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Deadly Perfume: An International Thriller Hardcover – December, 1991

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Thomas ( Enola Gay ) draws on 35 years of journalistic experience in the Middle East for this first work of fiction. Some years after the 1990-91 Gulf War the world's leaders have changed but the Middle East still festers. Terrorist Khalil Raza now leads the fedayeen from a base granted by Qaddafi's successor and financed by a cabal of Iraqi mullahs. This group wants to attain control of the oil fields and to bring about the final destruction of Israel through a holy jihad. Raza's weapon is Anthrax-B-C, a Chinese-designed pathogen (deadly perfume) that can wipe out entire cities just hours after it is placed in the water supply. Blowing up several hotels simultaneously in New York City, London and Paris for starters, Raza then wipes out a South African town with Anthrax-B-C to scare the West into meeting his demands. World leaders give Mossad agent and Raza's arch nemesis David Morton carte blanche to track down Raza. Although the story is exciting, the terrorists' hyperbole might wear thin on the reader and Thomas's solid knowledge of the Middle East is offset by his wildly inaccurate portrayal of Americans--especially New Yorkers--and an odd notion of the geography of greater New York City. Much of the resolution depends on coincidence, with too many convenient loopholes for credibility. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; film rights to The Write Company; author tour.
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Seriously unhappy with the New World Order, a top-rank international terrorist gets his hands on some Chinese anthrax and blackmails the Western world. Mossad to the rescue in journalist Thomas's first novel after 30 nonfiction works (Enslaved, etc. etc.). The despicable terrorist is Mr. Khalil Raza, a most irritable chap who has hooked up with the meanest mullahs in Iran. The exceptionally resourceful Mossad agent is Mr. David Morton, whose physician sister was blown up in one of Raza's political statements. Having tracked Raza's agents across Asia to witness their purchase of the world's deadliest bacillus from corrupt Chinese scientists, Morton has the devil's own time convincing his government and the rather Arab-leaning American security apparat that Raza is up to no good. Indeed. The fiend has nothing less in mind than the elimination of Israel and of Western corruption in the Moslem world, as well as control of the Middle Eastern oil fields. His weapons, above and beyond the anthrax, are his network of agents in the rotten West, his army of fanatical soldiers in Libya, and his little circle of compliant terrorist groupies who will do anything for the archcriminal, including carrying the anthrax around the world in little perfume bottles. By the time Morton convinces various presidents and prime ministers that they have a problem, the pretty acolytes have already begun to spread their nasty germs. Moderately exciting, never subtle superinternational-global thriller. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st U.S. ed edition (December 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060179716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060179717
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,347,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gordon Thomas is a political and investigative journalist and the author of 53 books, published in more than 30 countries and in dozens of languages. The total sales of his works exceed 45 million copies.

Thomas' most recent bestseller is Gideon's Spies: Mossad's Secret Warriors. Published in 16 languages and 40 countries Gideon's Spies is known throughout the world as the leading resource on Israeli intelligence. An updated edition will be published in 2012 by St. Martin's Press. Gideon's Spies was made into a major documentary for Channel Four in Britain, which Thomas wrote and narrated, called The Spy Machine. The Observer called The Spy Machine a "clear" picture of Israeli intelligence operations, and The Times called it "impressive," and "chilling."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Wakeford on February 21, 2006
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i had never seen a novel by this author before finding this one in my local is one of the most well written and convincing thrillers i have read in many a thomas certainly knows his was written before 9/11 i believe,and in this time [2006] all folk interested in what radical islam militant[terrorist]groups are capable of doing to our glorious mother-earth should read this fine thriller and all world leaders and heads of state should get a big heads-up from this all too real tale
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Gordon Thomas is one of the most under-rated authors of our time. This is an extraordinary work. Thomas is a masterful storyteller who knows how to develop believable characters and place them in a plot that delivers multiple layers of meaning. Only a gifted fiction artist can pull off this technique. The narrative is backed by facts; Thomas is a man of experience. This is not "armchair writing."

Above all else, Thomas is a humanitarian. His books have purpose. He sees the bigger picture as both a journalist and investigative reporter. It was ingenious for Thomas to decide to add novel writing to his repertoire.
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