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Download The Scorpion's Gate Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Scorpions Gate (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Richard A. Clarke
2.8 out of 52.8 out of 52.8 out of 52.8 out of 52.8 out of 5 2.80 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard A. Clarke Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN:
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From the noted counterterrorism expert and #1 best-selling author comes an astonishing fiction debut, a novel of terrorism, warring nations, and political treachery, that could happen tomorrow.

For three decades, Richard A. Clarke worked in the White House, State Department, and Pentagon. As adviser to four presidents, he traveled throughout the Middle East, visiting palaces, military bases, and intelligence centers, meeting rulers, soldiers, and spies. Some of what he found appeared in Against All Enemies. Much more of it appears here.

In an extraordinary geopolitical thriller filled with the kind of cutting-edge authenticity only someone on the inside could bring, Clarke takes readers just five years into the future, when forces both in the Middle East and the United States are at work to launch another war. But this time, it could be bigger. This time, it could be nuclear, and spread to Asia and beyond.

A coup has finally toppled the sheiks of Saudi Arabia, and put a determined but shaky Islamic government in its place. Everywhere, the scent of oil has begun to attract the scorpions, and among them are men in Washington and another capital ready to strike a devil's bargain to fundamentally realign the map of the Middle East. The plans are not the same, however, though some of the planners think they are. Hidden agendas, fierce ambition, conflicting loyalties, faulty intelligence, catastrophic miscalculation-soon the dominos will start to fall, and not even the efforts of a few dedicated men and women on the outside may be able to stop an unstoppable folly. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheryl | 5/27/2011

    " As I started this cd, I realized I listened to it before. I don't remember the whole story but I didn't think it was good enough to listen to again, although I did finish it the first time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 5/8/2011

    " My ranking may be pushing it a bit. Lots of military and spy "speak" and not much intrigue or suspense. Waste of time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/18/2011

    " Not my thing. There were entirely too many characters to keep track of, the storyline was all over the place, and I found the book to drag on. Could of been interesting but I did not find it enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vincarter | 10/31/2010

    " Vivid and suspenseful international thriller set just slightly beyond actual events of recent memory in the middle east and south Asia. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 10/11/2010

    " I found the cast of characters and constant shift of venue difficult to follow and figured it would all turn out alright in the end which it did with the loss of about half the good guys. Don't bother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck | 3/24/2010

    " A coup displaces the Saud family rule of Saudi Arabia. A good story of
    Middle East intrigue authored by a true Washington insider. Mr. Clarke
    served as advisor to our last four presidents.

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Selma | 1/14/2010

    " I learned that the CIA secret offices are located in the white house's basement "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Papajack | 12/22/2009

    " Um. Adds to your US & Middle East education. As Clarke says,"Fiction can often tell the truth better than nonfiction. And there is a lot of truth that needs to be told." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cristobal | 12/20/2009

    " talk about a painful read. it took a lot of effort to finish. boring, flat, uninteresting characters. the only reason i finished it was because i was almost half way done with it before i decided that it wasn't me. the book just sucked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 10/18/2009

    " A very surprisingly good read. It reminded me of Tom Clancy's books, but from a more centrist or left perspective. Set predominately in the persian gulf area, lots of political intrigue...Easy fast read..... "

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About the Author
Author Richard A. Clarke

Richard A. Clarke completed a thirty year career in national security, during which he held positions in the White House, the Pentagon, the Intelligence Community, and the State Department. He worked in the White House National Security Council for presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush for an unprecedented ten consecutive years, and he served on President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence. After leaving full-time government service, Clarke wrote six books, both fiction and nonfiction, taught for five years at Harvard’s Kennedy School, has been an on-air consultant for ABC News for a decade, created and manages a cyber security and venture capital related consulting firm, serves on corporate boards, and is chairman of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute.

About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.