Scribner recently offered me a promotional copy of a new novel they’re publishing called Prayers for the Assassin, by Robert Ferrigno. I certainly appreciated this, although I suspect if they included my wee little blog there’s essentially no one with a website they didn’t approach.
In any case, it just arrived. Here’s the back copy:
THE YEAR IS 2040. New York and Washington are nuclear wastelands. The nation is divided between an Islamic Republic across the north and the Christian Bible Belt in the old South. The shift was precipitated by simultaneous, suitcase-nuke detonations in New York City, Washington, and Mecca, a sneak attack blamed on Israel, and known as the Zionist Betrayal. Now alcohol is outlawed, replaced by Jihad Cola, and mosques dot the skyline. Veiled women hurry through the streets. Freedom is controlled by the state, paranoia rules, and rebels plot to regain free will…
In this tense society beautiful young historian Sarah Dougan uncovers shocking evidence that the Zionist Betrayal was actually a plot carried out by a radical Muslim now poised to overtake the entire nation. Sarah’s research threatens to expose him, and soon she and her lover, Rakkin Epps, an elite Muslim warrior, find themselves hunted by Darwin, a brilliant psychopathic killer. Rakkin must become Darwin’s assassinâ€”a most forbidding challenge. The bloody chase takes them from the outlaw territories of the Pacific Northwest to the anything-goes glitter of Las Vegasâ€”and culminates dramatically as Rakkim and Sarah battle to reveal the truth to the entire world.
I will read this quickly, and report back on what the publication of this work Means For America.