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High Jinx: Blackford Oakes Mystery (Blackford Oakes #7)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  175 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The year is 1954, and Joseph Stalin is dead. As the ruthless Laurenti Beria, head of the KGB, plots to succeed him, another drama is taking place in a distant part of the Soviet empire. United States and British commandoes have begun a mission to overthrow the Soviet-controlled government of Albania, but it is doomed to failure from the outset--jinxed by a traitor.In the a ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Cumberland House Publishing (first published 1986)
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R.L. Anderson
Sep 07, 2012 R.L. Anderson rated it it was amazing
An excellent Cold War mystery/thriller by one of the greatest authors of that genre, the late great William Buckley. I started reading Buckley because I enjoyed his political commentaries, being of a similar political persuasion myself. And I soon found out that in addition to being a political analyst, Buckley was also a great fiction author. High Jinx is Buckley at his best. It is fiction, but based on fact as well, and the reader gains an insight into the workings of the CIA and the history o ...more
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May 29, 2015 David Vanness rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My copy Large print 377 pages by Thorndike Press 1986.
Feb 18, 2013 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Blackford Oakes, suave spy, is saving the US again. The fast-paced spy thriller reminds me why the Cold War kept us awake at night. The USSR no longer exists, but history is full of Soviet demons. Some characters are fictionalized (Queen Caroline) but not the Soviets. That's ok, because I can't picture Blackie with Elizabeth, at any time. The book is set in 1954.
Steven Kent
Jul 20, 2009 Steven Kent rated it liked it
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Not quite as compelling as See You Later Alligator, this novel takes Blackford Oaks and British commands behind the iron Curtain. The action is excellent, though I did piece together the final twist a bit in advance.
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Nov 19, 2013 Damien Sutevski rated it really liked it
not much into spy stuff, but pretty good story (historical fiction); main character (as critics point out) is somewhat uninteresting
Benedict Reid
Aug 11, 2011 Benedict Reid rated it did not like it
Reads like wooden puppets being moved around by someone with a high I.Q.
Jean Barry
I don't think I got any of the jokes.
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Dec 09, 2010 John Uzzi rated it really liked it
Great series.
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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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