Behold a Pale Horse

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Havana, 1963:
Rupert Justice Tolliver, a young Texan who boasts that he will one day be president, is being driven through the city when a bullet whizzes past his nose. The shooter, a professional Rhodesian assassin named Cobra, fired because he was ordered to. He missed intentionally, perhaps making the greatest mistake of his life. . . .

Washington, 2001:
After a career as a television preacher and a stint ...

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Havana, 1963:
Rupert Justice Tolliver, a young Texan who boasts that he will one day be president, is being driven through the city when a bullet whizzes past his nose. The shooter, a professional Rhodesian assassin named Cobra, fired because he was ordered to. He missed intentionally, perhaps making the greatest mistake of his life. . . .

Washington, 2001:
After a career as a television preacher and a stint as Governor of Texas, Rupert Justice Tolliver is elected president by a razor-thin margin. Declaring a holy war, he calls the Army and Navy to action, releasing the U.S. military machine on all foes, foreign and domestic, that he considers ungodly. As the world teeters at the brink of the millennium, Tolliver's rule disturbs international financial markets, creating chaos worldwide. This causes wealthy men from all corners of the globe to unite in a conspiracy against the leader of the free world, and they begin the search for an assassin.

Cobra:
Brought out of retirement in the African vineyards, the sharpshooter is offered a handsome sum to do what he should have done so many years ago: shoot to kill. This time around, all should go as planned. Except there's one variable Cobra isn't counting on.

Clarissa:
The beautiful and ruthless First Lady. The real mastermind behind the rising tide of terror, Clarissa isn't above using sex to manipulate the men on both sides of the conflict. And if she has her way, the beginning of the next millennium will be an era of demagoguery, mayhem, and bloodshed.

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Plunging inexorably toward apocalypse, this expertly layered thriller by the author of The House of Pain darkly foreshadows the forthcoming 2000 presidential elections. Opening in Cuba in 1963, the narrative follows the parallel careers of Cobra, a young Rhodesian sharpshooter who is sent by Castro to Dallas to assassinate JFK, and Rupert Justice Tolliver, a young Texan on the same Dallas flight, who dreams of becoming president. After fulfilling his mission, Cobra ducks his pursuers by joining the U.S. Marines and is sent to Vietnam. Meanwhile, Tolliver enters divinity school to avoid the war and eventually capitalizes on his charisma as a radio/TV evangelist to become governor of Texas. Surviving Vietnam, Cobra returns to Rhodesia and buys a large farm. Over the years, he fights the elements and struggles to keep his land by hiring himself out as a hit man for high pay, all the while following with casual interest the adventures of the sly, Bible-spouting Texan who finally becomes the first U.S. president of the new millennium. Soon after Tolliver is sworn in, a young woman stumbles upon documentation of a shady land deal manipulated to funnel money to Tolliver and his campaign. Meanwhile, once Tolliver takes office, it becomes obvious that the Texan--convinced it is his destiny to fulfill the prophecy of the book of Revelations--is quite mad. With poetic symmetry, a secret group of powerbrokers hires Cobra to execute the ultimate sanction, and the thriller echoes Forsyth's Day of the Jackal as it approaches an adrenaline-charged finale. Though Leib's prose is only workmanlike, his juicy treatment of political chicanery, sexual promiscuity, media hijinks, international intrigue and atomic brinkmanship makes for a gripping read. (Jan.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312890643
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 1.11 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 1999

    Behold a Pale Horse

    A facinating tale of the End of Days set on the stage of modern history. At the same time frightening and humorous. Recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    Behold a Pale Horse

    smooth. at first fanciful while in the world of real events, real characters (the Kennedys, Castro, J. Edgar Hoover), then frighteningly real in the fiery progress to the predicted end of days. read it before the real millennium, jan 1, 2001.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    Behold a Pale Horse

    Simply fantastic. if you read the millennialist books in the bible, you'll love it. if you haven't, you'll still love it. incredibly good characters rushing towards collision at Armegedon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2000

    Behold a Pale Horse

    St. John set this forward; Leib deliveres the profecy, set with us in our own day. Characters, Tolliver the preacher-president, his wife Clarissa, his ruthless enforcer the Mormon, his nemesis, Cobra. Brilliant, fast paced, cool, and brilliant. Michael

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 1999

    Behold a Pale Horse - Outstanding !!!!!!

    I have followed Franklin Allen Leib's work for the past ten or more years. (Fire Arrow, Fire Storm, Sea Lion) Behold a Pale Horse is by far his best work to date. I am eagerly awaiting his next book as I have enjoyed watching this gifted author develop into one of the leading writers of the new millenium.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2000

    Behold a Pale Horse

    The profesy of Revelation displayed against our own time. Frightening but so well woven; the rogue preacher president with his heart in his hands, and the lonely assassin who is the hand of God--or maybe not. Excessent. Barney, Boston

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 1999

    Behold a Pale Horse

    Too much. The hand of the legend reaches back to JFK and forward to the damned. Intriguing, compelling, fun.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    excellent thriller

    By 1963, the Rhodesian Cobra is an established assassin with Lumumba among his victims. His current assignment in Havana is to kill Castro, but he purposely misses shooting a cigar instead. When the Cubans catch him, Cobra explains that he intentionally missed. He proves his boast by reconstructing the shot using a ¿volunteer¿ from Texas, Rupert Justice Tolliver as the target. Cobra successfully demonstrates his abilities. The Cubans send him to meet J. Edgar Hoover¿s South Florida contact Fernandez who provides Cobra with his next job. In late November in Dallas, Cobra carries out his assignment. To escape the country, he joins the marines. <P>Over the next three plus decades, Rupert becomes a TV evangelist and governor of Texas. Cobra buys a large farm in his homeland that he finances with an occasional hit. By 2001 Rupert is the president while Cobra continues to work his farm. Rupert believes that he is the world¿s savior and begins a religious war as described in Revelations. The international financial community panics and hires Cobra to kill Rupert. However, Cobra is unaware that the real brain behind the presidency is the First Lady and she has no compunctions to walk both sides of the conflict to gain what she wants. <P>BEHOLD A PALE HORSE is an exciting political thriller that keeps reader attention from start to finish. The story line never rests as the 1963 scenario ties back into the 2001 potential apocalypse. Though the characters are not going to gain any empathy, the audience will admire Cobra¿s chutzpah and gasp at Rupert¿s obsession with Revelations. Franklin Allen Leib had forged a triumphant tale that will send his fans searching for his previous novels. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 1999

    Behold a Pale Horse

    The tale begins with violence in 1963 and in Vietnam. The prophecy is revealed by Justice Tolliver, a televangelist turned presidential candidate. The nation and the world burns toward the new millennium, that begins with Tolliver's inauguration in 2001. Add Cobra, the mysterious assassin who is associated with President Tolliver since the beginning. Add the foretellings of St. John the Divine. Excellent good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 1999

    Behold a Pale Horse

    A fascinating tale of two men coming toward each other in Dallas in 1963 and in Washington at the beginning of the new millennium. One is a television preacher elected President of the United States, the other is a professional assassin. A stunning trial of god and evil, but which man is which? Highley recommended.

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