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See You Later Alligator (Blackford Oakes #6)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  221 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The year is 1961, the setting Havana. CIA super-secret agent Blackford Oakes is sent there on a mission only to find himself in the eye of an international political hurricane.
Published by Cumberland House Publishing (first published August 1st 1985)
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Buckley's Blackford Oakes novels just keep getting better.

Fresh from witnessing the partitioning of Berlin, Oakes is sent by President Kennedy to Havana to negotiate a possible agreement with Comandante Che Guevara, which would result in lifting the then-young Cuban embargo. However, while Oakes and Che spar, Castro is quietly accepting missiles from the Soviet Union, missiles that will soon be tipped with nuclear warheads.

Naturally, Oakes learns of the missiles before any other American does, t...more
After reading The Millionaires I figured I really want to get something worthwhile into my brain so I picked up William F. Buckley's CIA agent novel. Although I can't call this great literature at least the language it is written in is intellectual and there is a ton of substance in the story.
Steven Kent
An American cross between Fleming's Bond and Le Carre's Smiley, Blackford Oaks is an operative instead of a controller, but he is high placed. He has the requisite Bond-style good looks et. al.

In this book, Oaks travels to Cuba where he is shown around by Che and accidentally stumbles into a missile base.

The book was written by William F.Buckley, you better bet it's politically charged. But it's surprisingly well written and offering a fascinating and sometimes sympathetic looks into the leaders...more
William F Buckley's favorite spy, Blackford Oakes, meets up with Che Guevara. Put away your Che teeshirt for this one - WFB is unsentimental about Guevara. As always, Buckley weaves history (here, the Cuban Missile Crisis) into his spy novels.

So far, the only book in Buckley's "Blackford Oakes" series that I've read. It's a clever spy story concerning secret U.S.-Cuba diplomacy. Recommended to fans of Frederick Forsythe, John Le Carre, etc.
William F. Buckley Jr.- intrigued after reading his son's memoir. I am enjoying this - its fast paced and clever. Slightly anachronistic, but it works.
Royal Dun
Reading Buckley is like following the reasoning of James Joyce. I found it so verbose, obtuse, and wandering that I could not get beyond the first few pages.
Jul 09, 2007 Ashley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids
i used to recite these sayings all the time as a kid.
don't meander, salamander.
see you at the mine, porcupine!
Amloid Mesa
A lil slow to start but good in the end.
It's time for Oakes to retire.
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William Frank Buckley, Jr. was an American author and conservative commentator. He founded the political magazine National Review in 1955, hosted 1,429 episodes of the television show Firing Line from 1966 until 1999, and was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist. His writing style was famed for its erudition, wit, and use of uncommon words.

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