Synopses & Reviews
Now in a premium edition—a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller about an act of nuclear terrorism plotted by Al Qaeda, and the CIA officer who must find the weapon before it causes the Middle East to go up in flames.
On orders from Osama Bin Laden, the brilliant Al Qaeda operative Amer Al Zaroor directs the theft of a nuclear bomb from the Pakistani military. As Al Zaroor transports it toward an unknown target, Bin Laden announces to the world that he will trigger a nuclear explosion on the tenth anniversary of September 11th, changing the face of Western civilization. Brooke Chandler, who became a CIA agent in the wake of September 11th, is sidelined in Washington because a colleague exposed his operations against Al Qaeda in Lebanon. Now Chandler thinks he knows how to locate the weapon and where Bin Laden intends to use it. Against the skepticism of the White House and his own colleagues, Chandler launches a quest to disable the bomb before tragedy strikes. His race against the clock returns him to Lebanon, where no one is quite who they seem—including the beautiful an enigmatic archaeologist he encounters at the epicenter of terrorism—and where the plans of enemies old and new depend on Chandler’s death.
“Frighteningly realistic and thoroughly engrossing,” (Booklist) The Devil’s Light begins at a blistering pace and accelerates to a dazzling finish, confirming Richard North Patterson as a master of the international suspense novel.
“A nuclear bomb is about to explode in a major city whose streets will turn bright with the light of a thousand suns. In this brilliant novel, Richard North Patterson slips into t he minds of the mad and messianic and explores what it will mean for all of us if we allow an apocalyptic nightmare to become tomorrow’s history-bending reality.
THE DEVIL’S LIGHT is more than the provocative ruminations of a master story teller. It is a powerful call to action-lest we find ourselves sifting through the radiated wreckage of a truth told too late.
Masterful and illuminating, THE DEVIL’S LIGHT is Richard North Patterson at his best. You will not want, or be able to, put this story down. It is tomorrow’s catastrophe riding on the ‘gleaming wings of science.’”
—William S. Cohen, former Secretary of Defense
“Impossible to dismiss as mere fiction, THE DEVIL’S LIGHT is a terrifying vision of what very well could bring down our world as we know it. With its real-life spies locked in a deathly struggle, this thrillingly told novel is all too real.”
—Robert Baer, former CIA field officer and New York Times bestselling author
“The Devil’s Light
will grab you from the very first page and never let go. Patterson’s amazing storytelling is made all the better by his emotionally complex characters. I was intrigued.”
-Kathy Reichs, #1 New York Times best-selling author of 206 Bones
“THE DEVIL’S LIGHT dazzles and illuminates, a page-turner that smartly and in breath-taking fashion snaps to life the complexities of the middle east and the struggle of nations and players for power. The books literally barrels along as the stakes grow ever higher. Deeply researched and thoroughly plausible, Patterson's is one of the most intelligent and entertaining thrillers about the world as it is, and the possible world to come.”
—Doug Stanton, author of Horse Soldiers and In Harm’s Way
THE DEVIL’S LIGHT tells the story of an AL Qeda operative named Amer Al Zaroor, who, on orders from Osama Bin Laden, directs the theft of a nuclear weapon from the Pakistani military, and then transports it toward its intended target, Israel. Meanwhile Bin Laden announces to the world that he will make a major terrorist strike on 9/11/10, the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Deep inside Washington, Brooke Chandler, a CIA operative whose cover was blown by an incompetent colleague in Lebanon, thinks he knows how the bomb is being moved toward its target and how to find it. First he must overcome the skepticism of the CIA and the White House, and then he must find the bomb and disable or detonate it before it causes the Middle East to go up in flames.
About the Author
Richard North Patterson is the author of The Devil’s Light, In the Name of Honor, The Spire, and sixteen other bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups. He lives in Martha's Vineyard, San Francisco, and Cabo San Lucas with his wife, Dr. Nancy Clair.