Back Channel

The outcome of the Cuban Missile Crisis depends on one woman.

By Stephen L. Carter Read by Bahni Turpin Fiction / Mystery & Thrillers English, Unabridged 17h 33m Sell Sheet Also available on
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14 Audio CDs August 19, 2014 $59.99 $47.99 9781629238951 Add to Cart
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							October 1962. In Cuba: Soviet ships off-load what intelligence reveals to be nuclear missiles. In Washington, President Kennedy and his advisers are in furious debate over how long they can wait to discover what the Soviets intend before dropping the first bomb. And, in Ithaca, New York, Margo Jensen - a nineteen-year-old Cornell sophomore - is swept up in a "bizarre concatenation of circumstances" that will make of her the "back channel" liaison between Soviet Premier Khrushchev and Kennedy. Events unfold too quickly for her even to ask "why me?" But the stunning answer is revealed bit by bit as she is drawn ever more deeply into the crossfire of infighting between governmental agencies; into desperate negotiations to avoid nuclear war; and into the secrets of the extraordinary legacy she inherited from the father she never knew.

Earphones Award winner. "Carter's new suspense novel presents unusual challenges for narrator Bahni Turpin, and she rises to them expertly." - AudioFile Magazine

Starred review. “Carter renders a fast-paced espionage thriller with tantalizing grains of truth that highlight the general “back channel” in which black Americans have had to operate as citizens for much of the nation’s history.” - Booklist

“An atmosphere of nearly oppressive suspense . . . [With] the reader as a fly on the wall...we’re treated to all kinds of spectacles...from Bobby Kennedy clashing with Curtis LeMay to spy vs. spy action in the field...Carter delivers a satisfying historical thriller with some nice cliffhanging moments.” - Kirkus Reviews

“[Carter] manages to build suspense around a historical event with a known outcome.” - Publishers Weekly