Prayers for the Assassin


Author:  Robert Ferrigno

Title: Prayers for the Assassin

Genre: Science Fiction

Publication Date: 2006

Number of Pages: 397

Geographical Setting: The New America: Split into Islamic Republic of America and Christian Bible Belt

Time Period: 2040

Series (If applicable):
Assassin Trilogy, Book 1

Summary: The story is set in 2042 in what used to be the United States of America. After nuclear bombs destroyed Washington, D.C., New York City and left Mecca a radioactive wasteland, a civil war erupted which lead to the creation of two hostile nations-the Islamic Republic in the west and the Christian Bible Belt of the south. It is revealed that the attacks were done by Israeli agents. The new country was founding as a beacon of light and lead to majority of the population to convert to Islam. The Islamic Republic of America soon turned Catholics into second-class citizens with little civil liberties, ostracized Jews and Muslims are scared by a religious, fundamentalist group called the Blackrobes who are given free rein to cane immorally behaving citizens. The plot begins when elite shadow warrior Rakkim Epps is asked by the Head of Department of State Security, Redbeard, to find his runaway niece, Sarah. Sarah Dougan is a historian and author of a book which upset the country’s fundamentalist population. Sarah has her doubts in the truth behind the Zionist Betrayal and disappears to researcher her theory for her next book.  Sarah and her lover Rakkim are tracked by Darwin; a well-trained elite assassin across an unrecognizable U.S. Darwin is hired by the Old One, a fanatical Muslim billionaire who has played an important role in
the creation of the new republic.

Subject Headings: Islamic-Christian Relations, America Post 9/11, Conspiracy Theories, Islamic Fundamentalism, Post-Nuclear War, Terrorism, Civil War, Family Relationships, Men and Women Relations

Appeal: well-developed characters, thought-provoking, dangerous, gritty, compelling, fast-paced, suspenseful, well-researched, action-oriented,
multiple points of view, detailed setting, political

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: dangerous, action-oriented, detailed setting

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