The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour

[a Novel]

Book - 2014
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"A novel that makes your heart race . . . a thriller that weaves diplomacy and national security together with espionage, terrorism and Washington infighting."-- Washington Post

An extraordinary thriller debut of twenty-first-century espionage, by a former deputy assistant secretary of state who "knows where all the bodies are buried--literally" (W. E. B. Griffin).
The Golden Hour: In international politics, the hundred hours following a coup, when there is still a chance that diplomacy, a secret back channel, military action -- something -- might reverse the chain of events.

As the top American diplomat for West Africa, Todd Moss saw a great deal about how diplomacy and politics actually work. But as he shows us, the results aren't always pretty.

When Judd Ryker is appointed director of the new State Department Crisis Reaction Unit, he figures he has a mandate to help the United States respond more quickly to foreign crises, but he hasn't reckoned with the intense State, Defense, Pentagon, White House, and CIA infighting and turf battles he would face. Then comes the coup in Mali. It is his chance to prove that his theory of the Golden Hour actually works -- but in the real world, those hours move very, very quickly indeed, and include things he'd never even imagined.

As Ryker races from Washington across Europe to the Sahara Desert, he finds that personalities, loyalties, everything he thought he knew, begin to shift and change beneath his feet -- and that friends and enemies come in many forms.
Publisher: New York :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780399168604
Branch Call Number: FICTION MOS


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Dec 29, 2014

Love all, trust a few.

Dec 29, 2014

No one rules the desert. The desert rules you.

Dec 29, 2014

It's always the internal family squabbles that are the most bitter.


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Dec 13, 2015

Good book. The ending chapter has an interesting twist as well. I did think there were some irrelevant parts in the story, but it worked out ok in the end. Good enough for me to want to read Todd Moss's second book.

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