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A Single Source

Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: William Carver, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

Veteran BBC reporter William Carver is in Cairo - bang in the middle of the Arab Spring.  

'The only story in the world' according to his editor. But it isn't - there's another story, more significant and potentially more dangerous, and if no one else is willing to tell it...then Carver will, whatever the consequences.  

A Single Source tells two stories, which over a few tumultuous months come together to prove inextricably linked. There are the dramatic, world-changing events across North Africa and the Middle East, as protests led by a new generation of tech-savvy youngsters challenge the established order. Then there are two Eritrean brothers, desperate to make their way up from the Horn of Africa across the continent to a better life in Europe. The horrors they endure at the hands of people traffickers and others along the way test their endurance and humanity to its limit.  

William Carver spots the Arab Spring early, aided by one of the infamous 'Listeners' at the BBC monitoring station in Caversham. He and his producer, Patrick, chase the story across North Africa before arriving in Egypt where the battle between the corrupt old order and the new will be both bloody and potentially definitive.  

The world is watching, but its attention span is increasingly short. Carver knows the story is a complex one and, in the age of Facebook, Twitter and rolling news, difficult stories are getting harder to tell. If everyone is a reporter, then whom do you believe?   

©2019 Peter Hanington (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

"Topical, authoritative and gripping." (Charles Cumming)

"Tight, pacy and strong on atmosphere." (Michael Palin)  

"Completely unputdownable - gripping." (Seb Emina) 

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Simply outstanding.

Great plot, strong & believable characters. Very well narated, capturing the characters amd tension of the plot. Would thoroughly recommend.

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excellent

good story once again superbly narrated by JK. He makes the characters seem so real with his different voices.

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What a find!

Kept me interested and intrigued the whole way through. The leading characters entirely convincing in their own truth and the narration couldn't have been bettered. Will seek out more by this author and narrator.

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  • 31-08-19

Exceptional

This is a great listen. It is like hearing a documentary. Great plot, intricate characters. It is every bit as good as “A Dying Breed”.
Peter Hannington is an excellent author.

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A riveting and convincing thriller

Investigative radio journalist with a dogged determination to find the truth in the shady world of bent arms trading against the backdrop of the Arab spring.

Along the way, Hanington tells heart rending stories of extraordinary people trying to lead or seek decent lives destroyed by the greed and indifference of those in power.

I like the way the plot unfolds, sometimes predictably, and sometimes surprisingly, restoring hope when you think all is lost.

Also found myself wanting to know more about Eritrea (had no idea about the thousands of historical buildings and also lots of art deco as remnant of Italian occupation during Mussolini's era).

Superb narration, as expected, from Keeble; the reason I started listening to the first book in the series.

A great second book in the William Carver series. Looking forward to the third.

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  • 05-09-19

Bits missing

It seems like the editor has chop bits out all over the place. Also I think there must be a part two coming. Other wise it was very good.