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3.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 5 3.10 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard North Patterson Narrator: Peter Francis James Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781427206121
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isis | 2/3/2014

    " More than the usual legal thriller; this one is loosely based on recent Nigerian history, and - okay, it's a little heavy on the AUTHOR'S MESSAGE!! (multinational corporations which are complicit with the rulers of African kleptocracies in exploiting natural resources at the expense of the land an the people are EVIL) but, you know, I agree. The early part is a little boring, but when Pierce travels to Africa, it starts getting good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bsass78 | 1/23/2014

    " Picked up speed and finished fairly strong~ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrmanhardt | 1/22/2014

    " 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 Tina | 1/22/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 1/20/2014

    " Powerful, gripping, and disturbing... very, very disturbing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sherrill | 1/15/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 1/5/2014

    " This was my first book by Patterson - it was okay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/5/2014

    " Not my type of book, but it was okay. Had a hard time following it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayeb | 11/28/2013

    " 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 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 11/27/2013

    " Another book that came recommended by someone and I have no emotional connection with the characters. Three chapters in-I called it quits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Walt Trizna | 10/31/2013

    " This book was an interesting look at the politics and economy of Africa "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geo Forman | 10/14/2013

    " what a good book! For anyone who is intrigued by the Middle East, Israeli/Palestinian relations and a good lawyer mystery, this is a wonderful read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 7/15/2013

    " 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 Bob | 2/23/2013

    " This is a cross between a courtroom drama and an international political thriller. It draws attention to the to the industrial world's thirst for oil and what people will do to get it. It really drew me in at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bookmarks Magazine | 1/14/2013

    " 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 Kristin | 12/22/2012

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mellissa | 12/8/2012

    " Couldn't get through the first 20 pages. Remind me never to buy another one of his books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 7/4/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 3/26/2012

    " Interesting book on Africa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 7/26/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 5/15/2011

    " I almost gave this book three stars because it wasn't exactly one of those "can't put it down" books, but Patterson has such a brilliant way with words and dialog that by the end I appreciated his writing enough to give it the extra star. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 5/15/2011

    " I had trouble getting through this one. It had potential, based on events in Nigeria, African dictators, oil $$ but it just didn't keep my interest. "

  • 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.