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Jeremiah, a self-styled, modern-day prophet, inspires millions of his followers to move to New America, a utopian colony centered in South Dakota and surrounding states. They buy land, establish businesses, create new cities and take over the machinery of government-including the National Guard and State Police. With financing from abroad, Jeremiah’s mercenary army seizes a fleet of stealth bombers and occupies a nuclear power plant near Washington, D.C. Jeremiah’s demand that the federal government recognize New...

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Overview

Jeremiah, a self-styled, modern-day prophet, inspires millions of his followers to move to New America, a utopian colony centered in South Dakota and surrounding states. They buy land, establish businesses, create new cities and take over the machinery of government-including the National Guard and State Police. With financing from abroad, Jeremiah’s mercenary army seizes a fleet of stealth bombers and occupies a nuclear power plant near Washington, D.C. Jeremiah’s demand that the federal government recognize New American as an independent state creates a military and constitutional crisis. The forces that oppose Jeremiah include his old nemesis, former FBI agent Steve Wallace, and his wife, Laura Delaney, an ex-television journalist who is the object of Jeremiah’s obsession.

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“Lovers of conspiracy theories will enjoy this fast-paced novel.”-Booklist.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The evil Jeremiah survived the cliffhanger ending of Book One (Jeremiah: Terrorist Prophet) in this series that takes the current interest in religious cults to an absurd extreme. This scenario has millions of followers moving into South Dakota, co-opting the government, banks and national guard to set up New America, a self-sufficient totalitarian community led by the violent, psychotic "prophet." Armed and financed by the Chinese and by druglords, Jeremiah takes U.S. bases in nearby states and occupies a Maryland nuclear plant, threatening to blow it up unless New America is accorded independence. Obsessed with newscaster Laura Delany, he abducts her, nearly killing her CIA agent husband, Steve Wallace, and rapes her to get the heir he prophesied. Aided by Attorney General Peter Thompson, Steve tries to kill Jeremiah and free Laura; his plan is foiled, and he is captured. But Katrina Dorfler, Jeremiah's cousin and lover, who wants the prophet to herself, helps Laura and Steve escape. Meanwhile, U.S. armed forces eliminate the nuclear threat and seize New America. Jeremiah escapes, forcing Steve and Laura into hiding, where they are raising the "prophet's" child as their own. Of course, Jeremiah isn't the kind of man who forgives and forgets; he resumes his reign of terror in an annoyingly abrupt cliffhanger ending. Smith's prose is melodramatic, with condescending asides to explain characters' thoughts and a cartoonish military crisis. For readers who want more tales of murderous neo-fascism, obscure terrorist scripture and psychotic rapists, this series seems poised to continue. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
An out-of-control baddie holds the US at bay—in a sequel that's equally out of control. Jeremiah, that black-hearted worm, is back. Though FBI agent Steve Wallace had tried his top-gun best to snuff him in his debut (Jeremiah: Terrorist Prophet, 1997), the slippery devil is still with us. But it's a different ballgame this time out; from mere deranged renegade, he's been upgraded to rampant megalomaniac. A full-fledged Hitler wannabe, Jeremiah is now a prophet fanatically honored in his own country—New America by name. Carved out of the USA—Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas—this separatist confederacy is composed of malcontents who gorge themselves on their leader's teachings as set forth in the "Book of the Second Jeremiah," a primer for religious extremists, white supremacists, and haters of all stripes. But don't think for a minute that Jeremiah's ambitions end there. What he wants is total dominion over everything in sight, and to get it he sees nuclear blackmail as a very good thing. Obsessed as he is geopolitically, though, he's even more fixated romantically—on Laura Delaney, erstwhile blond goddess of network TV news. So he kidnaps her, rapes her, gets her pregnant. The idea is that she'll bear his child and perpetuate his dynasty—except that, subjected to this kind of treatment, Laura isn't willing to buy into Jeremiah's long-term plans. Moreover, she doesn't like him. Nor does her husband, superhero Steve, who once again sets out to assassinate Jeremiah for the sake of world peace. Not an easy task. In addition to high security, Jeremiah has more lives than a cat, and although he may have been skinned out of a few of them by novel's end, enoughare left to keep the series going. Big, messy, and paranoid. Nightmarish stuff if you could believe a minute of it. .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595373130
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/11/2005
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2000

    Good Book...

    This book was good and its keeping meon my feet. still have 20 pages left and I Cant wait to finish it. I surely suggest tha tyou spend the $25 on the book and read it. Its good if you like the Military (I'm Army).

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