Marissa's husband, Bobby Okari, is the charismatic leader of a freedom movement in the volatile West African nation of Luandia, which is being torn apart by the world's craving for its vast supply of oil. Bobby's outspoken opposition to the exploitation of his homeland by PetroGlobal - a giant American oil company with close ties to Luandia's brutal government - has enraged General Savior Karama, the country's autocratic ruler.
After Bobby leads a protest rally during a full eclipse of the sun, everyone in his home village is massacred by government troops. And now Bobby has been arrested and charged with the murder of three PetroGlobal workers. Still drawn to Marissa, Pierce agrees to defend Bobby, hoping to save both Bobby and Marissa from almost certain death. But the lethal politics of Luandia may cost Pierce his life instead.
Culminating in a dramatic show trial and a desperate race against time, Eclipse combines a thrilling narrative with a vivid look at the human cost of the global lust for oil. Here is Richard North Patterson at his compelling best, confirming his place as our most provocative author of popular fiction.
©2009 Richard North Patterson; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
A well researched book and interesting. I almost wish there had been part 3 with an ending that left you feeling better. I would recommend this book.
This starts as a mystery novel. It is a tense drama that keeps you guessing who is on which side. This is the audio version of a page turner. Rather than just listening in my spare time, I made time to listen to this book. I addition to delivering a stirring drama, Patterson introduces issues to stir the hearts of anyone with a conscience.
I've always enjoy Richard North Patterson's books, but his recent ones where he takes on major social issues are truly brilliant without being preachy. Great characters, plots that hang together, fine research ... A very gratifying (if intense) read in every way. Maybe not everyone's cup of tea. Subject matter isn't easy to deal with emotionally. No cop out ending, either.
Compelling contrasts of commitment and conscience hold the listener as this expert reading reveals RNP's character and plot development based on actual people and events in Nigeria. Money and power attract and brutalize people touched by the oil market in a society without the rule of law. Patterson deftly engages us in the high-priced reality of American demand for cheap oil.
This book tells a largely untold story with sensitivity, honesty, and skill. The author is true to his purpose in raising awareness of controversial issues while weaving a plot that is intriguing and real with many unexpected twists and turns. Similarly, the characters are complex but artfully portrayed. I thoroughly enjoyed this work - not only because of its thought-provoking content but also because of the literary artistry. I think this is one of his best books yet.
I love Richard North Patterson, have read all of his books and was so excited to download and listen to this newest one. But boy was I disappointed. From the accents to the never ending story to the characters that I could care less about, to the preaching about war torn dictatorships, I hated this book.
It was also an eyeopener for me. I was horrified by the lives these people live. The story was so sad and so passionately written. I can't wait for the next book.
Recognizing that not ever reader appreciates every author, perhaps Patterson is just not for me. This book seems to move through horrific events without emotion. The characters seem wooden and their motivations are indiscernable. It's too bad, this is a story line that could have created a great novel. If this topic interest you, read "As We Forgive" a beautiful, hopeful memoir of the Rwandan genocide. Skip this one.
This book was wonderful. It was also an eyeopener for me. I was truly horrified by the lives these people live - the corruption and murder as a way of life. The story was so sad and so passionately written, I actually cried. I did not believe the author could equal or outdo "Exile" but this book was absolutely just as good. I can't wait for his next book!
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