Michael Rose is the chief financial officer of a top energy company headquartered in Washington, DC. At forty-two, he is the odds-on favorite to become the next CEO. He is also the proud father of two kids, and he's about to find out just how far he'd go to protect them. Rose is working hard to acquire a global information technology company. What he doesn't know is that the company is a cutout-a company used as a pawn by intelligence agencies. The plan has met resistance from two of his board members, though Rose has never known why, and the IT company is also trying to avoid being acquired. But he pushes ahead, unaware that he's tightening the noose around his own neck-especially when one of the complicit foreign governments realizes he's about to discover their involvement.
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by Stephen Frey
by Stephen Miller
by Kurt Eichenwald
by David B. Agus
by Chris Matthews
"Frey does wonders with the high-finance thriller, but his latest novel, which ventures into the world of government-sponsored shadow ops, pushes the limits of credibility. Answering only to the president, I-4 (The Fourth Order) is a covert intelligence-gathering counterterrorism system instituted after 9/11. Under I-4, personal freedoms are ignored, innocent citizens disappear into U.S. prison camps, and personal grudges motivate instances of torture and murder. Some situations will leave listeners groaning in disbelief. Others will have them guffawing. The only thing that rings true is Holter Graham's reading. Graham's vocal dexterity conjures a wide range of characters. He manages believability when smart men do stupid things, and his pacing sparks an adrenaline rush. Graham's performance will keep listeners listening. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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