Blow the House Down

Version: Abridged
Author: Robert Baer
Narrator: John Rubinstein
Genres: Thriller, Political Thriller
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: May 2006
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Former CIA operative Robert Baer pushes fiction to the absolute limit in this riveting and unnervingly plausible alternative history of 9/11.
Veteran CIA officer Max Waller has long been obsessed with the abduction and murder of his Agency mentor. Though years of digging yield the name of a suspect--an Iranian math genius turned terrorist--the trail seems too cold to justify further effort. Then Max turns up a photograph of the man standing alongside Osama bin Laden and a mysterious westerner whose face has been cut out, feeding Max's suspicion. When the first official to whom Max shows the photo winds up dead, the out-of-favor agent suddenly finds himself the target of dark forces within the intelligence community who are desperate to muzzle him.
Eluding a global surveillance net, Max--in the summer of 2001--begins tracking the spore of a complex conspiracy, meeting clandestinely with suicide bombers and Arab royalty and ultimately realizing the Iranian he'd sought for a decades-old crime is actually at the nexus of a terrifying plot.
Showing off dazzling tradecraft and an array of richly textured backdrops, and filled with real names and events, "Blow the House Down" deftly balances fact and possibility to become the first great thriller to spring from the war on terrorism.

Reviews (1)

Down Right Chilling

Written by Mandi Scott Chestler from Lake Oswego, OR on March 25th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

After reading so many of his non-fiction books, I was pleasantly surprised that former CIA operative Robert Baer could also write a gripping thriller. Thanks to Blow The House Down, now I begin to understand that all those crazy conspriracy theorists who believe 9/11 was an inside job, might not be so nutty after all. Baer's "fiction" shows how it could have been pulled off. It's unfortunately plausible and definitely chilling. I would have given the audio book a 4-star rating, however the abridged version is too choppy. It might be better to get the printed version and read instead of listen.

Author Details

Author Details

Baer, Robert

"ROBERT BAER was a case officer in the Directorate of Operations for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1976 to 1997. He served in places such as Iraq, Dushanbe, Rabat, Beirut, Khartoum, and New Delhi, and received the Career Intelligence Medal in 1997. He now divides his time between Washington, D.C., and France."