In Duplicity, the newest thriller from former speaker of the House and best-selling author Newt Gingrich, such an invisible hand overseeing havoc worldwide plays a major role. Gingrich has teamed with former Washington Post reporter and best-selling author Pete Earley to create a highly plausible mix of domestic and global action in this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller.
And, of course, it's set during an American presidential election.
When President Sally Allworth decides to reestablish America's Mogadishu embassy in Somalia weeks before Election Day, her challenger says she is playing politics with American lives. That turns out to be true when the embassy is attacked and hostages are taken. Embassy station chief Gunter Conner and marine captain Brooke Grant end up the unlikely survivors of this Benghazi-style attack. Suddenly they are the only hope for saving their captured colleagues.
The firestorm of drama is compelling, set off by the intersection of Washington power and politics, a fragile third-world Islamic country, and Somali Americans here at home.
Only Newt Gingrich's unique, in-depth knowledge of the political realities of friend and foe could weave such a spellbinding tale of events and personalities, one that could actually happen...if America's leaders aren't wary of a world full of duplicity.
©2015 Newt Gingrich, Pete Earley (P)2015 Hachette Audio
I have always enjoyed a good political thriller or detective novel, now in my fifties, I find that I have even less time to spend reading.
Great story, if a little far fetched at times. Looking forward to the Falcon getting his comeuppance sometime soon...
"Hard to put down"
This book was harder to put down than a Michael Crichton novel. I thought at first that a political novel might be a little sleepy and boring but not this one. There was great action from the first chapter and stayed that way through the entire book. Also this isn't a book that tries to sell Republican ideas but seemed to focus on a more serious problem that our country is facing. This is a must read for every American regardless of your political stance.
"Overall I liked the book BUT"
It is ok but I have a ton of audio books in the hundreds if not over a thousand so where could you place it most likely bottom of the middle third.
Narration was good
No The Protagonist Marine Corps Captain was not very convincing. I hated that she had to argue with any one and every one that she came in contact with . Though supposedly the heroin of the story I kept hoping she would either mature as character or the author would write her out of the story.
"My Personal Favorite To-Date from Speaker Gingrich"
The feeling of authenticity is so hard to achieve in any work of fiction, and you will experience this realism in Speaker Gingrich and Pete Earley’s new book Duplicity. The characters and the events are contemporary, especially given that 2016 is an important Presidential Election year. The book highlights the pressures all are under who hold a political or military office; to serve your country yet be true to their personal values.
Robert Fass’s rendition communicated a steady, non-judgmental account of events, combined with a measured emotional emphasis when necessary. And, interestingly enough, I found myself not liking the female heroin, Brook, very much… too opinionated I thought, hurts women in influential positions, then laughed at myself, “it’s just a character in a book!” The voice of the story is so important for the author.
Very interesting. It makes you wonder about the events in our lives and government. I learned long ago not to always believe what we are told.
"A "page turner" that feels real"
This is the 5th book by Newt Gingrich that I have read, but the first involving present day events rather than things in the past. This book, like every other Gingrich book I have read, is full of well drawn characters, an interesting story and the insights of a trained historian and politician and I have seldom read any modern thriller that was more engrossing or truer to the times in which the book was set. It is unsettling easy to believe that the events taking place in this story could be tomorrow’s headlines and, in fact, parts of the story seem eerily like things that have been happening during the last few years.
We have a President running for re-election making foreign policy decisions based on a desire to get a polling bump rather than on sound policy decisions, politicians lying to each other and burying facts, political blackmail, violations of US law and more, and all of that paralleling the story of an intelligence agent pursuing his own goals without regard to morality and law along with the story of a small group of marines who have to deal with the fallout of all of these decisions. All of the characters feel real, and the politics, background and partisan decisions taken have the feel of events that have possibly happened in the recent past. It is very easy to draw parallels between some of the characters and actual political figures in yesterday’s and today’s headlines and the main thread of the terrorist plot feels as real as what we see on the news.
The narration is very good, the story is gripping and Mr Gingrich has delivered another great book. I will certainly buy the sequel.
Yes, it is a very interesting book.
The interplay and meddling of American politics in developing countries is interesting!
I thought the main character, the woman, a bit too headstrong at inappropriate times. Mist of the Tim I liked her, but sometimes she really grated on me.
The story was entertaining and kept me interested. If a sequel was written I would get it.
This was my first Newt Gingrich book. I will soon be enjoying more of his books.
I was intrigued when I saw Newt pitching is book on one of the news programs.
When I read the quote by Nelson DeMille on the front cover, that was The last little bit of encouragement I needed to make the purchase. I'm very glad I did.
The timeliness of the plot in this book is spot on.
Thank you Newt, it's a great read!!!
"An Engaging Thiller With Historic Context"
Excellently developed characters set in a present day novel about terrorism and the politics of Washington D.C. The authors add enough historic background to make the book even more realistic. The reader, Robert Fass, does wonderful work in adding distinct voices to portray each charter. Thanks to his reading, I was never confused as to which character was speaking. All in all a very satisfying ``read.''
"I really enjoyed Brook..."
Fast paced, relevant to what is happening in the world today.. Scary tho to think that our elected officials act this way..
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