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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 553 pages
  • Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers; First Edition edition (September 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805425519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805425512
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Oliver North is a New York Times bestselling author, the host of "War Stories" on the FOX News Channel, and a war correspondent for the FOX News Network. His novels are stories of international intrigue, political espionage, and military adventure drawn from his own experiences as a combat-decorated Marine and the Counter-Terrorism Coordinator for the United States from 1983-1986.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

Excellent story line and well written.
Donna Beard
It is uncanney how the current events of today were written about in this book before they happened.
Patricia C Fields
What a great read - hard to put it down.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By C. Stephans VINE VOICE on November 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Jericho Sanction is the second novel written by North and Musser. It follows the New York Times' Bestseller Mission Compromised as the second book in a three-book series. (If you haven't read Mission Compromised yet, it is now out in paperback.) In The Jericho Sanction, North continues the action-packed story of Peter Newman, a Marine lieutenant colonel whose covert operation against terrorists and Saddam Hussein was betrayed by United Nations' and U.S. government bureaucrats.
Newman and his wife Rachel go into hiding following an assassination attempt orchestrated by a renegade UN Deputy Secretary General with KGB ties. Although, he has been framed as an international terrorist, Newman is called out of hiding to help the US military find three soviet-era nuclear weapons that may have fallen into the hands of Saddam Hussein.
When his wife is kidnapped in Israel, along with an Israeli woman, Newman teams up with the Israeli military to find them and the nuclear weapons. The events that follow bring the middle-east to the brink of nuclear war, as Israel considers a proactive nuclear strike as its necessary action of defense.
Like Mission Compromised, this book is a gripping story of international intrigue, conflict, violence, betrayal and faith. It is an entertaining and intelligently written page-turner that the reader is sure to appreciate.
As President Reagan's coordinator of US counter-terrorism efforts in the mid-1980's, North was involved in highly-classified covert operations, including the 1985 interception of the Achille Laura cruise ship hijackers and the bombing of Libyan terrorists' bases.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Newt Gingrich THE on January 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting and useful novel about weapons of mass destruction, an international arms market in illegal weapons, the potential for rogue regimes to acquire extraordinarily dangerous weapons and the absolute requirement for both covert operations and preemptive actions.
As an Army brat I think North is a little too Marine centric but then, as a Marine, he has to be.
Additionally, North's understanding of the slow, ponderous and clumsy nature of Washington bureaucratic politics, the requirement for allies both overt and covert and the need for leaders to follow their instincts is all too accurate. (In a sense that is what a lifetime of leadership training and experience is all about--creating leaders who can determine which hunches they have to follow and which they should avoid.)

America can project a lot of power because countries like Turkey, Britain, Israel and individual people in many of other countries are willing to work with us. The morning this is not true, we will be a dramatically weaker and more vulnerable nation.

As you read in the daily papers about the level of surprise in the 17 years that Iranians have been lying about their nuclear program or the revelation that Libya was much closer to building a nuclear bomb than experts had projected, you will find the Jericho Sanction reads a little more like daily events and a little less like fiction
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GYB on November 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed the book -- I didn't want to get interrupted once I started reading it. Ollie North realistically depicts the characters -- be it a US marine, an Israeli counter-terrorism expert, or a former KGB general, as well as the politician of the time of the book (though none referred by name) -- the Prime Minister of Israel, the Secretary of State, or the President caught in the midst of a sex scandal. It is also nice to read the book where the character is a US marine written by a Hero US Marine, a decorated war veteran, who can relate on the personal level what exactly is going through the mind of the main character. I also found the book very informative in many ways, both from Colonel North's explanations throughout the text and by the glossary of terms and abbreviations used throughout the book, provided in the beginning of the book (e.g., names of Israeli units such as Sayeret Duvdevan etc.). Enjoy this fantastic read!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Excellent thriller based on more history and fact than fiction, a la Clancy. Well researched (experienced) book is a "page turner."
North just gets better with each book. No "dead spots." You'll get your money's worth. Very entertaining.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason VINE VOICE on January 2, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book because I just happened to go into a place where there was an Oliver North book signing. Large men with suits and ear-pieces lined the rows, trying to be inconspicuous, trying to look like shoppers. It's only pertinent because North's life could still possibly be in danger, from foreign and domestic threats.

It is because of this that Jericho Sanction is such a great book. North obviously has written from experience, utilizing his vast knowledge of Washington bureaucratic politics, the Middle East, tensions with Israel, WMDs, and the military to craft a story that is intriguing, fast-paced, and exciting.

Peter Newman, a Marine lieutenant colonel is the protagonist who is on the hunt for three missing nuclear weapons that have fallen into the hands of terrorists. What's more important to Newman, but not the world, is that his wife has been kidnapped.

Twist and turns develop into surprises, heated action, and the involvement of several smaller subplots that keep the book as entertaining as a big-budget Hollywood military blockbuster.

The strength of the novel is in the descriptions; vivid and clear, North obviously knows the details that are important and entertaining. He knows the field of which he writes - it's been his occupation for quite some time.

Throughout the book you'll wonder how much is fiction, and how much is simply North changing the name of an operation, enemy, or ally from the battles, risks, and top secret information that he has known for half his life.
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