He knows how to write, but not how to write characters, the quick cut of settings is a jumble, and the plot is so confusing. Story opens with bombing in Bahrain--done by Quds force, but made to appear to be work of Islamia. Clarke worked in the White House, State Department, and Pentagon. An arrogant, gung-ho secretary of defense and his eager-beaver undersecretary are intent on regime change in a certain Arab country with huge oil reserves. This time, it could be nuclear, and spread to Asia and beyond. The rivers Ulay and Euphrates swell with their tears.
They charge that this nation's government has ties with Al Qaeda and is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons. Clarke was a very interesting and rewarding book. But this time, it could be bigger. The plans are not the same, however-though some of the planners think they are. For three decades, Richard A.
As advisor to four Presidents, he traveled throughout the Middle East, visiting palaces, military bases, and intelligence centers, meeting rulers, soldiers, and spies. The story Clarke tells in these pages takes place several years in the future: the United States has finally pulled out of Iraq, and Iraq has become closely aligned with Iran, which has ambitious plans to widen its sphere of influence in the Gulf. From the noted counterterrorism expert and 1 bestselling author comes an astonishing fiction debut a novel of terrorism, warring nations, and political treachery. The conspiracy theory element seemed far fetched, especially from someone with Clarke's background and at times seemed there only to grind an ax against Rumsfield and Wolfwitz. He portrays an Iran bent on conquest, less by military means than by stealth and intrigue. The plans are not the same, however-though some of the planners think they are. But this time, it could be bigger.
Not only is this book a great read, but it leaves one with a picture of what could be our end of days! The affair mini-plot was completely unneccesary and detracted from the book. I gave this title four stars because the plot, though quite intricate, had very few loose ends. Three countries have designs on Islamyah's oil reserves - Iran, China and the United States - and the novel's heroes become convinced that the invasion of Islamyah, being secretly planned by America's defense secretary, Henry Conrad, will put those three nations on a collision course toward nuclear war. Well written and easy to follow this story warns of possible doomsday issues if and when unscrupulous politicians are in power in our country. That is an intriguing development from someone who has criticized recent administrations for not understanding that in the new globalized world, with its instant communications and easy travel, loosely associated small groups can pose as deadly a threat as any great power. Hidden agendas, fierce ambition, conflicting loyalties, faulty intelligence, catastrophic miscalculation-soon the dominos will start to fall, and not even the efforts of a few dedicated men and women on the outside may be able to stop an unstoppable folly. His later books were better, and this book all in all is not bad.
Clarke was a high-ranking state department official until he differed with the Bush administration. This story is the mixing of all those desires, leading to a war for control unless somehow something or someone can stop it. Hidden agendas, fierce ambition, conflicting loyalties, faulty intelligence, catastrophic miscalculation - soon the dominoes will start to fall, and not even the efforts of a few dedicated men and women may be able to stop an unstoppable folly. Much more of it appears here. For three decades, Richard A.
However it was hard to keep track of all the characters there were a lot. However, the characters were well designed, and the plot was interesting, so it was a good read for me. In an extraordinary geopolitical thriller filled with the kind of cutting-edge authenticity only someone on the inside could bring, Clarke takes readers just five years into the future, when forces both in the Middle East and the United States are at work to launch another war. It was an interesting story line in the sense of how it played upon current events in the middle east. A series of bombings and Chinese missles mysteriously show up in the same place This book takes place in the United States and the Middle East, 5 years or so in the future. Much more of it appears here.
Clarke responded to questions and comments from members of the audience. In an extraordinary geopolitical thriller filled with the kind of cutting-edge authenticity only someone on the inside could bring, Clarke takes readers just five years into the future, when forces both in the Middle East and the United States are at work to launch another war. It reads quick and the plot is intriguing, if you can stomach some really mediocre fiction writing. Perhaps most surprisingly, the actors are defined by their visions of their respective national interests more than by trans-national ideology. Among the topics he discussed were dependence on foreign oil and terrorism in the Middle East. I seemed to get lost in some sections, perhaps the author being a little too technical in some areas and the final third of the book I found it labourous to read and a little hard to follow in some places.
He primarily focuses on the relationship between Saudi Arabian Islamyeh a rebel group he depicts as having recently taken control of Saudi Arabia and the nation of Iran. The E-mail message field is required. After the first few pages, I was curious how such poorly written dialogue could make it past an editor of high caliber, which I'm sure Clarke has access to, given his high profile. The country of Saudi Arabia has been taken over by a revolutionary regime and has a new name, Islamyah. Kings and Queens kissed the ground he walked upon.