• by Ken Follett
  • Narrated by J. Charles
  • 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

EGYPT - where, hidden deep in the desert, a top-secret project to build a nuclear plant that will give the Arabs the bomb nears completion....ISRAEL - where the Mossad's top agent, Nat Dickstein, a master of disguise and deceit, is given an impossible mission: to beat the Arabs in the arms race by finding and stealing 200 tons of uranium without any other nation discovering the theft....RUSSIA - where top KGB officials have decided to tip the atomic balance in Egypt's favor....ENGLAND - where Dickstein makes what could be the fatal mistake of his career by falling under the seductive spell of Suzie Ashford, the dazzling, dark-haired beauty who may be his dearest ally or his deadliest enemy....THE HIGH SEAS - where the Mossad, KGB, Egyptians, and Fedayeen terrorists play out the final violent, bloody moves in a devastating game where the price of failure is nuclear holocaust.


What the Critics Say

"A superb thriller." (Newsweek)


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Customer Reviews

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Interesting, entertaining and educational

One of the reasons I love historical fiction is how much it teaches me. Not only did I learn more about the KGB, the Mossad and the production of nuclear weapons, but I was never bored and up let several nights not wanting to turn it off. As always Ken Follet delivers interesting characters in extraordinary situations.
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- Harry

Old-style spy thriller

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to a friend who likes stories of cunning and intrigue over stories heavy with action and slick one-liners.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was the Egyptian double-agent. I found his motivations fascinating. And I was very interested as he took actions that looked evil on the surface, but turned out to be necessary.

My favorite character to hate was the Egyptian spy who was working with the Russians. I found his character to be realistic and evil. The realism of him was enhanced in how I found his motivations to be completely unreasonable in my American mind, but to also be in complete agreement with many of the Middle Easterners that I have encountered in my life.

What does J. Charles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

An Australian accent to a Cockney Englishman.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it was. I was listening to it while I was in my workshop woodworking. When I was done, I continued to listen to it as I made and ate dinner. When I wasn't listening to the audiobook, I was thinking about it's twists and turns.

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- Thomas Allen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio