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Marco Polo, If You Can (Blackford Oakes Novel) Paperback – June 1, 1996

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Published in 1982 and 1984, respectively, these are two of Buckley's popular Blackie Oakes spy thrillers. They feature the usual U.S./Soviet Cold War cloak-and-dagger action and provide "flawless entertainment" (LJ 3/1/84).
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Mixes politics, humor, suspense, and ingenious espionage capers in an enjoyable blend. --Publishers Weekly

Cuts closer to the bone than Le Carré has ever cut. --New Republic

Delightful reading for the spy thriller fan...absolutely must reading. --United Press International --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Blackford Oakes Novel
  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888952113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888952117
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,286,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "a_mom" on April 30, 2000
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It's 1958 and a drunken Chairmen Khrushchev has just quoted verbatum from the top secret minutes of the National Security Council to President Eisenhower. Thus ensues an operation to find the KGB mole. The search takes our hero, CIA agent Blackford Oakes, to Germany, past the iron curtain into East Berlin.
So, how does Blacky come to find his U-2 experiencing an unrecoverable flameout over the USSR? Will he leave Lubyanka prison alive?
The suspense is wonderfully woven in this tale of suave, hansome and daring Blackford Oakes. I hated to put this one down. The ending is cleaver and unmistakably Buckley. This is a fun read.
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