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Banquo’s Ghosts

It’s out this week. It got nice notice over the weekend in Newsday (“a political thriller that actually thrills”) and in the New York Post:

Peter Johnson, liberal journalist, dashing to some, scruffy to others, can admit his faults. “He was a little dishonest, a little greedy and even a little corrupt,” Johnson acknowledges in a reflective moment. “Add to that a lush, a womanizer and three times divorced. You could even throw in manipulative and selfish for good measure.”

Yet these faults don’t prevent Johnson was being recruited and trained for a covert operation run by Stewart Bancroft, a.k.a Banquo, an old-school CIA spymaster who has quietly gone renegade. The mission: To assassinate the key scientist behind the Iranian nuclear program in order to stop or indefinitely stall Iran’s ambitions to develop a weapon. “That single man is on the verge of delivering to crazed monkeys high on Apocalyptic crack a supply of radioactive handguns, matches and gasoline — then sending them into a kindergarten with unsupervised children and hoping for the best,” Banquo tells Johnson. “You can stop all of this, Peter, perhaps delay it enough that other events will intervene. Cooler heads.”

Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, and literary agent Keith Korman keep the action moving in this engaging thriller…

Along the way, the authors miss no opportunity to trash a variety of liberal bogeymen, including biased journalists, weak-kneed bureaucrats and “the West-hating, postmodern, gender-bending, self-congratulatory super-rich and talented mediocrities — the whole collection of ‘progressives’ who, as the saying went, wouldn’t take their own side in a fight, even if they knew which side they were on.”


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