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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (308 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mike Lawson Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The DeMarco Series Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9781415931486
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The dazzling sequel to The Inside Ring finds Joe DeMarco, the Speaker of the House’s all-purpose “fixer” in a battle of wits against a lethal female spy. 

When the Secretary of the Navy’s nephew says he believes that two colleagues at a U.S. naval base may be committing fraud, his uncle is skeptical. Reluctant to launch an official investigation based on a relative’s vague suspicions, the secretary asks House Speaker, John Mahoney, to send his troubleshooter, DeMarco, to check out the story. As DeMarco and his friend Emma, a retired DIA agent, began to investigate what they thought was a low-stakes government swindle, they come to the terrifying realization that an espionage ring has infiltrated the naval base. 

The leader of the espionage cell is a woman with whom Emma has a history that goes back to the cold war. Their encounter destroyed the woman’s once promising career and turned her into a ruthless operative who cares about only one thing: destroying Emma, the person responsible for her shame, dishonor, and shattered life. DeMarco has never been near a spy in his life—at least not that he knew of—and now he’s dealing with a foreign agent who is more deadly than anyone he’s ever encountered.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Giovagnoni | 1/5/2014

    " Nothing exceptional about this book. Good story. It was mildly entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 1/5/2014

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Joe DeMarco; while investigating a complaint regarding possible espionage at a nuclear base, DeMarco and friends come across a much larger plot and a very scary villain "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peg | 12/27/2013

    " I enjoy the Joe DeMarco books. He's a likable character and even Mahoney, an old reprobate, is likeable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 12/13/2013

    " Another good book from Mike Lawson, although there seems to be a part that got left out at the end of the book. Read it, and tell me if you have the same thought as me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Giovagnoni | 11/19/2013

    " A fast paced thriller worthy of the genre "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 11/15/2013

    " Fun thriller featuring a fixer for the speaker of the house. The main character understands his limits and while he gets the job done he never seems like a superman. Audio read by Scott Brick "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 6/27/2013

    " entertaining and probably accurate view of the spy world to a certain extent "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Buck | 6/4/2013

    " Ho Hum! I think the series would be much better with Emma as the main Character! Very weak but still entertaining. Like watching t.v! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 4/27/2013

    " Well written, engaging, several twists to the plot. This is author's second book and in the spy, thriller category, I suspect he will do well. Sort of like NCIS "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 3/11/2013

    " Joe Demarco is a fixer who works out of a basement office for the Speaker of the House. He gets called in by the Speaker help the son of a friend and finds himself mixed in an espionage case involving stolen classified information. Not outstanding, but a decent read worth 3 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gaile Wakeman | 1/3/2013

    " Not such a hot writer but good story. His physical descriptions of the male protagonists began to make me giggle as they were so much the same, without imagination and superfluous to the story.Made want to be an editor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Lang | 9/27/2012

    " Likable characters and gripping plots make Lawson's DeMarco series a fun read... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yvonne Powderly | 8/10/2012

    " I'll probably read another DeMarco novel before dropping the series or not. This book did not make me want to rush out for the next installment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 5/30/2012

    " Easy, entertainment. The second in this series. The author is consistent in his writing without getting yawningly formulaic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 11/18/2011

    " This was better than the first book about Joe. Easy read. Hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Newell | 3/18/2011

    " A pretty good book. It stayed interesting the whole way through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James Poole | 3/16/2011

    " Picked this up as was sucked in by the "if you like Lee Child, you will love Mike Lawson" - sorry fully disagree! Main character is not a touch on Jack Reacher and will not be returning to the author for further reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/29/2011

    " This was a decent story and fairly well told. There several leaps of credibility and a bit of sentiment as plot ploy which always annoys me, but over all, not too bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 12/11/2010

    " I like this book, but I think the author should spend more time developing DeMarco. He's a good protagonist, but there seems to be more about Emma than anyone else. The plot was ok. Altogether, an average book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 HBalikov | 8/15/2010

    " Joe DeMarco may not grow much as a character in this second book but he is getting around to interesting places and, again, with much at stake. 4 stars reflects the compelling, page-turning way in which Lawson constructs his thriller.

    Now on to the next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 7/10/2010

    " entertaining and probably accurate view of the spy world to a certain extent "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 9/26/2009

    " book on tape
    like joe demarco.
    good story.
    entertaining!!!!!
    Re-listened to it during a 4 day drive to downtown for LNGUAGE ! training. Augu 2010 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 8/20/2009

    " Well written, engaging, several twists to the plot. This is author's second book and in the spy, thriller category, I suspect he will do well. Sort of like NCIS "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 7/8/2008

    " This was better than the first book about Joe. Easy read. Hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/6/2008

    " This was a decent story and fairly well told. There several leaps of credibility and a bit of sentiment as plot ploy which always annoys me, but over all, not too bad. "

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