Prayers for the Assassin

Prayers for the Assassin

A Novel

Large Print - 2006
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America, thirty-five years in the future,, a very different country from today's. It is now an Islamic Republic; calls to prayer echo across the cities and the Black Robes, the enforcers of public virtue, prowl the streets on the lookout for inappropriate dress or behaviour. The fear of terrorist attacks is pervasive. As the story opens, a beautiful young historian, Sarah, the niece of the head of state security, has disappeared. Her lover, Rakkim, a Fedayeen warrior, fears she is in danger. He is right. She has uncovered an explosive secret that threatens the very foundations of the New Order...
Publisher: W. F. Howes, 2006
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781846324420
Branch Call Number: LT FERR

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KCLSRecommends Mar 28, 2014

Imagine the United States has split into two, between a fundamentalist Muslim northern half (with Seattle as the capital!) and a 'Bible-belted' South. This schism occurs after nuclear bombs destroy New York City, Washington D.C. AND Jerusalem - but who exactly was behind those attacks? These are the central issues in this first book of a trilogy.
Ferrigno, who was once a rock music critic in Seattle (he co-founded the venerable music mag, "The Rocket"!) before moving to southern California to write eccentric noir mysteries set down there, has created a pretty intriguing premise, and his main characters are smartly drawn, starting with the main character: former elite Muslim warrior, Rakkim "Rikki" Epps.
Plus, the bad guys are full of charm (you'll love the chance to hate them!) and Ferrigno's depiction of a future dystopian Seattle is pretty cool, too!
And once this story is satisfyingly resolved, you can continue Epps's story in two equally thrilling sequels: “Sins of the Assassin” and “Heart of the Assassin.”

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charlie2911
Jun 06, 2012

VERY disappointing . - He starts off with a great concept - an America in the future has become a divided land again, over half being an Islamic Republic and a large part of the south being a Bible Republic. -Then instead of extrapolating into all the possible angles of these changes, he writes a commonplace kidnapping story ! - BORING.

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