The Better Angels

The Better Angels

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by Charles McCarry
     
 

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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

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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 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
From the Publisher
Praise for Charles McCarry
"There is no better American spy novelist."-Time

"McCarry+s novels are among the best of out time."-Wall Street Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590200049
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
03/13/2008
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.15(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for Charles McCarry
"There is no better American spy novelist."-Time

"McCarry+s novels are among the best of out time."-Wall Street Journal

Meet the Author

Charles McCarry is the author, most recently, of Christopher’s Ghosts, and has written ten acclaimed novels featuring Paul Christopher and his family (all available from Overlook). During the Cold War, he was an intelligence officer operating under deep cover in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

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