Eclipse aspires to be any number of books: a novel of political intrigue, an international conspiracy thriller, a courtroom drama, a romance, even a straightforward murder mystery…To Patterson's credit, the novel succeeds on all counts. While Pierce struggles to dodge the next danger barreling his way, Patterson never loses sight of the big picture: the region's history, the nuances of international law, the subtleties of oil futures trading. He brings his knowledge to the book with a sense of urgency far beyond the plot at hand, depicting complex legal issues and the larger geopolitical situation with authority and clarity.
The Washington Post
Patterson, a former lawyer turned bestselling fiction author, returns with his latest thriller featuring Damon Pierce, a down-and-out lawyer who finds fresh purpose when contacted by a former lover whose husband is being held captive in the West African nation of Luandi. Peter Francis James takes command of the material, offering up realistic African dialects that chillingly convey the hostage's terror and the ruthlessness of his captors. James's vocal ability creates a stirring experience that is at once personal and emotional while entertaining and theatrical, making for a truly rousing performance. A Holt hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 20). (Jan.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Patterson pens another compelling legal thriller, reminiscent of Exile. Successful lawyer Damon Pierce had an unrequited love affair with Marissa Brand, but she was in love with a cause in the West African nation of Luandia (think Nigeria) and its leader, Bobby Okari. The divorcing Damon receives a plea for help from Marissa, so he flies off to Africa and learns that the head of the government is tied into PetroGlobal, the American oil company making billions from West African oil. He also finds that the water supply has been repeatedly compromised by oil, there is no infrastructure, and the people are starving and disease-ridden while being brutalized by the government. Bobby had led a demonstration during the night of the eclipse, and then the government slaughtered everyone in his village and tortured and arrested him, accusing him of murder. Damon has his hands full trying to get a fair trial for Bobby, and because Marissa is an American, the world is watching. Patterson once again brings a timely, controversial subject-America's dependence on foreign oil-to the forefront in this troubling yet engrossing read. Highly recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ9/15/08; this novel draws on the actual case of writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was hanged by the Nigerian military in 1995 despite international protests.-Ed.]
Passionate…exciting [and] eye-opening, page by page.” Washington Post
“Compelling and credible…guaranteed to rouse you to thought.” Richmond Times-Dispatch
“This stellar legal thriller both informs and entertains… Patterson has exerted all his considerable skill in creating a nightmare atmosphere that will cling to readers long after the last page is turned.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A satisfying fable that pits a hero who deeply believes in the rule of law against a violent, lawless regime that holds all the cards.” Kirkus Reviews
“Nearly flawlessby the time you realize how well Patterson is writing, you are already caught up in this novel.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Suspensefulpervasive danger as real as the actual reality.” New York Daily News
“A terrific legal thriller populated by rich, well drawn characters [Patterson] magnificently brings to life. Not to be missed.” Providence Sunday Journal
“[A] compelling legal thriller, reminiscent of Exile. Patterson once again brings a timely, controversial subjectAmerica's dependence on foreign oilto the forefront in this…engrossing read.” Library Journal