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Publisher's Summary

An extremist warlord is about to unleash the world's deadliest shock troops. The Rotkommando - a fusion army of expert terrorists, political fanatics, and psychotic killers armed with a fail-save masterplan. Codeword...Mecca.
Now the Rotkommando is poised on the brink of a crazed kamikaze mission to nuke Israel and ignite World War III. Only three people on Earth have the power to stop them: a burned-out poet with delusions of grandeur, a devout nymphomaniac with a taste for blood, and a desert guru who communes with camels.
From Montreal, New York, and Washington, to Paris, Berlin, and Saudi Arabia, Mecca thunders at white-knuckle speed through the knife-edge worlds of espionage and terrorism. Where violence is a way of life. And time is always running out...
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Critic Reviews

"Action. Action. Action. Literature in the fast lane." (The Toronto Star)
"Here is another world-class thriller, fresh, bright, and topical." (The Globe and Mail)
“Narrator Steve Scherf quickly assumes a rapid pace for the story, told through the eyes of an ex-CIA agent who is coerced into the high-stakes world of global terrorism. Scherf skillfully transitions his voice from hostages to interrogators using a wide variety of global dialects, with Beverley Elliot skillfully voicing the female characters.” (AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Susan Keefe on 09-13-14

Tense political thriller.

Where does Mecca rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A fast-paced political thriller, set in the ruthless world of espionage and terrorism where life is cheap, and winning is the only thing which matters.

There’s no-one as motivated as someone with something to gain, and the Lawyer of Slack Sawchuck, a former terrorist is told he can offer him a deal, in exchange for a mission. The deal - for a full pardon, and pension. The mission - he must help infiltrate an extreme warlords deadly troops, The Rotkommando, who have a nuclear bomb and intend to use it to start WWIII.

The original print version of this book was published over 30 years ago, so occasionally it may seem dated, however, its setting, is not. The storyline of a world at risk from terrorists and extremists, with crooked politicians and corruption, unfortunately, is just as easily recognised today.

What about Steve Scherf and Beverley Elliott ’s performance did you like?

This audiobook is narrated by talented Steve Scherf and Beverley Elliot, who successfully conjure up the wide variety of international voices necessary for this global thriller.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Zmith on 12-01-13

An astounding tour de force

In another characteristic Deverell case of corruption, intrigue and politics, Mecca is an astounding tour de force of fast-paced drama and black humour. The complexities of the plot are too convoluted to summarise, but there is plenty here to intrigue, to surprise, to amuse and to entertain.

Slack Sawchuck realises his life in Cuba is at an end. A former member of a political pressure group, he attempts to sidestep an American arrest warrant by flying to Canada. On the plane, relaxing with his second drink, Slack falls into confident conversation with the guy in the next seat. His nonchalance comes to an abrupt end, however, when he realises the man is on the plane to take him into custody.

But, in typical Deverell style, it turms out that Slack’s lawyer has swiftly managed to organise a full pardon for him, with pension – if he agrees to help the Feds and infiltrate the Rotkommando to find out what the so-called Mecca operation is all about. Then the fun starts.

Once again, Steve Scherf and Beverley Elliott put in bravura performances – breathing new life into sometimes forgotten or neglected works. I’d like to hear this couple tackle some hard-nosed pulp detective stories. Their approach to the audiobook genre is genuinely groundbreaking – producing more a radio performance than a simple narration. Talented and enterprising, this is exactly the way the medium should be moving in the twenty-first century.

Buy William Deverell’s Mecca. You won’t be disappointed.

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