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Dark Invasion


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HOWARD BLUM is the Edgar Award-winning author of ten previous critically acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers. Formerly an award-winning "New York Times" reporter, he is now a Contributing Editor of "Vanity Fair." The father of three, he makes his home on a hilltop in Connecticut. DARK INVASION will be made into a feature film by Warner Bros., with Bradley Cooper starring as New York Police Captain Tom Tunney.


"Howard Blum's story of the sinister and scary German terror attacks on America 100 years ago reads more like a LeCarre novel than a meticulous reconstruction of history.. This is a terrific spy story."--Cokie Roberts, author of Founding Mothers
"Dark Invasion...will move you to the edge of your seat with the facts alone, but the author's suspenseful detective-mystery narrative is what keeps you there."--USA Today
"Dark Invasion is a must-read for lovers of suspense and anyone who wants to understand how the basis of our homeland security system was born."--Tom Reiss, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Count and The Orientalist
"a spy thriller of the first order....Dark Invasion is another page-turner that is compelling.... [Blum] has a remarkable talent for both uncovering history's most inexplicably forgotten stories...and for writing non-fiction paced like a big-budget thriller."--Daily Beast
"A suspense-filled tale, Dark Invasion uncovers a fascinating corner of history when courageous New York City police officers fought insurmountable odds to defend America against sophisticated German saboteurs at the start of World War I."--Ronald Kessler, author of The Secrets of the FBI and In the President's Secret Service
"Blum briefs us on early homeland security with tales of German terrorists, including military officers, a germ-warfare expert, a Harvard prof and a document forger."--New York Post, "Required Reading"
"Blum...writes a gripping epic of a sordid terror plot and murder most foul .... [He[ makes great use of short chapters and episodic shifts that both prevent tedium and compel the reader forward through each twist and turn."--Library Journal (starred review)
"Blum's narrative of America's first exercise in homeland security is a worthwhile page-turner, combining the best features of a police procedural and a spy novel with a firm base in verifiable events."--Publishers Weekly
"Compelling ... a grim, fascinating remembrance."--Columbus Dispatch
"History is all about retelling tales that need telling. In Dark Invasion, Howard Blum has rescued a batch of compelling ones and woven them into grim, fascinating remembrance."--Dallas Morning News
"Howard Blum has given us a fascinating-and hugely entertaining-glimpse into early 20th-century America....And-eat your hearts out, novelists-it's all true."--John Steele Gordon, author of EMPIRE OF WEALTH: THE EPIC HISTORY OF AMERICAN ECONOMIC POWER, on American Lightning
"Howard Blum's riveting and perturbing Dark Invasion...is well-researched and written, and it maintains a fairly high level of suspense, which is difficult to bring off in a book about historical events."--Wall Street Journal
"I read Dark Invasion without stopping. It is a well-researched and exceedingly well-written account of a pre-World War I series of terroristic attacks on the United States, in this case perpetrated by Germans. It is full of good stories and characters."--Norman Stone, award-winning author of The Eastern Front: 1914-1917 and World War One: A Short History
"In his gripping and expertly crafted narrative, Blum demonstrates that the best stories are true. Told in the great tradition of spy thrillers, Dark Invasion is the startling tale of German secret agents operating in the United States."--Scott Miller, author of The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century
"The author's eye for scene-setting and subtle explication perfectly mimics a Griffith-style camera. Blum is at his best.... Unfailingly entertaining."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review), on American Lightning
"This is a wonderful story, with a cast of characters out of a Cecil B. DeMille epic, told in a style that is lucid, lyrical, even electric. Narrative history at its very best."--Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of FOUNDING BROTHERS and AMERICAN CREATION, on American Lightning

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