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The Book of Spies
Gayle Lynds
Duration: 14 hours
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Unabridged
1 credit ó US$ 24.95
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Description and Biographies

Best Book of 2010 -- Library Journal: Thrillers
Best Audiobook of 2010 -- Library Journal

     Spoken of in hushed tones by those who know the story... The Library of Gold is a legendary collection of rare, priceless books from ages past. Lost to the world for centuries, its existence has come to be regarded as myth, but it is real and secretly controlled by a mysterious cabal of the world’s richest, most powerful men, who will stop at nothing to protect their interests.
    
Eva Blake, a rare-book expert and conservator, is in prison for a drunk-driving accident that she doesn’t remember—one that resulted in the death of her husband, an even more famous rare-book expert.
     When an undercover CIA Agent named Tucker Andersen offers to get her released in exchange for her help and expertise on the Library of Gold, she is eager to oblige.
     A book said to be from the Library of Gold has recently surfaced, delivered anonymously to the CIA, and it is now on exhibit at the British Museum as bait to draw out those with knowledge of the library.    
    
Eva is sent to investigate the scene, and while there, she sees the one person she never expected to see again: her dead husband, Charles.
     After Charles first flees, then tries to kill her, Eva finds herself in the midst of several powerful, secret forces who either want her dead or want to use her to find the Library of Gold.
     The only person unequivocally on her side is Judd Ryder, the son of an undercover CIA Agent who was killed after he discovered a mysterious bank account tied to Islamic terrorists.
    
Judd believes the bank account is somehow connected to the library, and he is determined to find those responsible for his father’s death.
     Alone against the world, Eva and Judd must fight a wide net of ruthless enemies as they race to unravel the clues to the library’s whereabouts before it vanishes once again into the sands of time.

     Library Journal audio review:
"Actress/Narrator Kate Reading (The Agency) brilliantly captures Lynds’ colorful descriptions, employing multiple accents and conveying a wide range of emotions...This thrilling tale of intrigue is perfect for audio and will appeal to listeners enjoying a complex story with roller-coaster turns."
     James Patterson, #1 bestselling author:
"Gayle Lynds is one of the best suspense writers in the world. The Book of Spies is a completely unique work, but for the purpose of inciting all of you to read it, let me say Da Vinci Code meets Bourne Identity."
     James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author:
"Hands-down the best book I’ve read all year. Grippingly paced, poignant, surprising with every turn of the page, this novel stunned me. Lynds has long been a master of espionage, but with this book, she proves that true masters only get better over time. Here is a novel that is destined to become an instant classic in the field. In a word: Wow!"
     Library Journal:
"Lynds is a master of the espionage thriller. In her latest, she deftly adopts the conventions of treasure-hunting novels to craft a thrilling, spy-laden, history-rich page-turner...Two great tastes that taste great together. Readers of both espionage and artifact novels should be well sated but will crave subsequent escapades with these characters."
     Publishers Weekly:
"Two complicated, appealing characters complement the satisfying, conspiracy-laden plot that smoothly moves throughout Europe at breakneck speed."
     AudioFile:
"Narrator Kate Reading gives a well-paced performance that conveys the emotions tormenting Eva as she searches for the book, the library, and the ruthless men behind them. Reading never intrudes on the story. Rather, her style complements Eva’s intensity."
     Publishers Weekly audio review:
"The pace is unrelenting and the villains unbelievably efficient and prescient...The story is tense and exciting...Kate Reading wrings every last drop of drama from the story; she handles the characterizations exceedingly well, creates plausible female and male characters of all age and accents, and keeps her audience enraptured."

     SoundCommentary.com:
"There are plots within plots as the story progresses, with surprises at every turn...The end of the story is followed by a lengthy and fascinating piece in which the author traces the very real history of The Library of Gold."

Gayle Lynds

     The New York Times best-selling author of four international thrillers, including Masquerade and The Coil.
     She also co-authored three bestselling novels in the Covert-One Series with Robert Ludlum, including The Hades Factor, which was a CBS miniseries in 2006.
     She has been a Newspaper Reporter, a magazine Editor, and a Think-Tank Editor with Top-Secret clearance before turning to writing fiction.

She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband, writer Dennis Lynds.

Kate Reading

     Stage actress Kate Reading has been a Freelance Narrator for over 20 years.
     She has received an Audie Award and 2 Audie nominations, as well as numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which has named her Narrator of the Year, and for two years running, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy for her narration of Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera Series.
     In the Science Fiction genre she is also the Narrator of all of Robert Jordan’s titles of the Wheel of Time Series.

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