From the noted counterterrorism expert and #1 bestselling author comes an astonishing fiction debut-a novel of terrorism, warring nations, and political treachery... that could happen tomorrow.
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Contemporary | Thriller
For three decades, Richard A. Clarke worked in the White
House, State Department, and Pentagon. As adviser to four
presidents, he traveled throughout the Middle East,
visiting palaces, military bases, and intelligence centers,
meeting rulers, soldiers, and spies. Some of what he found
appeared in Against All Enemies. Much more of it appears
In an extraordinary geopolitical thriller filled with the
kind of cutting-edge authenticity only someone on the
inside could bring, Clarke takes readers just five years
into the future, when forces both in the Middle East and
the United States are at work to launch another war. But
this time, it could be bigger. This time, it could be
nuclear, and spread to Asia and beyond.
A coup has finally toppled the sheiks of Saudi Arabia, and
put a determined but shaky Islamic government in its place.
Everywhere, the scent of oil has begun to attract the
scorpions, and among them are men in Washington and another
capital ready to strike a devil's bargain to fundamentally
realign the map of the Middle East. The plans are not the
same, however-though some of the planners think they are.
Hidden agendas, fierce ambition, conflicting loyalties,
faulty intelligence, catastrophic miscalculation-soon the
dominos will start to fall, and not even the efforts of a
few dedicated men and women on the outside may be able to
stop an unstoppable folly. . . .
Blending exceptional realism with intricate plotting, razor-
sharp suspense, and a remarkable cast of characters, The
Scorpion's Gate will be one of the most talked-about novels
of the year.
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