The Better Angels: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 26, 2010 - Fiction - 352 pages
6 Reviews
Now back in print, the prophetic thriller from "the best writer of intelligence and political novels in the world" (The Boston Globe)

When Charles McCarry's The Better Angels was first published almost 30 years ago, its premise--that terrorists would use passenger-filled airliners as tools of terror--seemed incredible. In retrospect, the novel would prove to be prophetic.

The Better Angels takes place in an election year close to the turn of the century in a deeply polarized America. The presidential race matches a tall, lantern-jawed liberal to a far-right former businessman with deep ties to the energy industry. Meanwhile, Islamic terrorists led by an oil-rich Arab prince, desperate to acquire nuclear bombs to use against Israel or major American cities, disrupt the presidential campaign through a series of bloody suicide bombing. Finally the election itself is stolen, as one side hacks into computerized voting systems to change the tallies in key states.

From the writer the New York Times Book Review called "the genuine article," The Better Angels is a thrilling and relevant masterwork.


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Review: The Better Angels (Paul Christopher #04)

User Review  - Richard Toscan - Goodreads

Charles McCrarry is a fine writer. His masterpiece is the multi-book cycle tracing the history of the intelligence agent Paul Christopher's family from the rise of the Nazi Party through the 1970's ... Read full review

Review: The Better Angels (Paul Christopher #04)

User Review  - Georgia Roybal - Goodreads

Being a political junkie, I enjoyed reading this book. I am not crazy about anything set in the future, however. It was easy to read and enjoyable. Read full review



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About the author (2010)

Charles McCarry served under deep cover as a CIA operations officer in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels, as well as numerous works of non-fiction incuding Citizen Nader. He currently splits his time between Florida and the Berkshires.

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