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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (899 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard North Patterson Narrator: Francis James Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The spellbinding story of an American lawyer who takes on a nearly impossible case - the defense of an African freedom fighter against his corrupt government's charge of murder. Damon Pierce's life has just reached a defining moment: a gifted California lawyer, he's being divorced by his wife and his work often seems soulless. Then he receives a frantic e-mail from Marissa Brand Okari - a woman he loved years ago - and decides to risk everything to respond to her plea for help.

Marissa's husband, Bobby Okari, is the charismatic leader of a freedom movement in the volatile west African nation of Luandia, which is being torn apart by the world's craving for its vast supply of oil. Bobby's outspoken opposition to the exploitation of his homeland by PetroGlobal - a giant American oil company with close ties to Luandia's brutal government - has enraged General Savior Karama, the country's autocratic ruler.

After Bobby leads a protest rally during a full eclipse of the sun, everyone in his home village is massacred by government troops. And now Bobby has been arrested and charged with the murder of three PetroGlobal workers. Still drawn to Marissa, Pierce agrees to defend Bobby, hoping to save both Bobby and Marissa from almost certain death. But the lethal politics of Luandia may cost Pierce his life instead.

Culminating in a dramatic show trial and a desperate race against time, Eclipse combines a thrilling narrative with a vivid look at the human cost of the global lust for oil. Here is Richard North Patterson at his compelling best, confirming his place as our most provocative author of popular fiction. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bookman8 | 2/19/2014

    " Intrigue and political overthrow in an African nation, based on a true story. Not bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Harley | 2/16/2014

    " Although fiction, it has enough fact or "truth" in it to be an eye-opener in regards to how our dependence on oil affects our global policies towards bad leaders. It's also shocking to think that there are still places in the modern world where leaders can get by with the most despicable actions without any consequences. It's a great read IF you want to have your conception of "all is well around the world" smashed to pieces. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Polly | 2/6/2014

    " Perhaps this novel would have been better cast as non-fiction. Based on a Nigerian dissident, it paints the government figures as incomprehensibly evil. There's little nuance, little subtlety. It was a horrifying story, almost Kafka-esque, but because it was fiction, I wasn't sure I'd learned a lot about Nigeria. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lucia | 2/5/2014

    " Based on civil situations in Nigeria, Richard North Patterson discusses the great injustices brought on by greed, corruption and big international oil companies. He does not shy away from the violence, but the violence is not gratuitous. . . . Makes one consider the possibilities of the mule and cart all over again. "

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