Enormous in scope and brilliantly imagined, Prayers for the Assassin promises to be the powerhouse listen 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.
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"Fans of instapundit politics will love this thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ferrigno deserves props for his imaginative portrayal of a futuristic America." (Booklist)
Prayers for the Assassin was a thoroughly enjoyable listen, set in an imagined 'Islamic States of America' of the future. Reminiscent of Robert Harris' Fatherland, the book painted a fairly believable picture of what a post-apocalypic America under Islamic rule would be like - although I do have to point out that having the characters going to work on a Friday was a bit of a slip. I think my favorite part was the presence of the 'moderns' - Muslims who aren't too fanatical about it. With the increasing number of Muslims living in the West, I think the author's portrayal of Islam changing to suit the culture of its newest conquest is a fairly accurate one. Indeed, one only need read newspaper stories of gangs of young Saudi men (shabab) beating up the religious police (Muttawa) nowadays to see how any attempt to impose the stricter version of Islam on a Western nation would fare.
So, a ripping story combined with a thought-provoking image of an Islamic America - well worth a listen.
Absolutely horrid. Don't waste your money. Cliched, one-dimensonal characters, predictable plot, vapid writing. I'm still kicking myself for wasting a credit on this garbage.
I didn't care for this book, at all. It seemed to me to be written by an immature teenager. It's a mixture of science fiction and the "Muslim scare".
The characters were not developed well, and the story plot was a little contrived.
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