Eclipse

Eclipse

Book - 2009
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The spellbinding story of an American lawyer who takes on a nearly impossible case-the defense of an African freedom fighter against his corrupt government's charge of murder Damon Pierce's life has just reached a defining moment: a gifted California lawyer, he's being divorced by his wife and his work often seems soulless. Then he receives a frantic e-mail from Marissa Brand Okari-a woman he loved years ago-and decides to risk everything to respond to her plea for help.Marissa's husband, Bobby Okari, is the charismatic leader of a freedom movement in the volatile west African nation of Luandia, which is being torn apart by the world's craving for its vast supply of oil. Bobby's outspoken opposition to the exploitation of his homeland by PetroGlobal-a giant American oil company with close ties to Luandia's brutal government-has enraged General Savior Karama, the country's autocratic ruler. After Bobby leads a protestrally during a full eclipse of the sun, everyone in his home village is massacred by government troops. And now Bobby has been arrested and charged with the murder of three PetroGlobal workers. Still drawn to Marissa, Pierce agrees to defend Bobby, hoping to save both Bobby and Marissa from almost certain death.  But the lethal politics of Luandia may cost Pierce his life instead.Culminating in a dramatic show trial and a desperate race against time, Eclipse combines a thrilling narrative with a vivid look at the human cost of the global lust for oil. Here is Richard North Patterson at his compelling best, confirming his place as our most provocative author of popular fiction.
Publisher: New York : St Martin's Paperbacks, c2009.
ISBN: 9780805087727
0805087729
9780312946388
Characteristics: 552 p. ;,19 cm.

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mysteryjoan
Jan 05, 2016

i agree with previous comment..took me days to get thru 60 pages but then the plot thickened and it ended up being a good read.

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millefleurs
Jan 22, 2012

I admire Richard North Patterson's work, but I just could not get into this book 'Eclipse'. It is too preachy, bangs on about the oil industry's violations, the political corruption, and environmental devastation ad nauseum... After 60 pages I was so bored I had to put it down. I don't mind a book which has an important issue to expose, but I do need a bit more in the way of a story line, and a bit more action to get me interested and keep me reading to the end.

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