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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (53 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brent Ghelfi Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Volk Series Release Date:
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The past erupts into the present when the police arrest Alexei Volkovoy, known as Volk, at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport and take him to a murder scene. At first, the dead man appears to be just one more victim of Moscow’s out-of-control violence. But Volk soon discovers that he is a famous Hollywood filmmaker whose reputation was destroyed in 1995 when the CIA released decrypted documents from the Venona cables—the top-secret American and British crypto-analysis of Soviet messages that implicated the Rosenbergs, Alger Hiss, Kim Philby, and hundreds of other Soviet spies. Tucked inside the American’s pocket is a marked-up Venona intercept that refers to a Russian used as a spy by the Americans, a man who may have been Volk’s illustrious father. 

Aided by his female partner, Valya, Volk’s only hope to clear his family name will be to solve this murder and discover how the Venona papers relate to his father’s disappearance, while powerful forces want to keep him from investigating the past and to remove him from the present.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "The Venona Cable packs more punch than a trunk full of C4…An intelligently written, pulse-pounding thriller that everyone will be talking about.”

    Brad Thor, New York Times bestselling author of The Apostle

  • “Brent Ghelfi’s Volk is back in The Venona Cable, lethal as ever…This is Volk—damaged, intense, perversely moral—at his compelling best.”

    Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Isaac’s Storm

  • “Stephen Hoye’s vocal agility is impressive…[He] skillfully builds the tension, making this thriller difficult to turn off.”


  • “The pace, plot, and dialog are intensely accelerated, yet the intricate emotions and motives evoked in the quest are also deftly folded in by Ghelfi’s rare talent. A sure bet for thriller fans.”

    Library Journal

  • “The accolades Ghelfi has received for his Volk novels are well deserved, and this will only add to his acclaim.”


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Linny | 12/11/2013

    " Don't care for his writing, violence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dennis Willingham | 1/7/2012

    " Third in the series and the first I read, felt like I was missing something not knowing Volk's backstory. A modern espionage page turner, with the premice the changes to the USSR did nothing to stop or slow down spying (I would guess true). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 6/4/2010

    " just started but like writing style already "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 10/29/2009

    " just started but like writing style already "

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About the Author
Author Brent Ghelfi

Brent Ghelfi is the author of the critically acclaimed Shadow of the Wolf and The Venona Cable as well as Volk’s Game, which was nominated by the International Thriller Writers for Best First Novel of 2007 and by Mystery News and Deadly Pleasures magazines for a Barry Award for Best Thriller.