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SEATTLE, 2040. The Space Needle lies crumpled. Veiled women hurry through the busy streets. Alcohol is outlawed, replaced by Jihad Cola, and mosques dot the skyline. New York and Washington, D.C., are nuclear wastelands. Phoenix is abandoned, Chicago the site of a civil war battle. At the edges of the empire, Islamic and Christian forces fight for control of a very differeSEATTLE, 2040. The Space Needle lies crumpled. Veiled women hurry through the busy streets. Alcohol is outlawed, replaced by Jihad Cola, and mosques dot the skyline. New York and Washington, D.C., are nuclear wastelands. Phoenix is abandoned, Chicago the site of a civil war battle. At the edges of the empire, Islamic and Christian forces fight for control of a very different United States. Enormous in scope and brilliantly imagined, Prayers for the Assassin promises to be the powerhouse read of the year. Burning with cinematic violence, fiendish betrayal, and global intrigue, Robert Ferrigno's sensational thriller asks: What would happen to America if the terrorists won? After simultaneous suitcase-nuke attacks destroy New York, Washington, D.C., and Mecca -- attacks blamed on Israel -- a civil war breaks out. An uneasy truce leaves the nation divided between an Islamic republic with its capital in Seattle, and the Christian Bible Belt in the old South. In this frightening future there are still Super Bowls and Academy Awards, but calls to Muslim prayer echo in the streets and terror is everywhere. Freedom is controlled by the state, paranoia rules, and rebels plot to regain free will... One of the most courageous is the beautiful young historian Sarah Dougan, who uncovers shocking evidence that the nuclear attacks might not have been planned by Israel, evidence that, if true, will destabilize the nation. When Sarah suddenly goes missing, the security chief of the Islamic republic calls upon Rakkim Epps, her secret lover and a former elite warrior, to find her -- no matter what the risk. But as Rakkim searches for Sarah, he is tracked by Darwin, a brilliant psychopathic killer trained in the same secretive unit as Rakkim. To survive, Rakkim must become Darwin's assassin -- a most forbidding challenge. A bloody, nerve-racking chase takes them through the looking-glass world of the Islamic States of America, and culminates dramatically as Rakkim and Sarah battle to expose the truth to the entire world. Can the couple outrun Darwin? Who is really behind the nuke attacks? Will Sarah and Rakkim stay alive long enough to deliver the truth? Does a nation divided have a prayer? Robert Ferrigno's Prayers for the Assassin shows the novelist at the height of his powers, and delivers a masterful, unforgettable read....

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  • Arvind
    2018-10-20 19:37

    2.5/5 The book is set in 2040 in the 'Islamic Republic of USA' which comprises Northern USA and describes life and d struggles between moderns, so-called moderates and devout fundamentalists quite well without overdoing it. This one may say is the only saving grace.The story part is mediocre , predictable and I was reminded of how well Dan Brown (or say Archer/Forsyth) would have written this conspiracy-cum-chase story. Also, it could have been a good 20% shorter.

  • William
    2018-11-06 17:26

    audiobook which could have been better performedA whole lot of grist for the current events millI am one who when assessing different cultures, looks at demographics, history, and the details that is being professed.Islam if truly practiced scares the hell out of me. This is one religion that only tolerates others to the degree of their majority. I was raised in a white majority with minorities of Mexicans and various Asians. Now having gone to their homelands I have learned that they are just as racist and hegemonic as any culture when they are in the majority rule.I had two friends from Iran that I went to school with in the 1970's. Both engineering students, but one was Jewish and the other Muslim. The were best friends. What I learned from the two years that I knew them was their friendship could only exist in a non-Muslim country. So be wary. I learned as a youth hunting that don't be afraid of a single stray dog. If you see a pack of three or more be very afraid.

  • Adrienne
    2018-11-11 20:11

    In 2015, three nuclear devices simlutaneously detonate in New York, Washington DC and Mecca. Mecca becomes uninhabitable for 10,000 years, while NYC and Washington are completely destroyed. When these attacks are blamed on an Israeli group, civil war engulfs the United States. The country splinters: the old Confederacy becomes the Bible Belt; Utah, parts of Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado become the Mormon Territory; and the rest of the country becomes the Islamic Republic, with a new capital in Seattle. Islam is the state religion and the Shari’a the law of the land. Catholics are barely tolerated and Protestants are nonexistent - they’ve all either converted, fled to the Bible Belt, or been killed. Halftime of the Super Bowl is marked with calls to prayer, the Academy Awards are full of actors proclaiming their faith as Muslims, and alcohol is completely forbidden, as is Coca-Cola (the recipe is held by the heretics in the Bible Belt, and being caught in possession of a Coke is a criminal offence) which has been replaced by a new drink, Jihad Cola.The above scenario and its consequences are explored in Prayers for the Assassin, by Robert Ferrigno. I posted awhile back about my fascination with alternate histories. While this book takes place in the future, it really has that alternate history feel to it. It was a fascinating book. One of the most interesting parts (to me anyway) was the fact that Seattle was the new capital of the Islamic Republic. The Space Needle is destroyed and a museum to the martyred Muslims killed in the civil war lies beneath the ruins, the President’s palace is situated on Queen Anne hill, and a Dick’s Drive-In has mysteriously appeared a block away from Aurora Avenue (they’re all open 24 hours now, too). All of these little touches made the book seem very real. On the other hand, I don’t think that the events in the book could ever occur. At least, not the way that Ferrigno has spelled them out.Some people might not like the way that Ferrigno has portrayed Muslims in the book, but I thought he did a good job. Sure, there were some Muslim characters that I didn’t like, but they weren’t supposed to be likeable. There were some Catholic characters in the book that I didn’t really like either. And there was one devout Muslim lady that I liked a lot. I was really sad when she was killed.All in all, I thought that Prayers for the Assassin was a fascinating (and kinda creepy) novel of an alternate future. I might even check out the sequel at some point.

  • Ashley
    2018-10-30 18:23

    I wanted to really like this book, because it was recommneded by a friend. I just couldn't. It was a short novel, but it took nearly two months to read. Here is my review: The novel begins with an interesting premise. I found the "muslim" America very intriguing. I think Ferrigno did a good job of laying out the landscape. The map at the beginning was very useful. I found some of the action scenes interesting and creative. Although this novel is creative with the premise, it is horribly written. The characters are so one-dimensional. I don't even know why the main characters love each other, where their favorite restaurant is, what they talk about when they are not trying to be killed, etc. The author hold the reader at a distance. You watch the story unfold, and you are not an active participate. Ferrigno's characters are eccentric-its a shame he doesn't given them depth. What about DETAIL? Ferrigno skims through the characters' lives with a paragraph and doesn't stop. Whenever the characters are presented with a riddle or problem, it is figured out with telling the reader how. HOW FRUSTRATING! Also, Rakkim (main character) seems to know why everything is happening towards the end, of course without telling the reader until the next chapter. To me, this isn't suspense-its annoying. The author flys through the emotional aspects of the book. He only briefly (a sentence or two) explains a characters emotional actions. Ferrigno, however, loves to describe sexual encounters. I hate to say it, but how so "sterotypically" male. Throughout the entire book I could tell the author was male. The comments some of the female characters made were not sound. I found myself skimming the ending. Honestly, I didn't care who lived and died. It is a shame, too. This book could have been very good. The idea is good, and the characters are creative. It just wasn't.

  • Sara
    2018-10-18 14:13

    I listened to this book on audio. It was a book club selection and for some reason, I didn't think I'd like it. After finishing, I'd say that I found it compelling in a suspenseful way, but it wasn't something I'd choose for myself. The premise of the story (which initiates a trilogy) is that after a series of attacks and civil wars, America splits into two countries with serious religious and cultural differences. Most of the country converts to Islam, while the South becomes a Christian stronghold. It's one of those what-if scenarios, set about 25 or 30 years in the future. I liked most of the characters and wanted the main couple to escape the assassin who's hounding them. I was definitely creeped out by the assassin, who's basically like Dexter except without the charm or moral code. There was some fun super-spy, cat-and-mouse action and the science fiction-type technologies depicted (mostly biological and surveillance-related) were pretty believable based on current trends. No flying cars! And overall, the book seems to be warning about the dangers of all types of extremism more than anything. But other than that...I thought it was over the top and kinda beat dead horses too much. Also, the depictions of certain ideas and situations made me cringe. I wasn't sure what was supposed to be satirical and what wasn't. Some might enjoy this as a fast-paced thriller, and it's good for a book discussion, but on the whole I guess it just wasn't my thing.

  • Timothy
    2018-10-19 18:25

    This book is scary and quite visionary on so many levels. This book came out in 2006, but it is eerie when you take a look at the maps in the front of the book at what the United States has become. When you take into account recent events that have been occuring in our country, Ferrigno's "thriller" takes on a whole new meaning. It is not so far fetched as we at one time thought it would be. If you are looking for a possible snapshot at our future, read this book. It along with Dan Simmon's Flashback will scare the H E double hockey sticks out of you. Plus they are good reads.

  • Michael
    2018-11-04 13:38

    The premise of this novel - Muslims and Christian fundamentalists fight over a divided future America - was actually the best part. The rest was pretty terrible and so I abandoned this one early on. I wonder if it's the nature of thrillers to be awful.

  • Nightkid
    2018-10-31 15:27

      故事的背景設定很有意思。像我這種唸歷史的人,每當看到作者的某些描述時,總會忍不住露出詭異的笑容。  2040年的世界會變成怎樣,對我來說還太遙遠,遙遠得想像不了。但是,作者提供的假設卻很新鮮。試想,如果在我的有生之年,有幸看到強大的美國突然內亂,分為信奉伊斯蘭教的「美利堅伊斯蘭合眾國」與聖經帶,這絕對會讓我呆了眼。甚至,美國還因內戰而從世強國下降到第三世界國家的景況,只能靠出口礦物與農產品,更是挑戰我想像力的極限。  嗯……無疑,看到這些描述,真的讓我很歡樂。果然,意淫歷史真是一項充滿趣味的行為。害我有點期待續集了(如果有的話)。  不過,書中還是有些我不太喜歡的部分。例如,看到關於女性的地位等內容時,總會有種憤怒的感覺。或者,我真的是女權主義吧,實在忍受不了書中的某些調調……  怎樣覺得書中會倒楣的,都是伊斯蘭的女性?難道就不能讓男人被黑袍軍鞭打嗎?  好孩子果然不該看太多關於女權思想或婦女史的書,弄得我現在看甚麼書,都會注意到這方面的細節了。無言了。

  • Matt
    2018-10-18 12:32

    Audio book.

  • Michael Jody
    2018-10-30 18:17

    I somehow did not love this book, although I think he is a terrific writer.

  • Zeke Chase
    2018-10-14 14:15

    Rating: 6.1 / 10This book is predominantly marketed as speculative fiction, and in that sense, it's...not the best. The premise, or at least the catalyst in the novel, is just a little too absurd to be taken seriously by anyone not in a neoconservative thinktank. However, it's written much in the style of a thriller, and despite the that it's futuristic, really just boils down to a spy thriller within a fictional near future. And as a thriller, it's actually pretty good.The year is 2040 and the United States is divided into four political entities: 1) the Mormon territories (henceforth unimportant to the novel or this review), 2) the Bible Belt, a Protestant holdout against Muslim hegemony whose politics remain arcane to us, 3) the Islamic States of America, a predominantly Muslim yet “free” country in the north and west whose Christian minority is mostly Catholic, and 4) the Nevada Free State, a secessionist independent where Las Vegas has become the central hub of North America. The book focuses on the ISA. Rakkim Epps is a former Fedayeen (basically military special ops) shadow warrior (basically sleeper cell agent) in love with the niece of the head of State Security (who's one of the top most powerful men in the country; picture Secretary of Defence). The niece, Sarah, goes missing and Rakkim comes out of retirement to track her down. Sarah, who wrote a controversial book about the rise of Islam in America, has stumbled across a bin Laden-esque plot by a Muslim mastermind known as “The Old One” which began decades ago and with only slight hiccoughs has succeeded in a knew Holocaust and steadily built a global caliphate as prophesied in Muslim eschatology. The Old One, desperate to keep his web of lies secret, dispatches Darwin, a former assassin of the Fedayeen, after Rakkim and Sarah.What led to this? Well, in 2015, nukes took out New York, Washington and left Mecca as a radioactive waste. The story was that fundamentalists were attacking the good old US of A and their Saudi puppets. Then, the FBI gets a confession from Richard Aaron Goldberg, an Israeli Mossad agent who orchestrated the whole thing to make it look like fundamentalists were attacking the US and the Saudis. A coalition of Arab states and a demographically Muslim majority Europe invaded Israel, the US, now involved in all out civil war between the Protestant holdouts and the moral clarity of a rising Islam in the wake of New York and Washington, pull their foreign aid for Israel and the Jews are nearly erased from history altogether until Russia gives the last of them sanctuary. China, the world's new superpower, remains neutral.So why is this absurd in the thriller sense? Well, does anyone believe that Congress – much less the American public – would turn against Israel when it's made to look like Muslim radicals? Even in the face of a confession? That confession would never have made it onto the six o'clock news.But that's minor nitpicking. As I say, most spy or political thrillers thrive on absurd geopolitics, and, at least within the continuity of its own fictional universe, it works. The characters are believable, the layers of ISA society are plausible, the scope of geopolitics is all-encompassing. And the story is rather enjoyable along the way, although at times it seems like the characters are just going through the motions. There are points where it seems like Ferrigno knows where he wants the story to go, but hits a brick wall and just...goes there anyway. Perhaps I zoned out, but I don't understand why the Old One let Rakkim and Sarah go (even though they did have to orchestrate some half-assed escape). Things do fit rather neatly together in the end, although I'm glad Darwin didn't turn out to be a mindless vassal of the Old One; that is, he remains true to his character.As always, I must give further props to any book that has a scene random gratuitous anal sex.This is a decent book, when viewed as a thriller, though that may only be in contrast to its piteous competition. I will continue with the series, because now I'm curious to continue within this brave new world.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2018-10-16 19:37

    This book is built around an interesting idea I'd seen and heard discussed (or varations of it) in other places, especially after 9/11. The general idea is that after a confessed Israeli agents have attacked the US a new civil war broke out. An Islamic movement or backlash agains Isral (and by extention Jews) brought it about. Many Americans in the coastal areas and some of the midwest coberted to Islam. Open war broke out with heavy destruction and loss of life. Evangelical Christians have largely moved to the south where they have set up their own republic. Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virgina, and Missouri are border states. Nevada has been allowed to become a sort of autonomous state (think Casablanca without the Nazis as T.L. Jones said in Men in Black)while Utah, Colorado, and Idaho are Mormon States, but the book isn't clear as to whether it's independent or a part of the Islamic state that is allowed to exist. The book opens during a battle of the "Civil War" and then flashes forward to the "post war". The story is told through the eyes of Rakkim Epps, an elite Fedayeen fighter of the Islamic state who has lost his faith. He has to make a decision in the book as the plot revolved around his attempt to rescue Sarah Dougan a young female historian he loves. For some reason the "State" and another shadowy Islamic power want her dead.I like the book, but I found it unsatisfying in several ways. For one thing this is a novel and while a lot of the ambivalence we see here realy is "the" or "a" core in lfe, it doesn't have to be in fiction. I'm sort of stumbling over myself here not to put in spoilers but, I suppose I'll just say, there are places things could have been tied up in a more "literary" or "fictional" or "novel" type way. So the good news is some of you will REALLY disagree with me on that. To some all that I find a sort of disapointment will simply be the book being "true to realism" so...the book is pretty good to very good depending on your point of view. The writing itself is good serviceable writing with character and world building that remains true to itself on the whole and is easy to follw. The plot holds together despit some holes and a few glaring problems that we have to just sort pretend we didn't notice too much (like what's going on with the Mormons etc.).On the the whole the book could have been some better, but I liked it well enough.

  • Ori Fienberg
    2018-11-09 15:16

    This book has a lot going for it. The fight scenes in this are peerless. I was taken back to the olden days when I used to read and then reread R.A. Salvatore books featuring Drizzt Do'Urden. In fact, I'm not 100% certain that Rakim Epps isn't really Drizzt (more on that later).Also, though it's a bit odd, I learned a fair amount about the Muslim religion and traditional observances. It's a stew of modern and fundamentalist practices and really makes me feel like I should find an actual book about it, rather than a suspense-thriller, or wikipedia. Any suggestions?Before you can read this book you must first suspend your disbelief. If you even read the back cover then you'll know it's necessary, and I read mostly fantasy, sci-fi, and educational theory so I'm used to it. Even so, I had a lot of difficulty. It took me till about 1/3 of the way through before I felt like Ferrigno had been able to create a world I could believe in, at least enough to enjoy the book.Otherwise two glaring flaws prevent me from giving this book more than 3 stars. First, Ferrigno delivers characters background stories by forcing the main character to have long "remember when" conversations with each character. Really, I'm not sure how one goes about fleshing out a character's past without it feeling awkward. However, I think in mysteries such as this one a lot of that background is really unnecessary. The main character is a "shadow warrior," I'd almost prefer for his past to be a little more murky.The second flaw draws me back to Drizzt Do'Urden. Rakim Epps' nemesis is another Feyadeen, this one an assassin. He's a pretty great character, and nearly Epps' opposite. A great Artemis Entreri character. But does their rivalry live up to that example? Sadly, no. This book was a command performance. I gave another friend The Name of the Wind, and he gave me this. This was an entertaining read, and while I don't feel compelled to read any more of this series, if I were at an airport and need something, I'd certainly return to Ferrigno's series, at least if I couldn't find another book promising the death of Nazis and treasure.

  • CJ
    2018-10-24 20:24

    Action adventure with some nice twists. It's several decades in the future, a couple suitcase nukes went off in D.C. and New York and the Mossad got blamed. The United States has split into an Islamic Republic and the Bible belt in a bloody civil war. To the south, the Aztlan empire has laid claim to Texas and Florida and some of southern California. To the north, Canada is trying to get its hands on some of the great lakes states. Toss into this mix a Fedayeen shadow warriar (elite spy trained to study and blend in with any culture) who's had a little DNA tweaking, the niece of a high ranking State Security officer who's bright enough to do a little more research into the history of the Muslim Republic, and the "Old One", a mastermind genius of a villain who's been pulling strings behind the scene for decades trying to topple the old regime and replace it with a new Muslim one and you have an interesting piece of fiction. Toss in an assassin as finely trained as the shadow warriar and you have the perfect nemesis. Throw in the fact that the Catholics are the wild and partying bunch who still indulge in shocking things like alcohol, half naked women, and pork, and it starts to get humorous.While its accuracy may not be flawless and the plot is just a bit farfetched, it was refreshing to see action adventure from a Muslim point of view. Both the male and female protagonists are Muslims (moderate Muslims, not the fundamentalist black robe kind, where all women who are outside of the house need to be in a burqa and carry a card that says their father or husband gave them permission to be out of the house without a male escort).Jews are pretty much hated by everyone since they were the ones who blew up New York and D.C.......or did they?And there really is a website called www.askimam.com just like there is in the book - whoda thunk it?

  • Dan
    2018-11-05 18:31

    Here's the essential problem --- the foundation of the story isn't believable. Ferrigno bases his plot on the idea that the world believes that a nuclear attack on New York City, Washington, DC and Mecca in 2015 is the work of Israeli agents. As a result, most of the USA converts to Islam, with a group of the southern states breaking away to form a Christian nation. It doesn't ring true. A novelist, particularly someone writing speculative fiction, asks his readers to suspend disbelief, but he has to present a realistic premise. Why would anyone believe that Israel, which depends on America for its survival, would attack US cities and then throw in Mecca for good measure? And even if you believed Israelis were responsible for the attack, why would you lose your faith and convert to Islam? Nevertheless, I ignored this ridiculous concept and kept reading. The action is set in 2040. Sarah Dougan, a respected historian, isn't convinced it was an Israeli attack, so she begins to dig into the story. When the Old One, the mysterious Muslin actually responsible for the attack, learns of Sarah's investigation, he hires Darwin, a deadly assassin, to take care of Sarah. With the assistance of Rakkim Epps, her secret lover, Sarah races to uncover the true terrorist while Darwin murders just about everyone she contacts. Once I pushed aside the premise, I found a gripping thriller that kept my interest. Ferrigno should be commended for a balanced portrayal of Islam; even depicting Sarah and Rakkim as moderate Muslims. Overall, Prayers for the Assassin is a pretty good near-future thriller.

  • Kip
    2018-11-13 16:15

    Picked up a hardcopy of this at the B&N discount bin a while back. Premise looked interesting... Set in 2040 it's after a major nuclear strike against NYC, DC and Mecca. Blamed on Zionists looking to frame Islamic fundamentalists. The US has split into four areas... Islamic northern half, Mormom Territory, Nevada Free Zone (Vegas, baby) and the Southern Bible Belt. Southern Bible Belt was filled with Christians from the Islamic Republic after several high-profile Americans converted to Islam and the northern territories formed a new country. Civil war is ongoing.Thought the story would be about relations between those four zones, but it really focused on specific characters and events in the Islamic Republic. Sort of a chase / thriller type in "The DaVinci Code" line of finding the secret that would topple the state before the state found it and made it disappear forever.A decent thriller. Interesting part was the author's view on the Muslim faith, clearly separated into "traditional" and "moderate" camps. Many references to the Qu'ran and the teachings of Muhammad. Also references to the apex of Muslim culture when they were open to new influences and intellectual pursuits. The bad guys are clearly bad, the good guys are a bit shady but do things for the right reasons, and there are plenty of gray areas.* Couldn't finish** I had nothing else to do*** Passed the time, would be **** for genre / author fans**** Everyone could enjoy this book***** Everyone should read this book, I'll read it again

  • KarenC
    2018-10-19 17:10

    Introduction to central characters, locations, politics and social conditions that will carry the reader through the three volumes of the Assassin Trilogy. Ferrigno does a decent job introducing the characters, describing the social conditions and setting up the rest of this futuristic trilogy. We get glimpses of the decay befalling the Islamic Republic, as well as the dramatically changed religious, political and social landscapes. Is this really what the U.S. might look like by 2040? A little scarey when you think about it. Given the current politics it doesn't seem so unrealistic as an outcome.and Ferrigno's writing keeps the story moving as Rakkim Epps searches for his childhood love, Sarah. Rakkim's search takes us around the west coast and provides the context for what is going on in the rest of the country. This book could be read as a stand alone, since its main story is resolved by the end of the novel. But give the remainder of the trilogy a try. The story improves with Sins of the Assassin, nominated for the Edgar Award, but disappoints a bit with the last volume, Heart of the Assassin. All three volumes are worth the read if you enjoy speculative, futuristic fiction with a plotting villian, sensitive good "guys" and basic action.

  • Jason Anderson
    2018-11-13 18:25

    In the course of this epic reading competition, I’m going to end up reading a number of books that are just, “meh.” It’s the law of averages; they can’t all be gems.Prayers for the Assassin is one of those books that falls firmly in the “meh” category. A thriller set in a near-future America that has been converted to Islam, it does what it sets out to do — keeping you engrossed in the action and turning the pages. And the exploration of an Islamized America is an interesting hook. But beyond that, it doesn’t really plow any new ground in the loose-canon-super-agent-on-vital-mission-to-rescue-innocents-from-dark-forces genre.Add in some head-scratching character development decisions and an epilogue that feels tacked-on and unnecessary, the end result is that I’m not in a big hurry to read the rest of the books in the series. Passable airport read, keep expectations low.

  • Schnaucl
    2018-11-11 13:12

    Three and a half stars. It's an interesting premise but I'm not sure I understand the demographics. I'm pretty sure the new capital in Seattle only because the author apparently lives there. We're the least churched area in the country and we don't have a particularly strong Islamic population (or Catholic population for that matter, which is the other big population in the book). Otherwise it's a pretty interesting book. Although I find it interesting that the guys seem to think things are mostly better while the women don't. I don't think it paints Islam in a particularly good light (lack of intellectual inquiry, for example). I also have hard time believing that one actor or actress' conversion would spark that many conversions in the general populace. It's true that when religion in Hollywood becomes a fad you do see a rise in that religion in the general population but nothing like a majority of people in the country. And then the second amendment is repealed on top of that? I'm not a fan of any particular religion or the second amendment, but considering we can't even get extended clips banned I have a hard time believing any of that happening. I guess that's where suspension of disbelief comes in.

  • Bob
    2018-10-28 14:31

    This was an interesting “what if” type of book. Nuclear bombs have gone off in New York City, Chicago and Washington as well as in Mecca. Soon it seems that they were set by Israel and as a results Islam has now taken over the bulk of the US and Europe with a pocket of Christians in the bible belt and Nevada and Utah being a separate enclave that’s is relatively open. The principal characters are Sarah Dougan a historian and author of a book that has angered the Islamic government , epically the fundamentalists. Rakkin Epps a Fedayeen special operations soldier now retired. They were both raised by the current head of state security of the Islamic government; they are also lovers in spite of the prohibitions against them. Sarah has disappeared and Rakkin is asked to find her. The fundamentalists are also looking for her, as is an assassin employed by a shadowy Moslem living in Las Vegas. The book tells of Rakkin’s search for Sarah and then their search for information for Sarah’s next book which upset contemporary history surrounding the bombs. Meanwhile they have to fight against the repressive tactics of the fundamentalists.An interesting concept using certain conditions as a jumping off point.

  • Stephen Kennedy
    2018-11-13 18:23

    Although this book had some bad reviews on the Sony book store. I purchased it anyway as I heard the author on a radio talk show promoting the second book of this series and I was intrigued about the premise.The time is in the future and the US is now an Islamic state. Muslims and Catholics live together but the Southern US Bible belt and the Muslim states are in a state of constant war.We follow the story of Rakkim (a former Fedayeen spy) after he is tasked to find the daughter of the former head of state security and his childhood friend. Sarah has stumbled upon what may be truth about the attacks that caused the Jihad. Also after Sarah is a former Fedayeen assassin.I have mixed feelings about the book. I don 't know if this future is possible. I enjoyed the story of the book and some parts had me gripped and I couldn't put it down, while others I couldn't get through fast enough.I think the premise is interesting and overall I enjoyed the book. I have purchased the next book in the series and am planning on reading it.

  • Ron
    2018-10-28 17:34

    A very interesting book. One you won't want to put down until you find out what happens. NO peeking at the rear end first! This is the first of a trilogy.This book sheds a lot of light on the Islamic mentality, factions within Islam and customs. It is a bit of a sci-fi'er as it is set about 30 years into the future when America has become the Islamic Republic and is split into several different areas. The main character is a Fedayeen Shadow Warrior who goes toe to toe with many killers and a Fedayeen Assassin. The author documents his source material at the end. Several of them are worth looking into all on their own. There is even a Islamic 'Dear Abby'. Priceless.Interesting that Frank Herbert's Dune used a lot of the Islamic culture when he wrote it many years ago. A great read!

  • Robert
    2018-11-12 20:25

    This is a very novel approach to a "what if" book. A future look at a world turned upside down. A story of an America that is split in half by a future war that has caused worldwide shifts. I found this to be very entertaining and fast read. The author really pulls the reader along as the main character and his future wife attempt to find the real cause behind the war that has ripped everything apart. Salted with new gadgets and talk of the "old" gadgets of our world makes this a very entertaining ride. And the perils faced during this quest are really fascinating. A look at our possible future world? Well the thing that adds some character is that the author uses a very plausible scenario. A great book for those that like the genre and a promising start to what appears to be a trilogy of books.

  • Cherie
    2018-10-20 14:27

    This book gives the reader a look at what the United States would be like after a Civil War between Conservative Christians and Muslim Americans.It is set in the year 2040, 15 years after an armistice ended that war and divided the United States into the Muslim States of America and the Bible Belt. It was especially interesting to note that Nevada was a free state not aligned with either side, and Utah and Southern Idaho were designated as "The Mormon Territories." Not much was said about The Mormon Territories in this volume, but as there are three books (so far)in this series, I hope to hear in future volumes how Utah managed to remain separate.In this novel, there are all kinds of Muslims: ultra fundamental, religious, moderate and modern. There are also some terrorists, who want to control the world. Very interesting and different point of view!

  • Bookmarks Magazine
    2018-11-07 12:20

    Prayers marks a departure for Ferrigno, whose previous books focused on life in contemporary Southern California. In Ferrigno's neo-Orwellian world, Mount Rushmore has disappeared, LAX has become Bin Laden International, and midday prayers interrupt the Super Bowl. Critics expressed different ideas about the plot, using words such as "preposterous," "credible," and even "ordinary" to describe it. There's no doubt, however, that Ferrigno raises important questions about religious freedom while handling the subject of Islamic faith with great insight and evenhandedness. If the plot sometimes overwhelms character development, he still allows his creations to air their own opinions without moralizing. In sum: a fast-paced thriller with timely appeal.This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

  • Mike
    2018-10-23 16:18

    I've read the second book, Sins of the Assassin, before this one, so I know how the ending will go here. Nevertheless, the edge-of-your-seat element was still there. Darwin is so cunning, so deceptive. I like Prayers... more than Sins... (pun somewhat intended).It was nice for the author to compare today's freedoms in the USA (or in any other democratic country) with a fictional Islamic USA, where almost all freedoms were regulated, if not stifled. The argument was between tolerating excesses and setting up controls.I did not mind the religion in this book. Besides, this is a work of fiction. The author has free rein to point out both Catholicism and Islam's strengths and flaws. And I felt that he did not favor nor dislike either one.Prayers for the Assassin is a fun read. Nice story, too. Lots of twists. :)

  • Abraham Lewik
    2018-11-03 19:37

    A rather good read, quite resonant with our times which is apparent from the blurb. An inner monologue from the cast of characters strings together the narrative, which shifts between villainous and heroic characters. Although well described as an alternate history novel, Robert Ferrigno applies multiple perspectives, a style from the fantasy genre, most prominent of which is the GoT franchise. However the overwhelming distinction is the uniting objective between every character, which I enjoyed, as the threads which bind the disparate GoT characters together, to my dismay, are politics. Loose threads in the closing chapters leave the room for a sequel open, which may lose readers who no longer savour the novelty.

  • Emjay
    2018-11-10 18:23

    In the year 2040, the United States is divided in half: the Islamic Republic in the north and a Christian fundamentalist republic in the south. The Israeli Mossad was blamed for the 2015 nuclear attacks on New York and DC.. But did they? There's a professional assassin, an ex Fedayheen (who flunked the Assassin course) and a gorgeous historian. And former terrorist/freedom fighter Red Beard and master manipulator The Old One are battling for control of the Islamic Republic of America. Humor, horror, and a twisting plot make this novel a heart in mouth read. I listened to the Recorded Books version read by L. J. Ganser.Apparently there's a sequel with the ex Fedayheen doing his stuff in the Christian Republic.

  • Quinn
    2018-10-25 12:16

    The United States is in chaos. The Pacific United States is now under Muslim control. The southeast United States is Christian. Years earlier several atomic bombs were detonated in three key cities. The Christians being blamed for the attacks. Now several muslim factions are wrestling for power. The “Old One” controlling one, Redbeard controlling another, Ibn Azziz trying to gain control. Rakkim is an assassin and he must find out what happened and why the atomic bomb attacks occurred. Rakkim discovers one bomb in China did not detonate like it should have. Now Rakkim is being stalked by another assassin, even deadlier than he is. This was a good book and it gave some great insight into the Muslim culture and zealots like Al Queda.

  • Christal
    2018-11-07 12:18

    I just did not care for this at all. Don't be mistaken, it isn't for lack of a plot, poor writing or characterization, or anything like that. I simply did not like the subject matter. The synopsis from the BN website made it sound like it was a scifi alternate history sort of story, and they were correct in that it was the background setting. But this was anything but scifi/alternate timeline in the story. It was a military action/adventure/kidnapping and they are not my cup of tea. I had to force myself to finish it (and it's a small book too) and then I swapped out the sequel I had gotten with it on Swaptree.com to get something I would enjoy.