Eclipse: A Thriller

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Written By: Richard North Patterson

Narrated By: Peter Francis James

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: January 2009

Duration: 12 hours 49 minutes


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 protest rally 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.


  • gregredi

    This book was a little slow moving and too long. I think the author was more intent on getting his views across than writing a succinct story.

  • tom

    While I kept on listening, the fate of the client is never in question, and there is no real suspense at the conclusion. The hero lawyer, while soaked in altruism, has no chance of winning the case in this kangaroo court. His talents are completely wasted; and we all know it from the get go. Probably the best thing this does is paint a picture of a west African oil exporting country; fully replete with Nigerian type corruption.

  • Anonymous

    Great Book, Patterson knows how to keep the suspense and action flowing.

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