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Saving the Queen

The Blackford Oakes Mysteries

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When the Queen’s life is threatened, it takes a remarkable CIA agent to save her

Blackford Oakes has never been afraid of obeying orders. During the war, it’s what kept him alive. When he leaves the air force for Yale, Oakes is studious, temperate, and polite. He knows how to follow rules—but he also knows the secret to breaking them: Never tell a little lie when a big lie will do. He’s exactly the man the CIA is looking for.
Just before Oakes graduates, an old friend recruits him to work for the Company. His military background, knowledge of French, and family in London make Oakes a perfect choice for the most glamorous role the CIA has to offer: deep-cover agent. When his 1st assignment reveals Soviet espionage inside Buckingham Palace and a plot against the young Queen, Oakes will throw the rulebook out the window.
Saving the Queen is the 1st book in the Blackford Oakes Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

“Rollickingly ribald . . . Consistently witty.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
“A breezy adventure . . . Smartly plotted . . . A spy novel that knows how to tango.” —The Village Voice
“A mixture of wit, charm and audaciousness that could have been blended only in the Buckleyan brainpan. I devoured his novel in a single sitting.” —The New York Times
“An elegant and engaging tale of East-West skulduggery.” —Saturday Review
Praise for the Blackford Oakes Mysteries
“The suspense is keen and complicated.” —The Wall Street Journal on Who’s on First
“Some of the best spy fictions in print.” — 
“Buckley brings us face to face with possibilities lurking behind our real headlines.” —San Francisco Chronicle on See You Later, Alligator
“Each novel crackles with ideas. . . . Mr. Buckley asks ‘What if,’ . . . which is very easy, and manages meanwhile to keep us absorbed, which is very hard.” —The New York Times
“No other author could have written the novels in exactly the same manner, with the same subtleties and acuteness of observation and authority and wit. And, by all means, the style. It’s all pure Buckley and very stylish indeed.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune
“Tense, chilling, unflaggingly lively . . . A romp and something more.” —The Wall Street
Journal on Tucker’s Last Stand
Praise for William F. Buckley Jr.
“Buckley has a genuine talent for fiction.” —John Kenneth Galbraith, author of American Capitalism
“Buckley’s main purpose is to entertain; he’s erudite and stylish and witty and sly.” —The Village Voice

William F. Buckley Jr. (1925–2008) was an author and political commentator. In 1955, he founded the influential conservative magazine National Review. Buckley also hosted the popular television show Firing Line and wrote a twice-weekly syndicated newspaper column. He is the author of more than fifty books, including titles on history, politics, and sailing, as well as a series of spy novels featuring CIA agent Blackford Oakes.


Customer Reviews


Sadly this author is so in love with his vocabulary and descriptive passages that you can barely discern a plot. "Prehensile sex"...give me a break. Pass it up!

Saving the Queen
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Aug 25, 2015
  • Publisher: Road
  • Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 278 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: The Blackford Oakes Mysteries
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