By William F. Buckley, Jr.
Doubleday, 261 pp, 1986
Though this is the seventh Blackford
Oakes novel, chronologically, it takes place after the second one, Stained
Our hero Oakes is in London. He helps
prepare a team of British and American commandoes to
"liberate" communist Albania and install the deposed (and
democratically elected) leader as head of the country.
Problem is, Albanian forces, commanded
by the KGB, ambush every one of the five landing parties. All are
arrested and executed. The Soviets knew they were coming.
So Oakes and his friends Rufus and
Anthony Trust swing into action. They must find out how the Soviets
learned of their plot and who the mole is. And why are all
communications from Washington to the U.S. Embassy in London being
intercepted by the Soviets? Another problem.
Add to this high-level skullduggery in
the Soviet Politburo, and you've got yet another fine spy novel from
Buckley. Cameo appearances by President Eisenhower, the Dulles brothers,
and Queen Caroline top off the adventure.