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Minute Zero (A Judd Ryker Novel) Hardcover – September 15, 2015
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—The Washington Post
“[An] outstanding debut . . . An intriguing cast of morally dubious characters, an intricately constructed plot, and a tantalizing cliffhanger make this thriller a page-turner of the highest order.” —Publishers Weekly
“Moss certainly has the politics and players down. Readers of political and military action novels will appreciate his ultracurrent scenarios and characters, and fans of W.E.B. Griffin and Tom Clancy should know there is a new storyteller on the map.”-- Library Journal
“I don’t feature many thrillers in my Top 10. However, when a book has blurbs from James Fallows and Chester Crocker, you know it’s not the same old, same old. Moss knows about ‘the golden hour’ firsthand. Washingtonians of many stripes will find their pulses racing as the diplomat protagonist tangles with intelligence operatives, revolutionaries, and many other villains.” --Washingtonian
“A former diplomat, Moss knows of what he writes. Ranging from Washington to London to the Sahara Desert, the book effortlessly ups the tension while piling on surprises. For those who want to know what it’s like to get caught up in a modern coup, this is a good place to turn. A strong debut about a good man in Africa who gets tested at every turn.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“Read this novel as a window into politics, power and practice at the U.S. Department of State and you’ll find yourself in the middle of troublesome scenes that ring all too true.” --Dallas Morning News
“An exciting, multilayered look at international politics and the people who rule nations.” --Mystery Scene
“Moss takes readers behind the scenes in a very realistic way. Negotiations and developing American policy in light of events, changing policy according to more current intelligence, cooperation and its opposite among various government agencies are all familiar but Moss tells it with authority and immediacy....THE GOLDEN HOUR is a riveting read.” --Deb Shoss, Reviewing The Evidence
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With current events and the presidential election debate, a book about election would be of interest even if the nation is Zimbabwe.
State Department crisis manager Judd Ryker is sent to Zimbabwe to attempt to quell a developing emergency. Ryker is to stop an emergency and provide a solution before the situation gets out of hand.
In the 1980s thousands of civilians in Zimbabwe died during an operation and no one was held accountable.
Now President Winston Tinotenda known as Tino is set to have another term as president in an election that he has rigged. He as a corrupt security adviser and gets money from illegal diamond mines and elsewhere.
Ryker brings in the CIA and some old friends to stop the bleeding and allow to elected president to assume her rightful office. How he does this and what he must overcome is the basis of the story.
I enjoyed the story and compared the situation to what is going on in certain countries today and it also gives the reader the idea that it might have been useful if Ryker had done his magic to prevent other countries from going to rebels or illegal dictators.
I loved the characters and the complicity they played in the plot, and to say the least, everyone is not what they seem to be on the surface, and then all is explained! Sometimes the power does not lie in the title that you have, but in the information you have and how you can use it! Build your own super powers! Loved it. Well written, nothing dragged and the story moved very smoothly. Whilst some violence was necessary as we are talking about the atrocities that has plagued that part of the world, it was not over the top to make a point. I love when there is some history behind the fiction, as I would not have known about many of what the people in that part of the world faces: beautiful, very enjoyable read, and I look forward to the next novel.
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Todd Moss continues to make the art of diplomacy thrilling through his recurring protagonist, Judd Ryker, and a new novel titled, Minute Zero. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Stephen T. Hopkins
I found it believable and descriptive of what has been happening there. I recognized the people even though their names were changed.Published 26 days ago by Myrna L. Mclaughlin
This book was awful. Very choppy and sophomoric. I will never again follow a Mark Leibowitz recommendation.Published 1 month ago by Peter Murphy
Minute Zero is about an election in Zimbabwe that goes terribly wrong. Story: State Department crisis expert Judd Ryker is dispatched to Zimbabwe to help manage a potentially... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Terry South
Author Todd Moss again places his real life knowledge on the line with this Thriller. Mix of Washing insiders fighting with political back stabbing that just might get real people... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr Adam Weiss
This was a good novel that takes readers through the labyrinth of diplomatic bureaucracy and intelligence in international matters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Craig Stephans
I gave Todd Moss's novel The Golden Hour five stars. I was very hopeful that this novel would reach the same level - it did not. Read morePublished 3 months ago by W. D. Barnum
Minute Zero is a well plotted, well paced, well written novel with an exciting and satisfactory finish. I didn’t enjoy a single page of it. The reason was the subject matter. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paul Cassel
I'm a big fan of the Judd Ryker series of books by Dr. Todd Moss. In Minute Zero, Dr. Moss writes a fast paced and complex story that delves into the history and politics of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amit C