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The Sleeper


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Christopher Dickey, Newsweek's award-winning Paris bureau chief and Middle East editor, reports regularly from Baghdad, Cairo, and Jerusalem, and writes the weekly "Shadowland" column -- an inside look at the world of spies and soldiers, guerrillas and suicide bombers -- for Newsweek Online. He is the author of Summer of Deliverance, Expats, With the Contras, and the novel Innocent Blood. He lives in Paris.


Innocent Blood introduced Kurt Kurtovic as a garden-variety American i.e., a half-Muslim son of Yugoslav refugees who became a Muslim terrorist after traveling to Bosnia and witnessing the genocide there in the early 1990s. Luckily, he grasped his mentor's more sinister motives before wreaking too much havoc. This sequel takes Kurtovic, ruthless yet honorable according to his own demanding logic, into the post-9/11 world. He still has a toxic cylinder that al Qaeda wants; he knows that to get it, its members will invade his happy home in Kansas, where he has been living with his wife and child, so he strikes first. Dickey, the Middle East editor and Paris bureau chief for Newsweek, writes with thoroughgoing accuracy, so Kurtovic's experiences as a detainee at the Guant namo facility ring with chilling conviction. There is enough brutal killing and stark terror here for even the most "bring 'em on" reader of spy fiction, but the slim hint of redemption provokes thoughtful reflection about world terrorism in the near future. For most popular collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/04.] Barbara Conaty, Falls Church City, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Kathy Reichs, author of Monday Mourning The Sleeper touches your deepest fears about the dangers in today's world. It's a novel about terrorism, but it's terrifying, too.
David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist and author of Agents of Innocence and A Firing Offense Here's a promise: The Sleeper will keep you up late at night. Chris Dickey takes readers inside an operation to destroy deadly Al-Qaeda terrorist operations. He claims it's all imaginary, but it feels as real as the morning newspaper. For thriller readers, this is solid gold.
Bruce Hoffman, author of Inside Terrorism and Senior Fellow, Combating Terrorism Center, U.S. Military Academy In The Sleeper, Dickey paints a compelling and gripping picture of terrorists prepared to unleash the ultimate horror in order to destroy America. The story he tells is not only engrossing but also accurately depicts the challenges and choices we face in fighting the real war on terrorism.
Baltimore Sun It was inevitable that the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, would produce, for better or worse, a literature, and equally inevitable that one of the genres would be the thriller. Fortunately for readers, Christopher Dickey has produced in The Sleeper one that is both sophisticated and compelling...Dickey, a Newsweek reporter and editor, has the background to draw a convincing picture of the network of international terrorism, colorful detail in the novel's locales, and the cross currents of rivalry among the intelligence agencies. He also has the heritage, as son of the poet James Dickey, to produce vivid language. This is a quick-moving novel, exciting and disturbing.
Gilles Kepel, author of Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam and The War for Muslim Minds Christopher Dickey's The Sleeper is a breathtaking thriller that takes you deep into the hearts and minds of those who fight on both sides of the 'War on Terror, ' a universe where many have lost all moral balance and would use any means to achieve their ends. It captures the psyche of the radical Islamists and of their hunters, based on the author's intimate knowledge. A tour de force -- and great reading from cover to cover!
Denver Post Plenty of action as Kurt uses all his military muscle and wiles in an attempt to thwart al-Qaeda.
Bookpage The Sleeper is a tense and persuasive thriller, timely as today's headlines, of a world in the throes of chaos and panic, and one man's efforts to restore some semblance of order.
The New York Times Christopher Dickey's first-rate thriller...Dickey, a Newsweek correspondent who has reported widely on terrorism, has the facts to make this novel chilling as well as engrossing.

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