The Hidden Empire

  • von Howard Lawson, Ron Speers
  • Sprecher: Patrick Macnee
  • 15 Std. 53 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


No sooner does Navy fighter-squadron skipper Commander Deke Mallory leave the service to be with his family than his world is shattered by the murder of his wife.When he and his son visit the Central American country of Costa Verde as guests of Peralta, the ousted president's wealthy son, and Elena, the president's recently widowed daughter, Mallory's son is snatched by the ruling junta's goons. With his son a "disappeared" and his hosts plotting counter-revolution, Mallory is shanghaied by his commander-in-chief for an unprecedented return to active duty. He's ordered to go underground in Central America to track down a renegade CIA agent. Abruptly, he's plunged into an unfamiliar world of spymasters turned agents, highly placed moles, and even Vatican politics. Mallory can't prove it, but he has stumbled onto economic terrorists posing as the archbishop and priests at Costa Verde's National Cathedral, protected by their mole in the Vatican. With the counter-revolution in full swing, and his loyalties wrenched between duty, finding his son, and a deepening love affair with Elena, it's up to Deke Mallory to expose and bring down the Hidden Empire - if he can just stay alive long enough to get back into the cockpit!



"A page turner." (Barnes & Noble Events)
"A gripping tale!" (The Hook, The Journal of Carrier Aviation)
"The Mallory Chronicles combine Tom Clancy's expertise at portraying military hardware with the accessability of a Danielle Steele romance!" (Delmarva Quarterly)


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Detailed, possibly good

It's quite difficult to judge the writing in this piece as I'm afraid the narator get in the way for me. The timing of his reading can be really strange, pausing in the middle of one sentence and then running directly into the next so that one has to work hard to understand what is really being said.Furthermore, his intonation can also grate on (at least) my nerves. Sometimes the intonation rises at the end of a sentence as though expressing incredulity although the sentence and context do not warrant it.All-in-all I find it difficult to judge how good the writing is as the narator is in the way of the words. However, what I think I can see behind all that is a detailed descriptive writing on the technical points but the rest may be "cheesey". I would like to hear other books from the Mallory series in order to better judge the writing but I will not be doing so if read by the same narator.
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  • Erscheinungsdatum: 22.01.2007
  • Verlag: Big Happy Family, LLC