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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (175 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Ferrigno Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538466735
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Time is running out for the two nations that once made up the former USA. Weakened by their division, both the Islamic republic and the Bible Belt are threatened by the expansionist dreams of the Atzlan Empire to the south, and their own intellectual decay engendered by their fundamentalist beliefs. The only solution is to reunite the two nations and regain its former glory, and there’s only one way to do it. And only one man, Rakkim Epps, who can. 

Time is also running out for the archenemy of the trilogy, the Old One. Over 150 years old, long used to the idea of near immortality, he is dying, and with him the idea of creating one world under his domination. His solution is to reunite the Islamic republic and the Bible Belt, a first step in his march to power. His plan involves his voluptuous and deadly daughter Baby… and none other than Rakkim himself.

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Quotes & Awards

  •  “Truly a remarkable achievement.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A lesser narrator than L.J. Ganser might not have brought this work of social analysis and speculation into focus at all…Ganser does it remarkably well. The story’s conclusion is eminently satisfying.”

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  • “Ferrigno wraps up his provocative trilogy in grand style.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian Barraza | 11/16/2013

    " Great finish to the series. I must admit, I was surprised by the outcome. I wasn't expecting it. Still, highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Kennedy | 3/17/2013

    " I read the previous 2 novels in the series. I enjoyed the way this wraps up the story and concludes the series. If you liked the previous 2 books in the series you will more than likely enjoy this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 - -¤--^] å§måå [^--¤- - | 2/8/2013

    " the best adult book i've read so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monty | 1/17/2013

    " I have really enjoyed this futuristic alternative history trilogy. What more can I say except that I was up late last night reading the last 150 pages because I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 10/10/2012

    " Just love Rikki and Sarah.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 8/30/2012

    " Pretty good science fiction thriller. The hero is a Muslim in a sort-of post apocalyptic USA. Didn't read the 1st 2 in the series - wish I had. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christen | 1/20/2012

    " I only finished this book because I had read the other two and was on an airplane with nothing else to read. Don't waste your time. Not quite bad enough for a 1 star, but I thought about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 7/13/2011

    " A fine ending to the trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 5/18/2011

    " Kind of a disappointing ending. I thought it was the weakest of the 3 books and that he rushed the end of this one just to tie up the loose ends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 4/5/2011

    " Kind of a disappointing ending. I thought it was the weakest of the 3 books and that he rushed the end of this one just to tie up the loose ends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/13/2011

    " Just love Rikki and Sarah.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 9/18/2010

    " Pretty good science fiction thriller. The hero is a Muslim in a sort-of post apocalyptic USA. Didn't read the 1st 2 in the series - wish I had. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christen | 4/7/2010

    " I only finished this book because I had read the other two and was on an airplane with nothing else to read. Don't waste your time. Not quite bad enough for a 1 star, but I thought about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 2/22/2010

    " I read the previous 2 novels in the series. I enjoyed the way this wraps up the story and concludes the series. If you liked the previous 2 books in the series you will more than likely enjoy this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monty | 12/23/2009

    " I have really enjoyed this futuristic alternative history trilogy. What more can I say except that I was up late last night reading the last 150 pages because I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 9/24/2009

    " A fine ending to the trilogy. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Ferrigno

Robert Ferrigno was born in South Florida, a tropical backwater rife with mosquitoes and flying cockroaches. After earning degrees in philosophy, filmmaking, and creative writing, he returned to his first love: poker. He spent the next five years gambling fulltime and living in an area populated by starving artists, alcoholics, thieves, and drug dealers, becoming friends with many people who would later populate his novels. He used some of his winnings to start a punk rock magazine called the Rocket, for which he interviewed The Clash, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, and other popular bands. The success of the Rocket earned him a job as a feature writer for a daily newspaper in Southern California, where he took the adventure-and-new-money beat. For the seven years he worked there, he flew jets with the Blue Angels, drove Ferraris, and went for desert survival training with gun nuts. He ultimately gave up his day job to become a novelist.

About the Narrator

L. J. Ganser is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has recorded over 450 titles recorded to date. Prized for versatility, he has narrated projects ranging from preschool picture books to crime noir thrillers, from astronomical adventures in both science and science fiction, to Arctic Circle high-school basketball stories.