Blackford Oakes

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Saving the Queen Summary

President Truman is nearing the end of his term in office, and Great Britain has a new queen. It is 1952; the Cold War is beginning to heat up, and vital Western military secrets are falling into Soviet hands. The CIA is faced with a delicate dilemma, for the source of the leaks to the KGB has been traced directly to the Queen's chambers.

The situation must be resolved, but the young Queen's self-confidence and public credibility must not be damaged. Thus young Blackford Oakes, handsome, debonaire, and audacious, a recent Yale graduate and ex-combat fighter pilot, is selected to penetrate the royal circle, win the Queen's confidence, and plug the leak. The action leads to an explosive showdown in the skies over London, one that could determine the future of the West.

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  • Book 1

    • Saving the Queen

    • A Blackford Oakes Mystery
    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: James Buschmann
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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    President Truman is nearing the end of his term in office, and Great Britain has a new queen. It is 1952; the Cold War is beginning to heat up, and vital Western military secrets are falling into Soviet hands. The CIA is faced with a delicate dilemma, for the source of the leaks to the KGB has been traced directly to the Queen's chambers.

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  • Book 2

    • Stained Glass

    • A Blackford Oakes Mystery
    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Blaisdell
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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    A matter of some delicacy: finding the perfect blue to restore the windows of a 13th century German chapel at the Palace of St. Anselm. Blackford Oakes, fresh from his daring exploits at Windsor Castle, is in charge. But Alex Wintergrin, owner of the chapel, is far more than a charming aristocrat and congenial companion. A charismatic hero, he is rising to power, rousing his countrymen to reunite Germany.

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  • Book 3

    • Who's on First

    • A Blackford Oakes Mystery
    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Blaisdell
    • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
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    It's 1956, and the cold war is hot. Hungary has just fallen, and Blackford Oakes is back from Budapest, puzzling over a betrayal and mourning a tragedy he couldn't prevent. But in Washington, all attention is focused on the race to put the first satellite in space. Ironically, Russia and America each have the secrets the other needs to succeed. The solution: kidnap a pair of extraordinary Russian scientists who can put the U.S. in the lead.

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  • Book 4

    • Marco Polo, If You Can

    • A Blackford Oakes Mystery
    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Blaisdell
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
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    When a shadowy Russian mole threatens to undermine the free world's defenses by infiltrating President Eisenhower's National Security Counsel, CIA super-secret agent Blackford Oakes is called in to unmask the imposter. Oakes turns the tables on the Communists by piloting a U-2 spy plane on a Gary Powers-style one-way mission behind the Iron Curtain. Sentenced to death and trapped in the depths of the Lubyanka prison, Oakes may have turned his last trick. Or has he?

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  • Book 5

    • The Story of Henri Tod

    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: James Buschmann
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
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    It is 1961 in Berlin, and the Cold War is at its most chilling. Suave CIA agent Blackford Oakes has come to investigate.

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  • Book 6

    • See You Later, Alligator

    • A Blackford Oakes Mystery
    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Blaisdell
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
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    President Kennedy has selected Blackford Oakes to meet with Che Guevara inside Castro's Cuba as part of his Operation Alligator, a daring plan to bring about an era of détente in East-West relations. The communists, however, have another agenda in mind: a double-cross with terrifying consequences. Soon, Oakes is trapped in Cuba, and the heat is on. Warming the climate greatly is the sultry beauty Catalina. The weather forecast: betrayal, power politics, and sudden death.

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  • Book 9

    • Tucker's Last Stand

    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
    • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
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    The year is 1964. Faced with a hard-hitting presidential campaign and a deteriorating situation in Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson dispatches Oakes and a swashbuckling soldier of fortune named Tucker on secret missions to Southeast Asia. Tucker is to figure out how to interdict military traffic along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

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  • Book 10

    • A Very Private Plot

    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: Brian Emerson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
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    The year is 1995, and an energetic senator wants to disarm, perhaps even eliminate, the CIA. To accumulate the evidence necessary to persuade the Senate, he needs the cooperation of Blackford Oakes, now retired. He wants from Oakes an account of his covert activity 10 years earlier, when Oakes served as chief of covert activities for the CIA. But, what will the frustrated senator do to compel cooperation from Blackford Oakes?

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  • Book 11

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