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The Fifth Horseman (1980)

by Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre

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An adventure tale involving a group of Palestinian terrorists who threaten to destroy New York City.
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This wasn't a bad book, however I think it would have been aided by a bit of reduction in length and/or a bit more pace to the narrative.

The story itself is reasonably original, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi holds the United States hostage by planting a thermonuclear bomb in New York and demanding the force the Israeli's to remove their settlements from Palestinian lands. So whilst the premise is very much a topic of its time - the 1980s - it still is compelling today.

There was plenty of background and lead up to all the events, I think whilst they were somewhat of interest and did give more atmosphere the story wouldn't have been hurt that much by leaving most of the events in France out completely, or relegated to a mere paragraph or two.

Overall, it was a decent book but not one I'd race out for. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Jan 19, 2018 |
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And I looked and behold a pale horse:
and his name that sat on him was Death,
and Hell followed with him. And power
was given unto them over the fourth
part of the earth, to kill with
sword, and with hunger, and with death,
and with the beasts of the earth
- Revelation, 6:8
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Prologue: The rain, the bitter rain of winter, flayed the window with its silken lash, sending jagged rivulets coursing down its plate-glass surface.
Part I: The unseasonably cold December day drew to a close.
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En ik zag, en ziet, een vaal paard, en die daarop zat, zijn naam was de dood; en de hel volgde hem na. En hun werd macht gegeven om te doden tot het vierde deel der aarde, met zwaard en met honger, en met de dood, en door de wilde beesten der aarde. (De openbating van Johannes 6:8)
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An adventure tale involving a group of Palestinian terrorists who threaten to destroy New York City.

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In a suspenseful novel of terrorist threat, Libyan leader Qaddafi holds New York City hostage with the threat of setting off a hidden nuclear bomb.
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