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Publisher's Summary

On a quiet park bench in Manhattan - just miles from the ruins of the World Trade Center - a spymaster delivers a chilling secret message to Jake Grafton: A rogue Russian general has sold four nuclear warheads to a radical Islamic terrorist group, the Sword of Islam. The group intends to detonate them in America in the ultimate terror strike, the apocalypse that will trigger a holy war between Western civilization and the Muslim world. After passing the message on to his peers, Grafton is charged by the president with assembling a secret team to find the warheads before America's population centers are consumed by a nuclear holocaust.
As he hunts for terrorists, Grafton soon finds himself up to his neck in power politics, techno-billionaires, money-grubbing traitors, anarchists, and spies. He also discovers that the terrorists don't all come from the Middle East. They come from places close to home. They masquerade as patriots. Some may even have the president's ear.
With the survival of Western civilization at stake, Grafton pulls out all the stops. Calling on the assistance of the indomitable Toad Tarkington, and CIA burglar Tommy Carmellini, he raids the prisons to assemble his team while the clock ticks toward Armageddon.
Take another thrill ride with Jake Grafton.
©2004 Stephen Coonts (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
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Critic Reviews

"The action is slam-bang, and shifts in point of view accelerate the tension. The made for the movies." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Guerin Barry's resonant voice and crisp delivery enliven the fast pace of this story. Dialects are authentic and well presented.... Liberty should be near the top of the listening lists of all adventure lovers." ( AudioFile)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Heartstrings11 on 06-25-08

Getting someplace but slowly

This book introduces a lot of characters and I found it a bit much to keep track of it all. That being said the storyline is plausible and well developed. For me the first 2/3 of the book felt long and I found my mind wandering a bit. The last scene is a good payoff. The reader does a good job with various voices and inflections. I will listen to more from this author but I will be selective.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bob on 07-23-09


This was the only book I hadn't read by Coonts. It was excellent. It was an imaginable page turner that kept me wanting more and not wanting to put it down. Highly recommended.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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