Item description for The Jericho Sanction (International Intrigue Trilogy #2) by Oliver North & Joe Musser...
Overview From the author of Mission Compromised comes a heart-pounding sequel---with a plot straight out of today's headlines! When Lt. Col. Newman's wife is kidnapped, he must make an agonizing decision: Should he focus on rescuing her, or stick to his mission to prevent all-out nuclear war between Israel and Iraq?
sequel to Mission Compromised
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Studio: Broadman & Holman Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.5" Height: 1.8" Weight: 2.15 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2003
Publisher Broadman And Holman
ISBN 0805425519 ISBN13 9780805425512
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More About Oliver North & Joe Musser
Oliver Northis a combat-decorated Marine, the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor, and two Purple Hearts for wounds in action. From 1983-1986 he served as the U.S. government's counterterrorism coordinator on the National Security Council staff. President Ronald Reagan describe him as "an American hero." A New York Times best-selling author, syndicated columnist, and host of the award-winning War Stories documentary series on the FOX News Channel, North lives with his wife, Betsy, in Virginia. They have four children and eleven grandchildren.
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The Jerk Sanctified, and other fictions May 23, 2005
Ah, who better to spin fictions for the Far Right when reality doesn't quite accord with their world view? Good ol' Ollie North; he who has no qualms about trampling on the constitution when he deems it patriotic to do so yet is outraged by anybody else who would presume such irresponsiblity. Moral relativism anyone? But of course there's no relativism at all. There's just the Far Right, where perspective is reality and if the annoying truth gets in the way, you lie before congress, rant on the airwaves and write yourself a book that reinterprets events the way you want them.
And yet, here's the thing. The Jericho Sanction is good. It's a quality thriller in the Tom Clancy mold that keeps clipping along, dropping in moments of high suspense, buttressing its credibility by resorting to an alphabet soup of military acronyms and taking advantage of North's substantial knowledge about special ops and how they work. In a Democracy, we should recognize a job well done, even if we don't particularly care for the person who produced it, and so I will give Ollie his props. Without intending to be condescending, the man can write a military thriller, even if the content is basically wishful thinking meant to be spooned up as fact by the most whacked-out Conservatives.
Here's the fiction North wishes were true as posited by The Jericho Sanction: The Iraquis really did have nuclear weapons. It's just that they were too stupid to keep track of them and an immoral Russian swiped them away while using an American spy to keep our heroes from learning the truth. And who are our heroes? Need you ask? Why, God-fearing Protestant Americans of course who are constantly praying to the Lord for guidance because the nitwit Democratic administration in Washington (this is set during the Clinton years) can't tell when they are facing nuclear annihilation at the hands of some really, really bad people.
And who are the bad people? Need you ask? Well, besides Liberals, you have former KGB agents (remember, Ollie is a product of the Cold War), the United Nations, any Arabs who are not Christians, all Iraquis, and interestingly enough, the CIA and the FBI, who have been pinpointed as the fall guys so the Conservatives need not take any responsibility for their own recklessness. What we end up with is a situation Ollie knows all about. The good guys have to do an end run around the constitution and the chain of command to save the world from a harrowing threat.
The problem with this I-know-better-than-anyone-else brand of thinking is that it gives rise to a certain arrogance of power that can lead to, say, invading a country on flawed pretenses, damaging your credibility in the world community and dividing your own country into opposing camps. But that's no problem for Oliver North and his followers. You just pretend the nukes were really there, that Osama bin Laden and Sadaam Hussein really did enjoy a cozy relationship and that everything you've ever done was right, justified, and, yes - heroic. Above all, never admit you were just a mistaken jerk. Instead, sanctify yourself. This is taking responsibility with a capital R. Something Ollie demands of everyone but himself.
The Jericho Sanction is great fiction. It's just too bad so many people will wish it wasn't fiction.
4 1/2 Stars....Mr North Does It Again! Mar 31, 2005
I very much enjoyed the first book by Mr. North, Mission Compromised. This sequel proved just as enjoyable to me.
The authors take turns as surprises, suspense, and technical know-how bravado, intriguing the reader, and making them want to learn more and read more about military procedures. This novel makes a great addition for anyone who likes Clancy, Ludlum or Patterson.
I have a discussion about this book on my website forum at www.aints.net.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes well-written military thrillers. I am looking forward to the next edition in this series.
The Jericho Sanction Feb 28, 2005
The Jericho Sanction was a good read. Content and themes were what I expected from a conservative who is a former USMC officer. As with most novels, the outcome was predictable. However, predictability did not take away too much from the book. It was worth the time it took to read.
Above average techno-thriller with engaging characters Dec 18, 2004
Oliver North and Joe Musser have created an above average techno-thriller with a great cast of characters. The story revolves around Marine Lt. Colonel Peter Newman. There are three nuclear artillery shells hidden in Iraq, sold to one of Saddam Hussein's henchmen (long dead) by the traitorous Soviet general, Komulakov. American and Israeli intelligence are made aware of the weapons existence by the frantic search of the Iraqis to find the hidden weapons. Newman must go into Iraq and find the weapons before Israel unleashes a preemptive nuclear strike. Meanwhile, Newman's wife Rachael and friend Dyan are kidnapped and held hostage by Komulakov. Komulakov wants Newman to uncover a mole in the American intelligence service that can expose his treachery and ruin his chance of disrupting the election of Putin so he can grab the Russian presidency for himself. There are some great sequences of small unit covert actions and interesting information about satellite reconnaissance and electronic intercept capabilities.
An Excellent Read Dec 1, 2004
This novel kept me interested all the way through and I thought it was just short of a "masterpiece". I enjoyed it even more than his first book in this series, Mission Compromised. I enjoyed the "main plot", but there were a couple of well written sub plots that all came together in the final chapter. I can just imigine that life in the Middle East, during these troubled times, is very close to what is portrayed in the book. I enjoyed the parallels to present day government and kept saying that this is a work of fiction. It was refreshing to read a decent book without profanity, and yet he got his point across. The door was left open for a third book and I look forward to the next installment and adventures of LtCol Peter Newman.