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The Armageddon Project
     

The Armageddon Project

by Tom Sancton
 
From the boulevards of Paris to the sands of Iraq to the halls of Congress, this page-turner is a riveting cautionary tale that resonates forcefully with contemporary political events.

A bombing in a Paris church lands American journalist Sam Preston in the story of a lifetime–if only he can survive. The attack leads Sam to a group of Assyrian Christians.

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From the boulevards of Paris to the sands of Iraq to the halls of Congress, this page-turner is a riveting cautionary tale that resonates forcefully with contemporary political events.

A bombing in a Paris church lands American journalist Sam Preston in the story of a lifetime–if only he can survive. The attack leads Sam to a group of Assyrian Christians. Their colorful leader-in-exile, Rafat Ganjibar, aims to form a breakaway Assyrian Republic in the oil-rich lands of northwestern Iraq with the help of some powerful supporters– the American Evangelical community, the Israelis, and even U.S. President Jack Ritter. Sam suspects the President and his allies are acting secretly–and illegally–to advance and fund this movement.

Invited to the White House to report on a performance by Princess Tawana, a charismatic Gospel singer enrolled by the Christian Fundamentalists to champion their cause, Sam meets a born-again U.S. Army General. As the shocking details of the "Armageddon Project" begin to fall into place, Sam realizes the end is indeed near–for him.

Now Sam is a prime target for the C.I.A., the French intelligence, and Israel's Mossad, who dispatch a sexy El Al stewardess to use any means necessary to stop him. To uncover the story and stay alive, he uses his reporter's instincts and the unwitting help of his foolish brother-in-law, who becomes an unlikely savior in the nick of time. From Paris' Latin Quarter, to the Italian Riviera, to England's Dover Castle, Sam races to reveal the truth before the "Armageddon Project" triggers a real apocalypse in the Middle East.

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The White House and its religious and oil industry backers pin big hopes on a tiny Christian sect in war-ravaged Iraq. Paris-based journalist Sam Preston is the only reporter to dig deep into the mysteries surrounding the explosion that leveled a church belonging to the tiny Assyrian Christian congregation on the Rue Galande. Preston is a recovering alcoholic with great writing skills and years of useful experience covering France, which he loves. His story gets the attention of Rafat Ganjibar, the obese and grandiose self-styled leader of the Assyrians, who summons the reporter to let him know of the Assyrian hope to declare an independent state for the religious minority in Iraq. Preston doesn't know what to make of the creepy Ganjibar, nor does he know how seriously to take the offer of his French colleague Charles Dumond to include him in the investigation of some shady arms dealing that involves a disgraced resistance hero who was once the friend of the current French president. As it turns out, the arms dealing leads back to the Assyrians. And so does Princess Tawana, an American gospel singer with a French band whose breakout hit is based on her firm belief in the prophecies laid out in the Book of Revelation. The Assyrians, Princess Tawana and the arms dealers all have ties to the administration of U.S. President Jack Ritter, who, if he weren't so short and weren't from New Mexico, would be a dead ringer for G. W. Bush. President Ritter, taking his marching orders from his evil vice president, whose former employer would be a dead ringer for Halliburton if the oil-exploiting conglomerate weren't so huge and cynical, is in the grip of evangelical Christians. Those Christians, likePrincess Tawana, are buckling down for Armageddon, an event they await with pleasure. Clunky writing and a rabidly partisan view hobble the thrills, but not fatally.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590512524
Publisher:
Other Press, LLC
Publication date:
01/09/2007
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Tom Sancton

Tom Sancton makes his debut as a writer of political thrillers with The Armageddon Project. For 22 years he worked at Time magazine, most recently as the Paris Bureau Chief. He coauthored the 1998 international bestseller Death of a Princess: The Investigation, which examined the circumstances surrounding Princess Diana's death. His acclaimed memoir, Song for My Fathers (Other Press, 2006), recounts his early life among legendary jazz men in his native New Orleans. He currently lives in Paris.

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