Ottoman Secret
Raymond Khoury

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Narrated By: Raphael Corkhill

Duration: 17 hours and 39 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Ottoman Secret by Raymond Khoury, read by Raphael Corkhill.

'The best what-if thriller for a long, long time' LEE CHILD

'An alternative history tale that will blow your mind. A story strung along the centuries that is thoroughly engrossing and one you will long remember' DAVID BALDACCI

The Ottoman Secret is a sweeping thriller which will captivate fans of Man in the High Castle, Fatherland and The Handmaid's Tale

PARIS 2017. THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE HAS RULED EUROPE FOR OVER 300 YEARS

As a respected special investigator for the state police, Kamal Agha is committed to keeping the empire safe from threats inside and out. But these are dangerous times in the empire. Under the sultan's autocratic regime, no one is beyond suspicion.

When a naked man covered in tattoos appears on the banks of the Seine and murders a passerby, Kamal is tasked with tracking him down. But asking too many questions can be a highly risky endeavor-especially when the mysterious man's trail leads Kamal to a secret buried deep in the empire's past, a secret that goes to the very core of the empire's success. A secret the sultan and his security services will do anything to silence.

Kamal is forced to question his own loyalty when his own family attracts unwelcome attention from the security services. Soon, he has no choice but to flee. But on the run from the all-seeing organisation with which he made his reputation, can he save himself and his family?

And, if he does, what might that mean for the existence of the Empire itself? Its past, it's present and its future ...

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'A tour de force of storytelling and concept. Thrilling, disturbing, inspiring, it left me all too often in awe' JAMES ROLLINS

'The Ottoman Secret is a masterpiece. A compelling saga, on a grand scale. A stellar epic' STEVE BERRY

Genre

Alternative history fiction, Espionage & spy thriller, Science fiction: near-future, Science fiction: military, Horror & supernatural fiction, Crime & mystery fiction, Historical fiction, War, combat & military fiction

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A world-class writer of pure-bred thrillers

Daily Telegraph

Alternate histories don't get much better than this thought-provoking mind bender... Superior and plausible worldbuilding matches an ingeniously imaginative conceit. This ranks as a classic of the genre.

Publishers Weekly

A tour de force in both storytelling and breadth of concept. It is story not just of an alternate history but a cautionary tale that directly impacts and reflects upon the struggles of our time and place. It is thrilling, disturbing, inspiring, and left me all too often in awe. This book will make you look at history-and your role in it-in an all new light. Be prepared to be forever impacted, forever changed.

JAMES ROLLINS

Alternate history...tons of adventure...this is real fun. Not just an intelligent, immersive thriller, but also a timely visit to a reality that easily could've been. So well researched and written it feels chillingly real. As thought-provoking as it is entertaining.

The Ottoman Secret is a masterpiece. A compelling saga, on a grand scale, with food for thought on every fascinating page. It's a breath of fresh air, an alternate history firing on all cylinders that will stay with you long after finishing. A stellar epic.

STEVE BERRY

Alternative history yarns are still very much in vogue and Raymond Khoury has come up with a fine addition to the genre.

Weekend Sport

Raymond Khoury has created an alternative history tale that will blow your mind. A story strung along the centuries that is thoroughly engrossing and one you will long remember.

DAVID BALDACCI

The best what-if thriller for a long, long time

LEE CHILD

A tour de force in both storytelling and breadth of concept. It is story not just of an alternate history but a cautionary tale that directly impacts and reflects upon the struggles of our time and place. It is thrilling, disturbing, inspiring, and left me all too often in awe. This book will make you look at history-and your role in it-in an all new light. Be prepared to be forever impacted, forever changed.

JAMES ROLLINS

The real excitement in Khoury's complex multi-plot comes not from the thrills on the surface, but from the ideas underneath

The Wall Street Journal

The best what-if thriller for a long, long time

LEE CHILD

A dystopian thriller that wears its smartness on its sleeve . . . will appeal to fans of The Handmaid's Tale . . . I suspect that this summer, you'll never be far from someone who has been claimed by The Ottoman Secret

Independent

The Ottoman Secret is a masterpiece. A compelling saga, on a grand scale, with food for thought on every fascinating page. It's a breath of fresh air, an alternate history firing on all cylinders that will stay with you long after finishing. A stellar epic."