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A master Palestinian terrorist seeking retribution against Israel hooks up first with Saddam and then, after Saddam's capture, with Osama; through the latter, he acquires a nuclear bomb from Pakistan, ships it to New York and, with a crew babysitting it, threatens to detonate the bomb unless Israel withdraws to the pre-1967 borders—within five days. The rest of this novel from the late Collins (The Road to Armageddon), who died this past June, and collaborator Lapierre, is basically a procedural: what does the U.S. government do, and how does it do it, as the hours tick by. All of the characterizations are cardboard, but they're convincing enough to sustain the book: there are fictionalizations of everyone from Saddam and bin Laden to Bush, Ariel Sharon, Pervez Musharraf and New York mayor Mike Bloomberg. There's a particularly touching interaction between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the rogue Pakistani nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan. The FBI and police work is reasonably realized. Early chapters patiently and sympathetically render the logic of and reasoning behind the Islamist nuclear threat, but the real twist comes on day four, when the U.S. government begins mobilizing for possible military action against Israel to force a withdrawal from the West Bank. The publisher claims 350,000 hardcover copies already in print in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French and Polish; one imagines it has little to do with the quality of the writing. (Nov.)
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About the Author

<DIV>Larry Collins has been a captain of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's central USAR Company since 1990. He has been involved in rescue operations worldwide, including the Pentagon collapse during the September 11, 2001 attacks, and the Alfred P. Murrah Building bombing in Oklahoma City, as well as numerous natural disasters such as the Northridge (CA) earthquake. Collins has been awarded multiple medals of valor for distinguished service.</DIV>

<DIV>Lapierre donates half his royalties to support humanitarian causes in India.</DIV>
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books; First Edition edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597775207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597775205
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,385,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard Ellis on March 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Lapierre and Collins have plagiarized their own work. In 1980, they published a novel called "The Fifth Horseman," which was exactly the same as this one except that it's been updated, and where the villian in the first version was Khaddafi, it's now Osama Bin Laden. Same atomnic weapon smuggled into New York, same NY detective solves the case. How shameful to repackage the same dumb plot by changing a few names. The name of the publisher gives it all away: Phoenix House.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Typical on December 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I agree with "The Reader"'s review. I can't believe the authors really wrote this book. I wanted to give up a few pages into the reading but since I had spent my money (unwisely) on buying one instead of (wisely) renting it, I plowed through to the end. The dialogues are laughably artificial, the plot is moronic, and the cliches make the reading pure torture. Please avoid this book like the plague. Spend your time and money elsewhere. I wish I could give this a negative 5 stars but 1 is the lowest I am allowed to go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wheretic on February 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
...and that too 'cos the tots can maybe learn a few famous names across the globe while reading this tripe.But even they won't be taken in by the flimsy plot and the almost comical unravelling.From the onset of the nuclear 'threat' the denouement becomes irritatingly obvious and the only feel-good factor about this book is that every reader will definitely come out thinking that he can do an infinitely better job than the authors....go read 3 little pigs,anyday more creative and more intense.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BMT on October 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I was really looking forward to this book since I have always been a fan of their previous collaborations particularly the novel THE FIFTH HORSEMAN.

Lo and behold! this is a lowbudget update remake of that book right down to the scene where the mayor of New York tells the President that he will not stay in Washington while his city is in jeopardy.

The addition of real names to fictional characters does not a new book make.

Read THE FIFTH HORSEMAN - they did it better the first time around.
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This is the reason I chose to read "Is New York Burning?" I had read "Is Paris Burning," "Freedom at Midnight," "City of Joy," and one or two others ("O Jerusalem"), and this one wasn't quite up to the others (maybe because it's fiction).
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By Kennerly on December 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
NO ONE HAS DONE IT BETTER IN THE TAN THEASE TWO WRITERS WHEN THEY WORK IN TANDEM.NOW THAT LARRY COLLINS HAS DIED THIS IS THIER LAST GEM ....NOT THIER BEST WORK BUT STILL FAR BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE WHO HAS WRITTEN ON THE SUBJECT. I AM HEART SICK THAT I WILL NEVER HAVE THE PLEASURE OF READING ANOTHER NEW NOEL BY THEASE MASTERS.
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