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Prayers for the Assassin


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The New York Times bestseller Enormous in scope and vividly imagined, this sensational thriller set in a futuristic America delivers a powerhouse read filled with violence, betrayal and intrigue.

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Robert Ferrigno is the author of eight previous novels, including The Wake-Up, Scavenger Hunt, Flinch, Heartbreaker and The Horse Latitudes. He lives with his family in the Pacific Northwest.


Taking post-9/11 conspiracy theories that blamed the attacks on Zionist agents as the seed for this unusual thriller, Ferrigno (The Wake-Up) posits a nuclear terrorist onslaught in 2015 on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Mecca that has all the earmarks of a Mossad operation. The blue states are moved by these horrors to convert to Islam, while the red states break away from the Islamic Republic, forming a Christian republic in the South. By 2040, three major parties struggle for control in the Islamic Republic: the moderate State Security forces, under Redbeard; the Black Robes, a fundamentalist religious police force; and the top-secret Assassins, under the Old One. When Sarah Dougan, Redbeard's niece and a respected historian, reinvestigates the 2015 attack for a new book, The Zionist Betrayal?, the Old One sics his deadliest assassin on her. Running from Seattle to Vegas, Sarah has a protector in her lover, an ex-fedayeen soldier named Rakkim Epps, whose agnostic POV anchors the novel. Fans of instapundit politics will love this thriller, which has the cinematic motion and atrocity F/X of a good airport read. However, Ferrigno's gimmick-the transformation of America into a cartoon version of Islam-lends the proceedings a damaging air of implausibility. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

It's 2040, and America has been split into two countries-a Bible Belt Christian nation and a moderate Islamic republic-after New York, Washington, and Mecca were blasted off the map, supposedly by Israel. But then Sarah and her Muslim-convert boyfriend discover that Israel wasn't the real perpetrator. With a three-city tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"The pace, and the author's nerve, never slacken" * Daily Mirror *
"A clever, thought-provoking and nail-bitingly exciting thriller set in a fascinatingly unfamiliar America. Highly recommended" * Irish Independent *
"A futuristic fantasy that puts an Orwellian nation, the Islamic Republic, where the United States used to be... genuinely frightening" * New York Times *
"A brilliant futureshock tale... Truly stunning" * SFX Magazine *
"One of those rare books that both educates and entertains. It will make you stop and question everything you take for granted. I literally couldn't put it down" -- Vince Flynn

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