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Now back in print, the prophetic thriller from "the best writer of intelligence and political novels in the world" (The Boston Globe)

When Charles McCarry's The Better Angels was first published almost 30 years ago, its premise—that terrorists would use passenger-filled airliners as tools of terror—seemed incredible. In retrospect, the novel would prove to be prophetic.

The Better Angels takes place in an election year close to the turn of the ...

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The Better Angels: A Novel

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Overview

Now back in print, the prophetic thriller from "the best writer of intelligence and political novels in the world" (The Boston Globe)

When Charles McCarry's The Better Angels was first published almost 30 years ago, its premise—that terrorists would use passenger-filled airliners as tools of terror—seemed incredible. In retrospect, the novel would prove to be prophetic.

The Better Angels takes place in an election year close to the turn of the century in a deeply polarized America. The presidential race matches a tall, lantern-jawed liberal to a far-right former businessman with deep ties to the energy industry. Meanwhile, Islamic terrorists led by an oil-rich Arab prince, desperate to acquire nuclear bombs to use against Israel or major American cities, disrupt the presidential campaign through a series of bloody suicide bombing. Finally the election itself is stolen, as one side hacks into computerized voting systems to change the tallies in key states.

From the writer the New York Times Book Review called "the genuine article," The Better Angels is a thrilling and relevant masterwork.

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School Library Journal - Michael Rogers

Initially published in 1979, this is being dubbed by Overlook "the prophetic thriller." It features Islamic terrorists plotting to use passenger liners as weapons during a turn-of-the-century election year, with the front runner being a far-right businessman with ties to the energy industry. How scary is that? McCarry has a solid following.


—Michael Rogers Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451163233
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1989
  • Series: Christopher Family Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles McCarry served under deep cover as a CIA operations officer in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels, as well as numerous works of non-fiction incuding Citizen Nader. He currently splits his time between Florida and the Berkshires.

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