The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour

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The national bestseller The Golden Hour - In international politics, the hundred hours following a coup, when there is still a chance that diplomacy, a secret back channel, military action - something - may reverse the chain of events. As the director of the new State Department Crisis Reaction Unit, Judd Ryker gets a chance to prove that his theory of the Golden Hour actually works, when there's a coup in Mali. But in the real world, those hours include things he's never even imagined. As Ryker races from Washington to Europe and across the Sahara Desert, he finds that personalities, loyalties - everything he thought he knew - begin to shift beneath his feet, and that friends and enemies come in many forms. Praise for The Golden Hour A remarkable thriller debut of twenty-first-century espionage, by a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State who 'knows where all the bodies are buried - literally' W. E. B. Griffin 'A novel that makes your heart race . . . a thriller that weaves diplomacy and national security together with espionage, terrorism and Washington infighting.' Washington Post 'Outstanding debut . . . An intriguing cast of morally dubious characters, an intricately constructed plot, and a tantalizing cliffhanger make this thriller a page-turner of the highest order.' Publishers Weekly (starred review) 'Moss certainly has the politics and players down in this West Africa - set thriller. Readers of political and military action novels will appreciate his ultracurrent scenarios and characters, and fans of W.E.B. Griffin and Tom Clancy should know there is a new storyteller on the map.' Kirkus Reviews 'A former diplomat for West Africa, Moss knows of what he writes . . . Ranging from Washington to London to the Sahara Desert, the book effortlessly ups the tension while piling on surprises.' Library Journal 'A superbly realistic, high-powered thriller about a bloody coup in Africa and the desperate efforts of the State Department, CIA, and U.S. military to counter it. The novel introduces the unforgettable character of Judd Ryker, an international crisis fixer. It's all here- spectacular and exotic settings, terror, violence, beauty, good and evil and everything in between. It is just about impossible to stop reading this book.' Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times -bestselling author
Publisher: New York : Jove Books, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2014.
ISBN: 9780425276143
Characteristics: xii, 356 pages :,map ;,19 cm.


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Dec 29, 2014

Love all, trust a few.

Dec 29, 2014

No one rules the desert. The desert rules you.

Dec 29, 2014

It's always the internal family squabbles that are the most bitter.


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Jul 17, 2018

Interesting premise here. It is that, following a coup d’état, the next hundred hours still provide “a chance to reverse the chain of events.” The novel is really a political thriller. It shifts back and forth in time. I feel that it could have been written differently, following a forward-moving time line throughout.

Dec 13, 2015

Good book. The ending chapter has an interesting twist as well. I did think there were some irrelevant parts in the story, but it worked out ok in the end. Good enough for me to want to read Todd Moss's second book.

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