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Prayers for the Assassin: A Novel

Prayers for the Assassin: A Novel

Escrito por Robert Ferrigno

Narrado por Armand Schultz


Prayers for the Assassin: A Novel

Escrito por Robert Ferrigno

Narrado por Armand Schultz

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3.5/5 (8 valoraciones)
Longitud:
6 horas
Publicado:
Feb 21, 2006
ISBN:
9780743555715
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Descripción

SEATTLE, 2040. The Space Needle lies crumpled. Veiled women hurry through the busy streets. Alcohol is outlawed, replaced by Jihad Cola, and mosques dot the skyline. New York and Washington, D.C., are nuclear wastelands. Phoenix is abandoned, Chicago the site of a civil war battle. At the edges of the empire, Islamic and Christian forces fight for control of a very different United States.

Enormous in scope and brilliantly imagined, Prayers for the Assassin promises to be the powerhouse read of the year. Burning with cinematic violence, fiendish betrayal, and global intrigue, Robert Ferrigno's sensational thriller asks: What would happen to America if the terrorists won?

After simultaneous suitcase-nuke attacks destroy New York, Washington, D.C., and Mecca -- attacks blamed on Israel -- a civil war breaks out. An uneasy truce leaves the nation divided between an Islamic republic with its capital in Seattle, and the Christian Bible Belt in the old South. In this frightening future there are still Super Bowls and Academy Awards, but calls to Muslim prayer echo in the streets and terror is everywhere. Freedom is controlled by the state, paranoia rules, and rebels plot to regain free will...

One of the most courageous is the beautiful young historian Sarah Dougan, who uncovers shocking evidence that the nuclear attacks might not have been planned by Israel, evidence that, if true, will destabilize the nation. When Sarah suddenly goes missing, the security chief of the Islamic republic calls upon Rakkim Epps, her secret lover and a former elite warrior, to find her -- no matter what the risk.

But as Rakkim searches for Sarah, he is tracked by Darwin, a brilliant psychopathic killer trained in the same secretive unit as Rakkim. To survive, Rakkim must become Darwin's assassin -- a most forbidding challenge. A bloody, nerve-racking chase takes them through the looking-glass world of the Islamic States of America, and culminates dramatically as Rakkim and Sarah battle to expose the truth to the entire world.

Can the couple outrun Darwin? Who is really behind the nuke attacks? Will Sarah and Rakkim stay alive long enough to deliver the truth? Does a nation divided have a prayer?

Robert Ferrigno's Prayers for the Assassin shows the novelist at the height of his powers, and delivers a masterful, unforgettable read.
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Feb 21, 2006
ISBN:
9780743555715
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Sobre el autor

Robert Ferrigno was born in South Florida, a tropical backwater rife with mosquitoes and flying cockroaches. After earning college degrees in philosophy, film-making, and creative writing, he returned to his first love, poker. He spent the next five years gambling full-time and living in a high-crime area populated by starving artists, alcoholics, thieves, and drug dealers, becoming friends with many people who would later populate his novels. Over the next several years he flew jets with the Blue Angels, drove Ferraris, and went for desert survival training with gun nuts. He ultimately gave up his day job to become a novelist, and his first book, The Horse Latitudes, was called “the fiction debut of the season” by Time. He lives in Washington with his family.

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  • (4/5)
    A very different read. Seems a particularly thought-provoking read in an election year.
  • (4/5)
    A very different read. Seems a particularly thought-provoking read in an election year.
  • (1/5)
    They say you should find one nice thing to say about anything. I'll say Ferrigno does add some good dramatic pacing, akin to the Da Vinci Code. Like the Da Vinci Code, that is transposed against a marked lack of actual literary talent. Unlike the Da Vinci Code, the "alternative history" (or here, future) is so poorly presented as to be almost ludicrous. The easy target is the rampant Islamophobia, and that's certainly present, but it's actually Ferrigno's obvious hatred of liberalism that really trips him up.The key cities in Ferrigno's radical, militant Islamic state are selected for their connection to the American left, even though the careful (or simply awake) reader might pause to wonder what caused the good people of San Francisco to switch en masse from being amongst the most gay-friendly in the world to redecorating the Golden Gate Bridge with the skulls of stoned homoesexuals? Indeed, while Ferrigno essentially blames the left for the Islamist takeover, he doesn't really credit there being such thing as a "left", if by that we mean a cohesive ideological position that actually does support things like "women's equality" and "gay rights." Those positions just evaporate as everyone north of the Mason-Dixon line and west of Idaho decides to go all al-Qaeda, without any compelling explanation whatsoever (even if Americans all bought into the "Zionist terror plot" confession, that still doesn't explain why suddenly they no longer believe in women wearing pants). The result is pure hackwork.
  • (5/5)
    Welcome to the future, 30 years from now, where the USA became an Islam Republic except few southern states (the Bible Belt). Cionist terrorists' A-bombs destroyed New York, Washington and Mecca. Or the whole new world order lays on a lie?
  • (3/5)
    This story opens in Seattle in the year 2040. Part of America has become The Islamic Republic of America; the rest of it has become the Bible Belt. There has been a second Civil War, and this time around the North won again, but the South refuses to knuckle under to the tyranny of the Islamic Republic. They may have to live with imposed sanctions, but, for them, it's better than living under the rule of an Islamic empire with so many rules and so many harsh punishments.This is a clever idea, and for most of the book it works. It's not all completely realistic, but there's plenty of danger, treachery, twists, and turns to make the story interesting, often riveting, reading. At some point, though, I stopped caring about the plot and how it would resolve itself. I think that's the trouble with most books of this type that base everything upon the super powers of the protagonists. Eventually it all becomes rather anticlimactic.
  • (5/5)
    Seattle, 2040. The Space Needle lies crumpled. Veiled women hurry through the streets. Alcohol is outlawed, replaced by Jihad Col, and mosques dot the skyline. New York and Washington, D.C., are nuclear wastelands. At the edges of the empire, Islamic and Christian forces fight for control, and rebels plot to regain free will. Courageous rebel Sarah Dougan is a beautiful historian who uncovers information that will destabilize the nation. When she disappears, the security chief of the Islamic Republic of America calls upon Rakkim Eppps, her secret lover and a former elite warrior, to find her. But Rakkim is being tracked by Darwin, a brilliant psychopath. To survive, he must become Darwin's assassin and embark upon a frenetic and bloody chase to find Sarah and help her expose a shocking truth to the world.
  • (3/5)
    An interesting premise (a world in which Islam has taken over much of the former USA which remains at war with the "Bible Belt") that simply didn't work. The story was somewhat interesting, but I kept coming back to the fact that I simply didn't believe the back story that the author had created and which led to the world in which the action occurred.
  • (4/5)
    An interesting "what if" book along the lines of Len Deighton's SS-GB or "Fatherland" except instead of Nazi's we are all now Muslims. The authors research seemed extensive in creating a society run concurrently by the elected government, State Security and the religious state. The plot was relatvely predictable, but the characters were well written and the story pulled you along.