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Author: Richard A. Clarke Narrator: Jonathan Davis, Jonathan Pruden Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781427261175
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With the 2016 presidential election just weeks away, five simultaneous murders on three continents lead to an investigation revealing the recent black-market sale of five nuclear weapons. But who bought them? And what is their intended target?

Washington fears the bombs are timed to explode in major American cities before the election. They call on intelligence expert Ray Bowman to prevent the attack. With the help of a Mossad agent and a female South African intelligence officer, he follows a trail across the world to track down the missing nukes. Along the way, he discovers that the people who now control the bombs intend to do something much more devastating than expected, something that it will make nuking a few cities look like a mild attack.

Drawing on his decades of experience at the highest levels of national security, Richard A. Clarke's Pinnacle Event-the Pentagon code for a nuclear threat-is a gripping international thriller told from the rare vantage point of a true Washington insider.

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  • “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.”


  • “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.”

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About the Author

Richard A. Clarke completed a thirty year career in national security, during which he held positions in the White House, the Pentagon, the Intelligence Community, and the State Department. He worked in the White House National Security Council for presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush for an unprecedented ten consecutive years, and he served on President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence. After leaving full-time government service, Clarke wrote six books, both fiction and nonfiction, taught for five years at Harvard’s Kennedy School, has been an on-air consultant for ABC News for a decade, created and manages a cyber security and venture capital related consulting firm, serves on corporate boards, and is chairman of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Davis has been inducted into the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame. A three-time recipient and fourteen-time nominee of the Audie Award, he has earned accolades for his narration from the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, the American Library Association, Booklist, the Audio Publishers Association, AudioFile magazine, and USA Today. He has narrated a variety of bestsellers and award-winners for top publishing houses. He also narrated over forty titles of the Star Wars franchise for Lucasfilm Ltd./PRH Audio, including several iconic movie tie-ins, has participated with Star Wars Celebration, and has built a significant fan base. His work as a narrator includes films and programming for National Geographic Television, NOVA, PBS, VH1, and Francis Ford Coppola. He grew up in Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Hebrew.