continues his intelligent novelist’s tour of places you’d be terrified to visit, alighting this time in Guantánamo Bay…[The Prisoner of Guantánamo has] sharply drawn scenery, [a] fascinating setting, and a couple of exceptionally interesting central characters.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Veteran foreign correspondent Fesperman taps another timely issue in his fourth topical thriller…Fesperman does a superb job of explaining the inner workings at Guantánamo, as well as the context for the public outcry at the base.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Winner of the 2006 Hammett Prize
  • A 2007 Barry Award Finalist for Best Novel

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About the Author

Dan Fesperman’s travels as a writer have taken him to thirty countries and three war zones. Lie in the Dark won the Crime Writers’ Association of Britain’s John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for best first crime novel, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows won their Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for best thriller, and The Prisoner of Guantánamo won the Dashiell Hammett Award from the International Association of Crime Writers. He lives in Baltimore.

About the Narrator

David Colacci is an actor and director who has directed and performed in prominent theaters nationwide. His credits include roles from Shakespeare to Albee, as well as extensive work on new plays. As a narrator, he has won numerous Earphones Awards, earned Audie Award nominations, and been included in Best Audio of the Year lists by such publications as Publishers Weekly, AudioFile magazine, and Library Journal. He was a resident actor and director with the Cleveland Play House for eight years and has been artistic director of the Hope Summer Rep Theater since 1992.