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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147670631X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476706313
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On the thirty-first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. and the world are vastly different than they were in 2001. The president of the U.S. relies on secret tactics to keep up the appearance of safety. In Houston, several Islamic terrorists kidnap a physicist from MIT who has knowledge of a hydrogen fuel cell that could eliminate the need for fossil fuels. Peter Newman, former war hero and son of a U.S. senator, knows that the physicist’s research is vital to achieving energy independence. When others who worked with the scientist die under mysterious circumstances, Newman realizes it’s up to him to stage a rescue. But the government needs to keep the kidnapping and the truth behind the abduction a secret, so Newman becomes a target with nowhere to turn. North has written an involving thriller that posits a distinctly scary future. The president and some of the government officials come across as buffoons, but Peter Newman and the heroes shine. Military-fiction fans will devour this one. --Jeff Ayers

About the Author

Oliver North is a combat-decorated US Marine and recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor, and two Purple Hearts. From 1983 to 1986, he served as the US government’s counterterrorism coordinator on the National Security Council staff. A #1 New York Times bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction, he is also a syndicated columnist, and host of the award-winning documentary series War Stories on Fox News. North lives with his wife, Betsy, in Virginia. They have four children and fourteen grandchildren. Visit him on Facebook and Twitter, or learn more at OliverNorth.com.

Customer Reviews

Great,well developed characters, plot and issues.
KibbieHoobler
Given today's events, the book offers a prophetic look at the future.
Joan
Also, the book is too short and the story seems rushed.
Sean

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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Bestselling author and real-life war hero, Oliver North delivers one of the best action-packed thrillers I've read this year! This incredible, compelling story has you on the edge-of-your seat through chilling events, told by a Master storyteller that's based on the author's experience in combat as a United States Marine. A man who President Ronald Reagan hailed as 'An American Hero.' An expert on terrorism and national security, chronicles a thrilling story that intrigues from beginning to end as the author takes the reader to 2032 at a time where it was assumed that America was safe from harm, filling the minds of all concerned with peace and tranquility. A time when the people were told that America no longer has to worry about nuclear attacks or threats as the government spread the news about our nation being protected, and while under such pretenses, our Armed Forces were cut drastically to save money. Then, all hell breaks loose when Houston is targeted, and one of our notable scientists is kidnapped. Suddenly, America must deal with suicide bombers, catastrophe and chaos, and that's only the beginning. Peter Newman sets out on a mission to find Dr. Marty Cohen, but this scary quest not only places Newman's family in danger, it exposes a threat to our entire nation. Does the scientist make it out alive, and who will survive? The price of fuel on the rise is nothing compared to the oncoming events that will send chills up your spine. Oliver North makes you feel as if you are there, during a nightmare that erupted as quick as a flash, and time may not be on their side. Riveting, exciting, and highly recommended to all thriller lovers!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Peter Thompson on November 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the best political thriller written in years. On the level with Clancy and Ludlum. So real, so prophetic is scares me. The writing is profound and the story takes us on a wild ride into the highest and most secret echelon of American Government, through sinister terrorist cells, and into the home of a good American family who still believes in the Constitution of The United States and who garners an inspiring sense of Patriotism that seems to be waning in the present America. This is my first time reading a North novel, and I can't wait to go back and read the rest.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tosho on November 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I call this "cutting-edge" fiction because it is a plot perfectly attuned to today and it's written by a man who actually knows what he's writing about. With all the talking heads bloviating on every subject under the sun, it's always refreshing to hear from someone who has actually done what they're talking about.

In Heroes Proved, Oliver North gives us a neuro-igniting glimpse into the possible near future of America and the world. A propelling plot, compelling characters, and high technology combine to form one of the best novels you will ever read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RBR on December 12, 2012
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I rarely rate items 5 stars. I feel that products that do what they are supposed to do well are a 4. A 5 is for exceptional. This book starts explosively and continues to excite. The exceptional parallel to present day circumstances is chilling and revealing to those who normally don't pay attention. Your reaction to this novel will be swayed by your political beliefs.

EXCEPTIONAL!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Jams on May 24, 2013
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I am amazed at the reviews that led me to believe that this book was similar to the first three. The Jericho Sanction was one of the best novels I have ever read, even when read by itself without the other two.

This novel, however, was a grave disappointment, perhaps because I am so impressed with the trilogy. This book does not even belong in the "set," in my opinion.

Based on the raving reviews, I could not wait for this book to arrive. I quickly discovered, though, that this novel simply is not very interesting! The entire book is written as expository fiction--telling the tale rather than developing the setting and characters to let them tell the story. Case in point: at one place, Mr. North dedicated at least two pages to a technical message (all caps, etc.), and then for two more pages explains the exact contents of the message through dialogue, effectively repeating and what the message said. I suppose his readers are assumed to be too daft to figure it out themselves?

The dialogue gaffes continue. There is one crazy exchange between James Newman and his father's friend, a Senator. Here, James oddly details, most graphically, how he got his wife pregnant. I can't imagine such a thing like this actually happening!

Then the plot issues abound. There is the kidnapped retired-admiral-turned-inventor that can endure extremes of hurricane-tossed lifeboats and sweltering jungle heat, but cannot seem to overcome a single captor on a derelict tanker when waves are about to wash the villain overboard anyway? In many places the plot just simply does not make sense!

There is endless dialogue in this book when compared with the more action-packed trilogy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daminus on March 13, 2013
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ive never written a review before because books are usually obviously terrible or great... this book was different... the first half was like a rough hike through a thesaurus jungle... the author wrote in painful detail about everything... from pages about how a phone works to explanations of every acronym used in government... it was just a little too much and slow going... after halfway though the main story kicked in and the excruciating details stopped lending to an enjoyable read... the story through most of the book is actually really good and kind of scary as it seems we as a nation are actually heading that way... the last chapter or so the book changes again and goes into a short skip and jump over broad topics to finish the book quickly... it seemed like the author didnt know how to end the story so it just abruptly ends with barely any detail or explanation...

so to summarize... i would definitely recommend this book mostly for it's political commentary ... it also plays out like a clancy so it is a good spy like novel... the caution i give though is that it is very slow and painful to start...
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