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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?

A Very Private Plot takes the listener inside the Kremlin and the Reagan White House, exhibiting a detailed knowledge and savoir-faire characteristic of the author. The forces unleashed in 1985 threaten any resolution between the United States and the Soviet Union and threaten the lives of a very small unit of young Russians who remain in the memory as the tale reaches a climax.

©1994 William F. Buckley, Jr. (P)1995 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"The best Blackford Oakes novel yet." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Catherine
  • 2007-08-25

Political Suspense

When suspense and politics are rolled into one then it's Buckley, Jr. Good stuff.

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  • BP
  • 2021-04-14

Slow start, boring, hard to follow

weak initial story... doesn't engage the reader. weak character development. just BORING so i. not gonna try to pauh through. Story tries to sell you on powerful men but it comes off as boastful egotistical blowhards sitting around talking about a clandestine vs transparency in secret missions.

honestly, I don't care for the narrator either, everybody started to sound alike.