Synopses & Reviews
After learning that an Iranian scientist is in the process of developing nuclear weapons on Iranian soil, all-but-forgotten Spymaster Stewart Banquo initiates a rogue special operation. With the assistance of his most trusted agent, Robert Wallets, Banquo recruits Peter Johnson, a dissolute, morally bankrupt liberal news journalist, to travel to Iran. Johnson poses as a sympathetic reporter writing a piece on the country’s nuclear facilities. His mission: to kill the scientist. Like many elaborate plans, Johnson’s assassination attempt fails. The journalist falls into Iranian hands and is tortured to confess—a staggering security crisis for the United States. Aided by Wallets and the battle-hardened Marjorie Morningstar—the CIA operatives who trained him—Johnson escapes from Iran.
Now back in the United States, Johnson helps Banquo and his CIA cohorts lead a team of federal agents and New York City officials in tracking down a group of suspected Iranian terrorists in New York who are planning to commit nuclear terrorism by dispersing a highly radioactive material throughout the city streets and subways. When Johnson’s only daughter is kidnapped by the Iranians, he and Banquo must race against time to save her...and the City of New York.
"National Review editor Lowry (Legacy) and Korman (Swan Dive) have written an exciting, intelligent novel that delivers the thriller goods and tosses barbs at do-gooder politicians, government obstructionists, reporters and a wide array of liberal weenies. Unlikely hero Peter Johnson, a mildly buffoonish writer working for the Crusader, a left-wing magazine, is recruited by CIA agent Stewart Banquo for the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist. Banquo figures no one would ever suspect Johnson, known for his drunkenness and willingness to take a bribe, to be working for the CIA. Johnson, who accepts the job for a variety of reasons, heads off to Iran. A series of double crosses lands Johnson in the hands of the Iranians and sets up the rest of the plot involving a chillingly plausible terrorist attack. A major thread left untied points to what should be a much anticipated sequel. Expect a boost from author appearances on Hannity's America. 6-city author tour. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Rush Limbaugh, nationally syndicated radio host & political commentator
"Part send-up of the drive-by media and the New York cocktail circuit, part warning about the evils of our enemies and the necessity of eternal vigilance--Banquo's Ghosts is all rollicking fun. You'll learn, you'll laugh, you'll get mad, and you won't want it to end."
Sean Hannity, host of The Sean Hannity Show, Hannity & Colmes, and Hannity's America
"Lowry and Korman skewer the pompous media and feckless bureaucrats in this wild ride of a novel. And they always come back to the central point: we live in a dangerous world and must never forget it."
Mark Levin, host of The Mark Levin Show, nationally syndicated by ABC networks
"Banquo's Ghosts is fiction that sounds all too real at time when the country is ham-strung by self-loathing at home and by self-limiting niceties abroad. Not just a good read, but an essential one."
William J. Bennett, former United States Secretary of Education and Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
“One of the year's best thrillers involving assassination, terrorism, journalism, and international intrigue.
Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Patriot
“Banquo's Ghosts is an intelligent, supercharged thriller. Rich Lowry & Keith Korman have crafted a scenario so real, and so frightening, that readers (both inside and outside the CIA) will undoubtedly lose sleep over it. This is what the modern espionage novel is all about.”
Robert K. Tanenbaum New York Times Bestselling author of Escape
“Rich Lowry and Keith Korman have written a dazzling debut political thriller. Banquo’s Ghosts is a brilliantly imagined and incredibly detailed novel about a CIA rogue special operation – terrifying in it’s depiction of a potential war with Iran and what the United States must do to prevent an attack of biological terrorism in a major American city. A fast-paced and chilling wild ride.”
Patrick Robinson, New York Times Bestselling author of To the Death
“Banquo’s Ghosts is a masterwork of political intrigue and riveting suspense. There are very few times when I can’t put a book down, but I had to read this twisting and gripping thriller late into the night.”
“An exciting, intelligent novel that delivers the thriller goods... chillingly plausible....”
“[an] exciting espionage thriller....”
New York Post
“Rich Lowry and Keith Korman keep the action moving in this engaging thriller....”
“Thoughtful, fast-moving fiction, a political thriller that actually thrills.”
Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report
"Banquo’s Ghosts is a conservative gateway drug. Buy it.”
“The authors of Banquo’s Ghosts have a clarity of vision that has been lacking in much espionage fiction since the conclusion of World War II.... Banquo’s Ghosts is a true thriller — a fine novel by authors who understand the difference between good and evil and are unashamed to take a position on the side of the former.”
An explosive and topical novel about a potential United States war with Iran, written by one of the leading lights of the conservative movement
About the Author
Rich Lowry graduated in 1990 from the University of Virginia, where he studied English and history. He was named editor of National Review in 1997. He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and a variety of other publications. He is a syndicated columnist and a commentator for the Fox News Channel. His book, Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in New York City.
Keith Korman is a graduate of Friends’ Seminary in New York City and Hobart College in Geneva, New York. A literary agent in his family’s firm Raines & Raines, he has represented a wide variety of authors in both fiction and nonfiction for the last 30 years. His previous works include Swan Dive, Archangel, and Secret Dreams. He lives in upstate New York.