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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: Peter Francis James Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781427206107
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Peter Francis James takes command of the material, offering up realistic African dialects that chillingly convey the hostage's terror and the ruthlessness of his captors. James's vocal ability creates a stirring experience that is at once personal and emotional while entertaining and theatrical, making for a truly rousing performance. Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

  • Peter Francis James's powerful characterization of the oppressed Luandian population – rich in oil reserves but experiencing ecological disasters – is especially believable…Patterson fans are in for a treat with James's powerful performance, and the nightmare atmosphere the duo creates will live long in listeners' memories AudioFile Magazine
  • Wonderfully performed by Peter Francis James with perfectly rendered accents galore… [ECLIPSE is] a wild ride through vile human behavior, abject greed and disdain for justice that carries a profound message from the heart of darkness. BookPage
  • ...the palpable horror and tension, enhanced brilliantly by the superb fully-voiced, perfectly-paced narration of Peter Francis James, is what drives the book and will hold its readers in rapt attention. SoundCommentary.com

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Talani | 2/20/2014

    " Wow! I totally forgot how much I like this one. The place was one I had never read about and the oil industry is something I have never wanted to know about. Now I feel guilty all over again about driving to pick up Nora from school instead of walking! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/18/2014

    " Well written-topic just wasn't that interesting to me. I would like to read this author again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 2/16/2014

    " Very good. Well written and great read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tammy Adams | 2/3/2014

    " I tried and could never get interested in this book. I finally just gave up : ( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Dubal | 1/27/2014

    " What a great story - a slow start but makes for compelling reading and a really sad indictment on the oil industry - it is a beautifully written account of greed, corruption and environmental damage done by oil. His fictional West African country of Luandia was so vividly drawn I found myself back in Nigeria watching my back! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judi | 1/22/2014

    " An excellent story based on events in Nigeria. It is very sobering to listen to tales of greed and corruption in Africa. One is reminded of how our insatiable thirst for oil fuels this kind of political oppression. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nurture Waratah | 1/20/2014

    " The first part of this novel was riveting, but after that I simply lost interest. However, I don't think the fault lies with the book which is well-written and suspenseful and deals with important issues. I guess I just wasn't in the mood for this style of heavy-handed activism. A different reader will probably enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy Grinberg | 1/16/2014

    " Great book, really draws you in and also very educative. It reveals realities of so my places in the world, and awareness is its main contribution. I absolutely recommend this book as a must read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy | 1/15/2014

    " I usually love this author but the storyline was not my "cup of tea". It takes place in Africa in a fictional country of Luandia and one of the main characters is Mandela-like and Okara is inprisoned while an old American friend of his American wife defends him. Too much minutia for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 1/4/2014

    " Lost interest in the characters about 100 pages in so read the last chapter-wasn't disappointed with my decision. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 12/28/2013

    " An interesting premise, but I thought the author was more interested in making a political statement than telling a solid story. There were several areas where the book came off as "preachy" without really advancing the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 12/18/2013

    " Patterson has written a stunning story about the disaster that parts of Africa have become. His riveting description of the poverty, corruption, and violence produces an end-of-the-world condition that is virtually unfixable. The story is based upon what has happened in Nigeria. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danda | 12/13/2013

    " I tried so hard to get into this book... I went to page 100-something and couldn't take it anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrmanhardt | 11/29/2013

    " Very politically driven, not sure on the factual correctness of the issues in the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bernadette | 3/22/2013

    " I learned a great deal about the complexity of American oil profiteers in Africa and the negative effects on local African communities and their politics/governments. The story just barely kept me going thru all the politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Hardy | 3/22/2013

    " African dictator -- a stark novel about power... keeps you reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mbrief | 11/8/2012

    " The book went into quite a lot of detail about oil and world politics, but I enjoyed learning about it. This book wasn't as suspenseful as some of his other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 10/7/2012

    " Richard North Patterson is a writer with a great sense of timing - this novel's contemporary issues should provoke heated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helen | 8/17/2012

    " Too much like his earlier EXILE. I quit half-way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 7/11/2012

    " Story is patterned after events in Nigeria about 15 years ago. Learned a lot about Afrcia and how US corporations operate on foreign soil. The book was a real eye opener for me.It is fiction, but there is much to learn from the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lynn | 6/26/2012

    " Despite a similar underlying theme recognized from Exile, this was a great read. Africa, oil, corruption and an attempt to stop the horrible conditions being tolerated because of the profits from oil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skip | 6/8/2012

    " Like his last book (Exile), Eclipse centers around a hopeless love story. This book is loosely based on Nigeria, where a ruthless kleptocratic dictator slaughters a village and prosecutes a pacifist, while living off well off oil royalties and worldwide needs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sobendorf | 2/18/2012

    " Richard North Patterson always has a cause. This one happens to be about oil, Africa and abuse. It's interesting and informative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/6/2012

    " I really enjoyed this one. It was around the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa of Nigeria and is a thought provoking read. it tells of the injustice brought upon the poor in a fictional African country while the government and oil companies get rich off the oil reserves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bookmarks Magazine | 1/16/2012

    " Richard North Patterson is an anomaly in the whiz-bang world of political thrillers. A meticulous stylist with a keen understanding of human nature "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 12/13/2011

    " I found this disturbing story of tyranny and the fight for freedom in an African nation absorbing and disturbing. The images and the fear stayed with me long after I closed the book, despite some contrived sections. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jglhome | 8/30/2011

    " Good good read. Good characters, good courtroom scenes, good political intrigue. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayeb | 8/17/2011

    " Another book I didn't finish. NOw this is one I might come back to and read and enjoy more another time, but it is not hitting the mark for me now along with several others that are also unfinished and uninspiring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann Downie | 6/26/2011

    " It was an interesting intrigue novel, but not the best I've read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 4/26/2011

    " A heavy story that keeps you thinking well after you are done reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee | 4/8/2011

    " Probably more of a 2.5. Too many characters, too confusing at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/7/2011

    " Well written-topic just wasn't that interesting to me. I would like to read this author again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Talani | 1/4/2011

    " Wow! I totally forgot how much I like this one. The place was one I had never read about and the oil industry is something I have never wanted to know about. Now I feel guilty all over again about driving to pick up Nora from school instead of walking! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bsass78 | 12/5/2010

    " Picked up speed and finished fairly strong~ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 10/18/2010

    " I really enjoyed this one. It was around the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa of Nigeria and is a thought provoking read. it tells of the injustice brought upon the poor in a fictional African country while the government and oil companies get rich off the oil reserves. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sherrill | 9/29/2010

    " I couldn't do it. It started out to be something I don't usually care for and after a while I just had to put it down. It is full of a lot of the horrors of the struggles people face in Africa with their civil wars. Maybe a man would like it but not a little old school teacher lady. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tammy | 9/12/2010

    " I tried and could never get interested in this book. I finally just gave up : ( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 8/27/2010

    " Set in West Africa it was a little harder to follow just because of names. But worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renata | 8/25/2010

    " The entire time I was reading this book, I felt haunted that what I was reading was all too real. After I finished the book Patterson does reveal .. that yes .. the reality of one man can be turned into fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 8/22/2010

    " Another good read from Patterson. He really brings you into the struggles of his characters so that you can't help but feel you are going through what they do...and to know that this is something that has happened- how sad for a society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 8/8/2010

    " It was an interesting intrigue novel, but not the best I've read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 8/4/2010

    " Very good. Well written and great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bernadette | 7/27/2010

    " I learned a great deal about the complexity of American oil profiteers in Africa and the negative effects on local African communities and their politics/governments. The story just barely kept me going thru all the politics. "

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About the Author
Author Richard North Patterson

Richard North Patterson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil’s Light, In the Name of Honor, The Spire, and a number of other bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC’s liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups. Patterson has appeared on such programs as the Today show, Good Morning America, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Buchanan and Press

About the Narrator

Peter Francis James is an accomplished actor on both the stage and the screen. His theater credits include roles in On Golden Pond, Much Ado about Nothing, and August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean. His many film and television credits include Jahfree Neema in Oz, Raymond Parks in The Rosa Parks Story, Joe Gould’s Secret, The Guiding Light, Law & Order: SVU, and Third Watch. James’ audiobook narration has won him nine AudioFile Earphones Awards.