- Series: Assassin Trilogy (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books (October 31, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 141650768X
- ISBN-13: 978-1416507680
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prayers for the Assassin: A Novel (Assassin Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – October 31, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Taking post-9/11 conspiracy theories that blamed the attacks on Zionist agents as the seed for this unusual thriller, Ferrigno (The Wake-Up) posits a nuclear terrorist onslaught in 2015 on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Mecca that has all the earmarks of a Mossad operation. The blue states are moved by these horrors to convert to Islam, while the red states break away from the Islamic Republic, forming a Christian republic in the South. By 2040, three major parties struggle for control in the Islamic Republic: the moderate State Security forces, under Redbeard; the Black Robes, a fundamentalist religious police force; and the top-secret Assassins, under the Old One. When Sarah Dougan, Redbeard's niece and a respected historian, reinvestigates the 2015 attack for a new book, The Zionist Betrayal?, the Old One sics his deadliest assassin on her. Running from Seattle to Vegas, Sarah has a protector in her lover, an ex-fedayeen soldier named Rakkim Epps, whose agnostic POV anchors the novel. Fans of instapundit politics will love this thriller, which has the cinematic motion and atrocity F/X of a good airport read. However, Ferrigno's gimmick—the transformation of America into a cartoon version of Islam—lends the proceedings a damaging air of implausibility. (Feb.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Prayers marks a departure for Ferrigno, whose previous books focused on life in contemporary Southern California. In Ferrigno's neo-Orwellian world, Mount Rushmore has disappeared, LAX has become Bin Laden International, and midday prayers interrupt the Super Bowl. Critics expressed different ideas about the plot, using words such as "preposterous," "credible," and even "ordinary" to describe it. There's no doubt, however, that Ferrigno raises important questions about religious freedom while handling the subject of Islamic faith with great insight and evenhandedness. If the plot sometimes overwhelms character development, he still allows his creations to air their own opinions without moralizing. In sum: a fast-paced thriller with timely appeal.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
As for the book it is an interesting alter reality where radical Muslims take over parts of the US. It is a fun read and has good action. Fix the errors and I would probably buy the rest of the books in the series.
There is minimal character development. I don't think there is even one character I really cared about.
As someone who has lived in both Seattle and the deep south, I am annoyed by the cardboard stereotypes of southerners. The author lives in Seattle - maybe he OD'd on too much rain, fresh salmon and coffee. He needs to get out more.
It is well written, thought provoking, and prescient. What more could you ask of a book(s).
Take the most fantastic conceit of Ferrigno's dystopia, the one that some reviewers find unrealistic -- the idea that the "Blue" states of the USA could become Islamized. He is dead on with that. Liberalism is an empty, relativistic point of view. When its illusions are swept away, it can suck anything into itself. Ferrigno has some grim fun with that, especially with his super-Islamic San Francisco and his passing reference to "Dutch fundamentalists."
The ultimate evil is represented by a psychopath named Darwin. A perfect believer in the survival of the fittest, I guess. Darwin is even more chilling than the crazed Islamists, and here again I think Ferrigno has it right.
All this would be nothing without a taut, supenseful plot, interesting characters, and well-crafted writing. This book has all that. You should buy it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read the trilogy through three times.