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Seattle, 2040. The Space Needle lies crumpled. Veiled women hurry through the busy streets. Alcohol is outlawed, replaced by Jihad Cola, and mosques dot the skyline. New York and Washington, D.C., are nuclear wastelands. Phoenix is abandoned, Chicago the site of a civil war battle. At the edges of the empire, Islamic and Christian forces fight for control of a very different United States.

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.

©2006 Robert Ferrigno (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. Audioworks is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Fans of instapundit politics will love this thriller." (Publishers Weekly) "Ferrigno deserves props for his imaginative portrayal of a futuristic America." (Booklist)

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  • Paul
  • Ras Al KhaimahUnited Arab Emirates
  • 03-13-08

An excellent thriller

<i>Prayers for the Assassin</i> was a thoroughly enjoyable listen, set in an imagined 'Islamic States of America' of the future. Reminiscent of Robert Harris' <i>Fatherland</i>, 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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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I read the series

I had read the series several years ago and was excited for the audio book but the performance was poor. The story jumps timelines and stories but the reader doesn't pause, change tone, or attempt voices for the different characters. During moments of intensity the reader just keeps going at the same pace and tone. This really flattens and white washes the story.

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A waste of time

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better story. Better Narration. Better characters.

Has Prayers for the Assassin turned you off from other books in this genre?

What genre is this? A ridiculous story with life after an Islamic takeover of the USA, as a backdrop, with gratuitous sex in an unlikely romance and a plot to takeover an unrealistic government by an octogenarian?

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Armand Schultz?

I normally enjoy Armand Schultz as a narrator. This was not one of his better readings. The characters were weak and irritating.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and laughter at the ridiculous premise, a thin and very predictable plot and unbelievably lame characters.

Any additional comments?

The story might have been better without the poorly-pictured takeover of the USA by Muslims as a background. This could have been a good intel thriller under another scenario.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't Be Worse

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.

3 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 04-18-06

Odd flow

Interesting concept, but not enthralling execution. The book seems sort of helter skelter or even disassociated.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Poor

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.

1 of 13 people found this review helpful