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Black Sunday by Thomas Harris
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Black Sunday (original 1975; edition 1990)

by Thomas Harris (Author)

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Black Sunday by Thomas Harris (1975)

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Black Sunday, Thomas Harris’s first novel (and his only one not about Hannibal Lecter) tells the story of terrorists attempting to detonate a bomb from a blimp at the Super Bowl and the Mossad and FBI agents working to find them and prevent the attack. The 1972 Munich Olympic hostage crisis, in which Palestinian terrorists took Israeli athletes hostage, inspired Harris to write the story and he references that act several times throughout. The story alternates between the terrorists – blimp pilot Michael Lander, who seeks revenge against the U.S. after torture as a POW in Vietnam, and Dahlia Iyad from the Palestinian terrorist group Black September – and those who want to stop them – David Kabakov of Mossad and Sam Corley of the FBI – as the former group acquires all of their tools and the latter tries to uncover clues about the terrorists’ plans. Harris also uses flashbacks to fill in characters’ backstories when it becomes necessary to understand parts of the plot. The tension slowly builds over the course of the novel culminating in an adrenalin-filled conclusion.

Tom Clancy’s 1988 novel, The Sum of All Fears, bears some similarities to this 1975 work, with the role of the Israeli Defense Force, a group of Palestinian terrorists attempting to detonate a bomb during the Super Bowl, and conflict between intelligence agencies. That said, Harris’s novel is a much more streamlined thriller that focuses on politics only as they are relevant to characters’ motivations, while Clancy’s later book is grounded more in the politics of his Jack Ryan series. Fans of these type of thriller novels will find enough difference to enjoy them independently, as each author’s unique voice makes the story their own. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Aug 17, 2018 |
A dated but well written 1970s style terrorism thriller. ( )
1 vote brakketh | Jun 22, 2016 |
This book was a good one. Terrifyingly realistic, reads the text on the back cover, but that indeed sums it up.

The plotting of a terrorist attack, its players and the lawinforcement to coubteract on little information. I liked it a lot. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Oct 29, 2015 |
A perfectly decent thriller with a rather improbable storyline about a terrorist attack in the US, involving a large building, an aircraft and a bunch of Arabs.

The writing's pulled back emotionally, almost report-like, though not without humour. I rooted for the baddies all the way through. ( )
  Lukerik | Sep 29, 2015 |
The lives of 80,000 people gathered for Superbowl Sunday in New Orleans are threatened by a diabolical group of international terrorists. Spellbinding, fast-paced suspense is guaranteed once again from the acclaimed author of Silence of the Lambs. Reissue. ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 27, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451217411, Paperback)

From the genius of Thomas Harris, the #1 New York Times bestselling author who introduced the world to Hannibal Lecter, comes his terrifying and prophetic debut of an American who plans an act of terrorism at the Super Bowl?as the whole world watches. But in a mob of 80,000 people, how can they find him to stop him?

The clock is ticking?

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"Though few would suspect it by looking at him, Michael Lander is the most dangerous man in America. A disgruntled veteran with a fascination for explosives, he pilots television blimps over packed sports stadiums each weekend. When a beautiful terrorist operative hands him the explosive firepower he needs, Lander sets in motion a plan that could turn Super Bowl Sunday into the darkest day in American history."--Container.… (more)

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