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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (175 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Caplan Narrator: Bill Clinton, Michael Nouri Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781101538517
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A former soldier turned movie star turned spy must stop a catastrophic nuclear weapons deal.

This gripping thriller from Thomas Caplan propels readers around the globe-from Hollywood to Rome, the Black Sea to the Mediterranean-and to the very brink of nuclear abyss.

The novel's charismatic hero, former covert operative Ty Hunter, has become, almost by accident, the number one film star in the world. When he is recruited on a clandestine mission to thwart the transfer of nuclear warheads into rogue hands, he must deploy every skill he has as an actor, soldier, and spy. Donning his fame as a disguise, Ty matches wits and muscle with the enigmatic billionaire Ian Santal and his nefarious protégé Philip Frost-two supremely sophisticated adversaries- even as he falls in love with the entrancing young woman closest to them both, the jewelry designer Isabella Cavill.

In prose that is both elegant and powerful, The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen gives us a breakneck parable of good and evil-and a hero in the tradition of James Bond and Jason Bourne, who is sure to become an icon of the genre.

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Quotes & Awards

  • There is wisdom as well as considerable pleasure to be extracted from the stylish, involving, utterly contemporary puzzle that is this novel.… The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen will keep you under its spell and stiffen your resolve to make the world a safer place for our children.

    President Bill Clinton, from the Introduction

  • Thomas Caplan has crafted an absorbing thriller of intrigue and menace that draws you into a vortex you can't escape until the end. The Spy Who Jumped Off The Screen is the most ingenious thriller I've ever read.

    Clive Cussler, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Kingdom

  • A fanciful, enjoyable romp that centers on three stolen nuclear warheads—the fate of mankind!—even as it carries us deep into the world of people who are as dangerous and degenerate as they are rich. . . . [Caplan’s] portrait of [decadent billionaires] is a delight.

    Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post

  • A fascinating thriller.

    Greta Van Susteren, Fox News

  • You can trust the former president when he tells you to read this diverting spy thriller, which stars Bond-Bourne love child Ty Hunter. He’s a triple hyphenate—actor-soldier-spy—and he’ll need all three of those personas. . . . There’s really nothing more menacing than the threat of nuclear annihilation. You’ll believe Caplan’s well-constructed, globe-trotting story—and that his hero has the goods to save the day.

    Los Angeles Magazine

  • A kick-ass premise. . . . The novel boasts great, James Bond–style supporting characters. . . . And it has a story that, with its action and intrigue, is guaranteed to keep readers glued to their seats. . . . An excellent, don’t-dare-miss-it kind of thriller.”
  • Booklist (Starred Review)

  • What an exuberant cast of characters--arms dealers, spies, movie stars, beautiful maidens, stolen nuclear warheads -and in Thomas Caplan, a gifted and sophisticated writer to direct the ensemble. The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen is an entertaining romp.

    David Ignatius, author of Bloodmoney

  • An elegant thriller by an author with keen insight into the world of international intrigue, with finely crafted characters who will stay with you long after you have closed the book.

    Ted Bell, New York Times bestselling author of Warlord

  • Caplan's business and international background, reflected in three earlier novels (e.g., Grace and Favor), give authenticity to this fantastic tale of intrigue.

    Library Journal

  • With a dashing hero, an attractive jewelry designer, and a megalomaniac billionaire villain worthy of James Bond, Caplan brings to you a thriller for the modern day. You’ll sail on a luxury yacht and get lost in foreign locales. Filled with passion and betrayal, technology and money hungry men, this book will bring you up to a new level of story telling, and keep you there for the entire ride. . . . Caplan gets into the minds of the main characters, showing faults, quirks, loves and regrets, and how history affects the present. . . .  Be ready for an adventure worthy of another classic battle between good and evil.

    Suspense Magazine

  • Thomas Caplan channels Ian Fleming in this gracefully written, fast moving, all too pertinent thriller.

    Robert Stone, author of Dog Soldiers

  • A highly sophisticated and entertaining thriller! With enviable finesse and accelerating tension, Caplan introduces us to a world of high and low life, West Wing officials and computer paladins, Hollywood stars and global financial wizards. Don't pick up this book if you have made plans for the evening.

    Philip Bobbitt, author of The Shield of Achilles and Terror and Consent

  • The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen is a thrilling novel of espionage and derring-do, high jinks and high stakes, that unfolds rapidly against a canvas of seductive international glamour. But its grace note is the siren song of Hollywood that, out of nowhere, attracted then transformed its astonishing hero.

    Kevin Starr, author of Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 2/3/2014

    " I struggled with this book. It was hard to stay focused. I suppose it just did not capture my attention and interest like I had hoped it would. A good story, but far-fetched. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 2/2/2014

    " This was definitely not the book for me. Try as I might I could not read past the first few chapters. So back to the library it went. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 1/29/2014

    " Ty Hunter, Hollywood star and spy, brings almost nothing to the table to help the U.S. president avoid a nuclear holocaust. Chasing cardboard cut bad guys across Europe Ty seems to achive a lot by doing little. The book's characters showed little uniqueness, eg. bad guy has these qualities, good guy has these qualities; the plot was okay but there was no a whole lot of action--just a lot of dialogue that was not very interesting. My time could have been better spent but I honestly expected the book would pick up its pace at some point. It didn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy Plonka | 1/22/2014

    " I'm not much on spy novel of which this is one so take my comments with a grain of salt. The pace of this story is very slow, which makes reading it more painful, and it has the usual compliment of stock characters associated with such novels. There is the Russian mob presence, several characters for whom their success trumps anything, a beautiful girl who seems unattainable to the hero, himself a veteran army intelligence officer turned movie star. Well, you gert the picture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 1/19/2014

    " This spy thriller was fun as an audiobook, and I think it is a good start to a series, but the plot as a whole needed a bit more action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 alwz | 1/16/2014

    " Engaging and fun, not super believable. Moved too slowly at times and wrapped up a tad too neatly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/15/2014

    " I'm surprised this book has been rated so poorly. It is a spy/action book, so you should know what to expect. It's no John LeCarre, but it still proves comparable to Fleming and Ludlum. At the very least it is a fun page-turner and a great way to spend a few hours. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stéphanie Amesse | 1/15/2014

    " Didn't do anything for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jay Clement | 12/9/2013

    " Not great. Characters spoke like a thesaurus, using words nobody uses in actual conversation. Plot was full of silly and unbelievable twists and turns. I was pretty disappointed. I wanted to like it, but... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pat | 12/6/2013

    " I wanted to like this book. I thought the premise was great; but I couldn't even get halfway through. It was so boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heathermarvell | 11/30/2013

    " I finished it, so this squeaks in with two stars, but really, it was horrible. So flat and formulaic. It could have been written by a computer. Then only plus is that it was somewhat better in the use of language (and here I mean not excrutiatingly bad) than many in this genre. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew Campbell | 11/25/2013

    " Terrific premise, limp execution. Protagonist doesn't show up for 40 pages and then turns out to be the most boring character in the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason Nassi | 11/25/2013

    " Started off well, but then fizzled out for a looooong time, and an ultimately unsatisfying ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 6/17/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book, but the dialogue was TERRIBLE. It's like the author never had a conversation with a real person. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 5/30/2013

    " it's okay but I was disappointed. the jacket blurb sounded better than the story itself. "

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

    " Ty Hunter is a soldier turned movie star. But Ty is pulled into being a spy. Exciting thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/24/2013

    " Seems like a John Le Carre wannabe, but the people are boring "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 9/30/2012

    " President Bill Clinton and I don't like the same kinds of books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Agnes | 6/14/2012

    " An entertaining, light read. For an action/ spy thriller type of novel the action sequences were a little slow and the dialogue was a little unrealistic but overall I enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laurie | 3/22/2012

    " I read 150 pages and still couldn't follow the convoluted plot. I don't like to give up on books but this one gave me a headache "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami Goodwin | 3/9/2012

    " A really interesting premises that gets bogged down in details from time-to-time, but manages to be a fairly entertaining story. The opening few pages are excellent, and provide some great hope that this author will continue to develop in this genre. "

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About the Narrator

William Jefferson Clinton was the forty-second president of the United States and the first baby-boomer to occupy the Oval Office. He became president at the end of the Cold War, serving two terms from 1993 to 2001 and leaving with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any president since World War II. Since then, he has been involved in public speaking and humanitarian work and has remained active in politics by campaigning for Democratic candidates.