Thursday, October 29, 2015
In DUPLICITY, the newest thriller from former Speaker of the House and bestselling author Newt Gingrich, such an invisible hand overseeing havoc worldwide plays a major role. Gingrich has teamed with former Washington Post reporter and bestselling author Pete Earley to create a highly plausible mix of domestic and global action in this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller.
And of course, it's set during an American presidential election.
When President Sally Allworth decides to reestablish America's Mogadishu embassy in Somalia weeks before Election Day, her challenger says she is playing politics with American lives. That turns out to be true when the embassy is attacked and hostages are taken. Embassy station chief Gunter Conner and Marine captain Brooke Grant end up the unlikely survivors of this Benghazi-style attack. Suddenly, they are the only hope for saving their captured colleagues.
The firestorm of drama is compelling, set off by the intersection of Washington power and politics, a fragile third-world Islamic country, and Somali Americans here at home.
Only Newt Gingrich's unique in-depth knowledge of the political realities of friend and foe could weave such a spellbinding tale of events and personalities, one that could actually happen . . . if America's leaders aren't wary of a world full of DUPLICITY. - Center Street
Booking Pap Pap is on a roll this week -- two days in a row with a review! Today, he is joining us with a review of DUPLICITY, the new thriller by Newt Gingrich (yes that Newt Gingrich!) and Pete Earley. Here are his thoughts:
DUPLICITY by Newt Gingrich and Pete Earley brings together international intrigue, Washington politics and terrorism in one fast paced political thriller. The novel is set during the final weeks of an American presidential election campaign. President Sally Allworth decides to reopen the embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia to show her as tough on terrorism and give her an edge in the campaign.
A report by the CIA declaring Mogadishu safe for the embassy plans is written to support the president and the chair of the House Intelligence Committee remains silent despite some valid concerns about the project. Things soon turn chaotic when the embassy is attacked, several lives are lost and hostages are taken. In order to save her re-election, the president must now focus on saving the hostages.
One of the survivors of the embassy assault is Marine Captain Brooke Grant who was assigned to the embassy as military attaché. Captain Grant is a recent hero for stopping a terrorist bombing outside the U. S. Embassy in London. Coincidently, the bomber was a member of the Somalia based terrorist group Al-Shabaab, Grant now becomes the key to getting the hostages released.
Concurrent with this activity, a Somali, Rudy Adeogo, is running for Congress out of a district in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Adeogo was a dark horse candidate until the opposition candidates were implicated with corruption. With his new found fame and Somali ethnicity, he is caught up in the politics of the presidential election. He also carries a secret about his relationship with a high ranking Al-Shabaab terrorist.
DUPLICITY comes across as very real and reminds the reader of some past U.S. Embassy assaults, including one in Mogadishu. It is also interesting that the authors developed the main characters as a females, one as president and the other as an African-American Marine.
Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, brings a knowledge of inside Washington, D.C. that adds an air of plausibility to the novel. DUPLICITY shines a light on the brutal world of terrorism as well as the politics and power that runs Washington D.C. today.
DUPLICITY is a realistic fast paced novel that will be of interest to those who enjoy a good political thriller. Authors Gingrich and Earley also plan a follow-up novel, TREASON, featuring Captain Brooke Grant and several other characters from this book.
Thanks to Booking Pap Pap for his review and thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy.
Pete Earley is a former Washington Post reporter and author of 13 books, including four New York Timesbestsellers. He was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.