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Richard North Patterson
Henry Holt
384 pages
January 2009
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Bobby Okari, the captivating leader of a freedom movement in the explosive and oil-rich West African nation of Luandia, has no qualms about speaking out against PetroGlobal Luanda, an American oil conglomerate who, according to Okari, fouls his peopleís land, poisons their water and ravages their daughters. PGL and Luandiaís corrupt and callous dictator, Savior Karama, seek to quiet Okariís voice and repress his cause. Greed is their motivation and as the Delta becomes an economic disaster, black gold fills their bank accounts.

When three PGL workers are lynched during a peaceful demonstration, Luandiaís government conveniently points the finger in Okariís direction. During a solar eclipse, military troops, led by the sadistic Colonel Okimbo and PGL henchman Roos Van Daan descend upon Okariís village of Goro and brutally massacre its inhabitants while arresting Okari for the lynching.

Marissa, Okariís wife, sends an urgent email to her old college friend in the States, Damon Pierce. Pierce, a lawyer who specializes in complex international litigation, heeds the call of the woman he once had feelings for and agrees to represent Okari on the trumped-up charges. However, Pierce doesnít immediately realize the severity of the case. Karama has hand-picked his own tribunal to try Okari for the crime. As witnesses disappear and palms get greased, Pierce finds himself caught in an explosive political battle where oil runs thicker than blood and everyone has their hands in the till. During a dramatic legal battle, Pierce scrambles to keep Okari from the gallows while fighting for his own life and that of his lost love.

Eclipse is a complex legal and political thriller by bestselling author Richard North Patterson. Although the intricate web of deceit, politics and legalities is sometimes difficult to follow, the basic story of human injustice is not. Put on your thinking cap and go along for an eye-opening look at manís destructive lust for oil.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Niki Masse Schoenfeldt, 2009

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