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Dr. Michael Savage is a multimedia icon in the conservative movement. "The Telegraph" in the U.K. ranked him as one of the most influential conservatives in the United States, and with 10 million weekly listeners, the Berkeley Ph.D. is the third most listened-to conservative talk-show host. Recently featured in "The""New Yorker" and "Playboy, " Dr. Savage is the author of twenty-five books, including four "New York Times" bestsellers. His media presence and profile earned him the coveted Freedom of Speech Award from "Talkers" magazine in 2007. Dr. Savage holds a master's degree in medical botany and a second in medical anthropology. Additionally, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in epidemiology and nutrition sciences. He is an ardent conservationist, is dedicated to his family, and is a proud patriot of his country. Visit his Web site at


"A thriller sure to score a bull's-eye with its target audience, the followers of his talk program, Savage Nation.... Savage pulls off some neat twists as Hatfield and a handful of amateurs fight to prevent a disaster that certain officials choose to ignore or abet." --"Publishers Weekly"

Aimed directly at fans of his conservative talk radio show and many nonfiction books, Savage's debut novel follows Jack Hatfield, a journalist forced from his popular radio show by a smear campaign set in motion by a powerful liberal media baron. Freelancing, Hatfield decides to investigate a car bombing in San Francisco; it appears the terrorist's ethnicity is being covered up. His quest takes him to Tel Aviv, London, Paris, and back to California, where a terrorist cell called the Hand of Allah is plotting a West Coast 9/11. All of the elements necessary for a thriller are present-including a beautiful Yemeni secret agent and assorted venal U.S. power brokers-but Peter Larkin largely narrates with a flat, almost uninterested delivery. Larkin does handle the book's many international accents well, and his efforts bring to life sections of dramatic dialogue and moments of heightened tension. But most of the book is read with an objectivity much too cool for the genre. When narrating a thriller, one can be a little too conservative. A St. Martin's Press hardcover. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Best-selling author and popular talk-show host Savage offers the listener a taut political thriller. Wrongly disgraced journalist Jack Hatfield happens upon a story during a routine ride-along that turns into a globe-trotting adventure to prevent a terrorist attack bigger than September 11. While it starts slow, the plot progresses quite nicely. -VERDICT While Savage is a bit heavy on political insight, he still delivers a good story. Peter Larkin's narration adds to the enjoyment, with accurate accents and pacing. [The St. Martin's hc, published in September, was a New York Times best seller; the pb, also by St. Martin's, will publish in May 2012.-Ed.]-Scott R. -DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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