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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.

©2009 Richard North Patterson (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-09

Eclipse

A well researched book and interesting. I almost wish there had been part 3 with an ending that left you feeling better. I would recommend this book.

37 of 39 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Ronald
  • 19-01-09

Another Insightful Story from Patterson

This starts as a mystery novel. It is a tense drama that keeps you guessing who is on which side. This is the audio version of a page turner. Rather than just listening in my spare time, I made time to listen to this book. I addition to delivering a stirring drama, Patterson introduces issues to stir the hearts of anyone with a conscience.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Marilyn Armstrong
  • 27-01-09

Great writer getting even greater ...

I've always enjoy Richard North Patterson's books, but his recent ones where he takes on major social issues are truly brilliant without being preachy. Great characters, plots that hang together, fine research ... A very gratifying (if intense) read in every way. Maybe not everyone's cup of tea. Subject matter isn't easy to deal with emotionally. No cop out ending, either.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Bette
  • 16-01-09

High Price of Oil

Compelling contrasts of commitment and conscience hold the listener as this expert reading reveals RNP's character and plot development based on actual people and events in Nigeria. Money and power attract and brutalize people touched by the oil market in a society without the rule of law. Patterson deftly engages us in the high-priced reality of American demand for cheap oil.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mak
  • 12-08-09

Excellent...a must read

This book tells a largely untold story with sensitivity, honesty, and skill. The author is true to his purpose in raising awareness of controversial issues while weaving a plot that is intriguing and real with many unexpected twists and turns. Similarly, the characters are complex but artfully portrayed. I thoroughly enjoyed this work - not only because of its thought-provoking content but also because of the literary artistry. I think this is one of his best books yet.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Bonnie-Ann B
  • 02-08-09

Disappointing

I feel cheated by "Eclipse" and have said more than once as I listened to this newest epic that I feel as if this is 14 hours of my life I will never regain.

Starting with the positive. The narration is extraordinary! Mr. James manages to keep numerous characters and different genders and nationalities from blurring together. The narration is the sole reason that I was able to finish listening to this novel at all. It was a grueling listen, but that is not the fault of the narrator.

The problem with the book is the in-your-face themes: African dictators are evil; American government complicit in the evil doings of said dictators; Oil is bad for the African people and for the environment. Yep... I get it. I got it the first seventeen or eighteen times the themes appeared in the story, somewhere around the first hour or two into the story, out of fourteen hours. Patterson's politics are always a part of his story: pro-Choice, pro-gun regulation, feminist. I am familiar with his thematic writing and, even when I disagree with his politics, I have always enjoyed the stories about the people he uses to portray the issues.

Here, where I agree with the author's political agenda, the story was too frequently interrupted by Patterson's preaching and editorializing. His usual character and storyline development was overshadowed by the repeated droning about how bad the oil industry is and how much it harms the African people. No one who understands the issue didn't get the message in the first few hours (first 150 pages...?). Those who cannot (or choose not to) understand the issue aren't going get through the story (or buy the book in the first place).

Patterson's usually likable, but flawed, characters are lost in this story's attempt to change the World. I believe it was Jack Warner who said "if you want to send a message, use Western Union." Patterson would have been wise to listen to that advice.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Joie
  • 11-07-09

Moral Justice

Very thought provoking but the book dragged on too long.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • rebecca
  • 24-04-09

awful - thought it would never end

I love Richard North Patterson, have read all of his books and was so excited to download and listen to this newest one. But boy was I disappointed. From the accents to the never ending story to the characters that I could care less about, to the preaching about war torn dictatorships, I hated this book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Connie
  • 19-02-09

An eyeopener!

It was also an eyeopener for me. I was horrified by the lives these people live. The story was so sad and so passionately written. I can't wait for the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Loretta R. Cooper
  • 12-02-09

Tedious

Recognizing that not ever reader appreciates every author, perhaps Patterson is just not for me. This book seems to move through horrific events without emotion. The characters seem wooden and their motivations are indiscernable. It's too bad, this is a story line that could have created a great novel. If this topic interest you, read "As We Forgive" a beautiful, hopeful memoir of the Rwandan genocide. Skip this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful