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And, of course, it's set during an American presidential election.
When President Sally Allworth decides to reestablish America's Mogadishu embassy in Somalia weeks before Election Day, her challenger says she is playing politics with American lives. That turns out to be true when the embassy is attacked and hostages are taken. Embassy station chief Gunter Conner and marine captain Brooke Grant end up the unlikely survivors of this Benghazi-style attack. Suddenly they are the only hope for saving their captured colleagues.
The firestorm of drama is compelling, set off by the intersection of Washington power and politics, a fragile third-world Islamic country, and Somali Americans here at home.
Only Newt Gingrich's unique, in-depth knowledge of the political realities of friend and foe could weave such a spellbinding tale of events and personalities, one that could actually happen...if America's leaders aren't wary of a world full of duplicity.
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By shelley on 04-02-18
Sometimes enemies dress in friends' clothing...
After stopping a suicide bomber from exploding his vest in London makes the president of the US take notice of Marine Captain Brooke Grant. Brooke soon becomes a hero with her face known to many.
General Frank Grant the Joint Chief of Staff has been able to watch out for and protect his niece Brooke placing her in places like Paris and London. That is up until the president decides to send her to Mogadishu to establish an American embassy in Somalia.
What happens next is in the publisher's summary. What it doesn't say in the summary is the help enlisted by the US to rescue hostages is guilty of duplicity and betrays the president but Brooke Grant witnesses the betrayal...
I listened to book 3 first, not realizing that it was part of a series. Now I'm backtracking to book one.
This book doesn't take off quite as quickly as the third. I think that's understandable since the characters are being established in this book. However, once it does take off, it TAKES OFF!!!! About 1/3 of the way through the book takes on locomotive speed.
Robert Fass does an excellent job narrating however I did enjoy Eric Martin's narration of book three more.
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By Justme on 10-19-15
Hard to put down
This book was harder to put down than a Michael Crichton novel. I thought at first that a political novel might be a little sleepy and boring but not this one. There was great action from the first chapter and stayed that way through the entire book. Also this isn't a book that tries to sell Republican ideas but seemed to focus on a more serious problem that our country is facing. This is a must read for every American regardless of your political stance.
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