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Pinnacle event, Richard A. Clarke

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Pinnacle event
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Pinnacle event
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Richard A. Clarke
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eng
Summary
"Against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential election, five simultaneous murders on three continents leads a cyber sleuth to a thread revealing someone has just bought five nuclear weapons. But who and what is their target? American intelligence expert Ray Bowman is brought in to find out. With the help of a Mossad agent and a female South African intelligence officer, he races around the world to stop nuclear terror. Washington fears the bombs are intended for American cities, timed to explode before the election that is just weeks away. What Bowman discovers is that the people who control the bombs intend to do something so devastating that it will make nuking a few U.S. cities look like a mild attack. Richard A. Clarke's Pinnacle Event is a gripping international thriller written from the rare vantage point of a true Washington insider"--
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  • Clarke continues the adventures of American intelligence expert Ray Bowman, who wants nothing more than to be left alone. Five murders across the globe at the same time seem to be a coincidence until a connection is made to nuclear bombs that were supposed to be decommissioned decades earlier. The 2016 presidential election is less than two weeks away, and the incumbent wants Bowman’s help to stop the threat before it jeopardizes America and his reelection. Bowman has no idea what he’s jumped into here, except that a Pinnacle Event (Department of Defense lingo for a nuclear detonation) is in the offing. The story line moves in surprising ways, and the shocking conclusion hints at another book. That would be a welcome event, as Clarke continues to do what so many Washington insiders who attempt to write fiction fail to do: combine real-life intelligence details with a story that offers both narrative drive and full-bodied characters. This one will please political geeks and action fans. -- Ayers, Jeff (Reviewed 04-15-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 16, p29)
  • Bestseller Clarke (Sting of the Drone) takes on stolen nuclear warheads, that genre favorite, in this exciting action thriller. A Pinnacle Event is the Defense Department’s term for a nuclear detonation, and the novel opens with a report that one has occurred in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Meanwhile, Douglas “Dugout” Carter, a geeky government analyst, is in his office at the Policy Evaluation Group in Washington, D.C., running a giant intelligence computer when he notices that five men around the world, all from South Africa, recently each received deposits of $500 million dollars and then died in bizarre ways. This leads Dugout to a group known as the Trustees and their plan to use five stolen nukes to change the global power structure. It’s a common thriller setup, but Clarke, as always, puts an original spin on each familiar element. The author’s note at the end gives the fascinating nonfiction details that fuel his story. Agent: Andrew Wylie, Wylie Agency. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 2, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 09, p)
  • A pinnacle event is the Pentagon term for an atmospheric nuclear detonation. Clarke's (The Sting of the Drone) fourth novel starts with such an explosion, followed by five assassinations, all over the world, at virtually the same time. Ray Bowman, an American intelligence officer, is brought in to investigate and discovers that the first nuclear incident was just a test: four more bombs are out there, waiting to be deployed. Aided by agents from Israel and South Africa, Ray dashes around the globe trying to avert catastrophe. In the process, he discovers that the bad guys have much bigger plans than taking out a few cities: they want to reshape the world. VERDICT Clarke knows the national security business, but this predictable thriller never really leaves the ground.— DK --David Keymer (Reviewed June 15, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 11, p78)
  • A fast-moving international thriller by the counterterrorism expert and author of Sting of the Drone (2014). In a remote region of the Indian Ocean, a "Pinnacle Event" occurs—a nuclear explosion. Then, in five different countries, five men suffer violent deaths after having received a half billion dollars each. Virgin Islands bartender and former U.S. intelligence expert Ray Bowman is called out of retirement, and he learns that someone has sold five nuclear weapons—but to whom? And why? To find answers, he teams up with Mbali Hlanganani, a South African woman who is the director of Special Security Services. The men killed were all "Trustees," remnants of the white South African defense establishment, and Bowman thinks they might have sold the bombs. Bullets start flying around Bowman as more people die. But the bigger problem is the missing nukes South Africa was supposed to have destroyed. In the U.S., a presidential election is fast approaching. Maybe there's a plot to blow up an American city and throw the election into complete chaos. Or maybe the target is Israel. The bombs may be enhanced with "tritium boosters" to make them far more powerful, "enough tritium to blow Israel to the moon." The story's settings change rapidly around the world as Bowman and Hlanganani feverishly try to stop a threat when they don't even know the target. Bowman doubts the bad guys are "a bunch of Luddites who wanted to throw the world into reverse," but then what is their plan? A series of strange real estate purchases further complicates the mystery. A complex and well-executed plot that speculates on what happened to the nuclear weapons South Africa said it destroyed: readers won't easily see where this one's headed. Thriller lovers no longer need the USSR and the Cold War for a scary-good story—just lose track of a few A-bombs for an exciting and all-too-plausible novel.(Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2015)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10414693
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1951-
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Clarke, Richard A.
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3603.L377
Literary form
fiction
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  • Murder
  • Nuclear chemistry
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adult
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Pinnacle event, Richard A. Clarke
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"A novel"--Cover
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volume
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
293 pages
Isbn
9781250047984
Lccn
2015006028
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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Pinnacle event, Richard A. Clarke
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A novel"--Cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
293 pages
Isbn
9781250047984
Lccn
2015006028
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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