Declare by Tim Powers audiobook

Declare

By Tim Powers
Read by Simon Prebble

Blackstone Publishing
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In his eleventh novel, Tim Powers takes his unique brand of speculative fiction into uncharted territory, instilling the old-fashioned espionage novel with a healthy dose of the supernatural. As a young double agent infiltrating the Soviet spy network in Nazi-occupied Paris, Andrew Hale finds himself caught up in a secret, even more ruthless war. Two decades later, a coded message draws Professor Andrew Hale back into Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Elements from his past are gathering in Beirut, including ex-British counterespionage chief and Soviet mole Kim Philby, and a beautiful former Spanish Civil War soldier-turned-intelligence operative, Elena Teresa Ceniza-Bendiga. Soon Hale will be forced to again confront the nightmare that has haunted his adult life: a lethal unfinished operation code-named “Declare.” From the corridors of Whitehall to the Arabian Desert, from post-war Berlin to the streets of Cold War Moscow, Hale’s desperate quest draws him into international politics and gritty espionage tradecraft—and inexorably drives Hale, Ceniza-Bendiga, and Philby to a deadly confrontation on the high glaciers of Mount Ararat, in the very shadow of the fabulous and perilous biblical Ark.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2000 International Horror Guild Award

Winner of the 2001 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel

Nominated for the 2001 Nebula Award for Best Novel

Nominated for the 2001 Locus Award Nominee

Nominated for the 2002 Mythopoeic Award

Finalist for the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award

In his eleventh novel, Tim Powers takes his unique brand of speculative fiction into uncharted territory, instilling the old-fashioned espionage novel with a healthy dose of the supernatural.

As a young double agent infiltrating the Soviet spy network in Nazi-occupied Paris, Andrew Hale finds himself caught up in a secret, even more ruthless war. Two decades later, a coded message draws Professor Andrew Hale back into Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Elements from his past are gathering in Beirut, including ex-British counterespionage chief and Soviet mole Kim Philby, and a beautiful former Spanish Civil War soldier-turned-intelligence operative, Elena Teresa Ceniza-Bendiga. Soon Hale will be forced to again confront the nightmare that has haunted his adult life: a lethal unfinished operation code-named “Declare.” From the corridors of Whitehall to the Arabian Desert, from post-war Berlin to the streets of Cold War Moscow, Hale’s desperate quest draws him into international politics and gritty espionage tradecraft—and inexorably drives Hale, Ceniza-Bendiga, and Philby to a deadly confrontation on the high glaciers of Mount Ararat, in the very shadow of the fabulous and perilous biblical Ark.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Dazzling…a tour de force, a brilliant blend of John le Carré spy fiction with the otherworldly.” Dean Koontz
“Tim Powers is a brilliant writer. Declare’s occult subtext for the deeper Cold War is wonderfully original and brilliantly imagined.” William Gibson, New York Times bestselling author
“Highly ingenious…No one else writes like Powers, and Declare finds him at the top of his game.” San Francisco Chronicle
“[Powers] orchestrates reality and fantasy so artfully that the reader is not allowed a moment’s doubt throughout this tall tale.” New Yorker
“There’s never been a novel quite like Declare…one of the protean Powers’ most absorbing and rewarding creations.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Declare is classic Tim Powers, his best novel since Last Call, and possibly his best to date.” Locus
“Powers…an expert fantasy writer, has created a mind-bending mix of genres here, placing his gifts for extreme speculative fiction in service of a fantastical spy story. Daringly imaginative.” Publishers Weekly
“This fine spy novel covering WWII and beyond has great action, great characters (including well known real-life personages such as British turncoat Kim Philby), and a captivating dash of science fiction/fantasy. What lies on Mount Ararat, where Noah’s Ark went to ground as the flood receded? Whatever it is has been fatal to visitors. Simon Prebble provides various British accents and uses his vast skill to enliven fascinating characters from many locales, particularly the Middle East. In particular, he knows how to inject tension and urgency into the plot.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by Samuel 9/13/2017
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A secret history of unfathomable powers during the Cold War

Up until this book, The Stress of Her Regard was my favorite Powers novel. But Declare is magnificent, absolutely marvelous, and as time goes by I’m less and less sure it is a matter of mood but rather a definitive taking of that title for Declare, a Secret History of West v. East spygames which posits Britain and Russia with top-echelon secret agencies keeping tabs on powerful, powerfully ancient, and unfathomable forces. The narrative structure is also compelling, with a “current” timeline set during the Cold War, as a long-dormant agent Andrew Hale is pulled out of his comfortable academic retirement to revisit his greatest failure as an agent of operation Declare, a horrific incident on Mt. Ararat. Threaded through this is a deep and fantastic backstory of Hale’s actions in WW2 occupied France as a double agent for Russia, ostensibly then allies against Germany but each with their own aims and secrets, continuing forward through additional assignments and culminating in the disaster at Ararat, just as Hale in the “current” timeline is making another go of finishing the mission that has haunted him for so long. Prebble’s narration is wonderful, handling djinns, Russians, Turks, all manner of British accents, and granting a rich timbre to a simply fantastic book.

Author

Author Bio: Tim Powers

Author Bio: Tim Powers

Tim Powers is the author of numerous novels, including Last Call, Declare, Three Days to Never, and On Stranger Tides, the inspiration for the blockbuster film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz. He has received the Locus, World Fantasy, and Philip K. Dick awards. He lives in San Bernardino, California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 21.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English