Alan Judd is the author of eleven novels and two biographies. He previously served as a soldier in the British army and as a diplomat in the Foreign Office. Judd is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has won numerous awards including the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Heinemann Award. He currently writes for The Spectator and The Daily Telegraph. He lives in Sussex with his family.
In bestseller's Thor's intriguing seventh Scot Horvath novel, Scot, a former navy SEAL who's recently quit working for Homeland Security, pursues a mystery involving a recently discovered ancient Koran. Differing from the original, this Koran suggests a secret exists that, if revealed, will change the entire nature of the warlike extremist versions of Islam. Furthermore, it has links to Thomas Jefferson and his war on Muslim pirates (think: "to the shores of Tripoli" in the Marine Corps hymn), handwritten notes in Jefferson's first-edition copy of Don Quixote and other clues hidden in Jefferson's Monticello home. First, Scot has to make up with his boss, President Jack Rutledge, who used him badly in his previous outing, The First Commandment, but once that's done, Scot finds himself in the thick of a furious battle. Fortunately, Scot's romance with girlfriend Tracy Hastings remains offstage. A stunning revelation on the last page will surprise even the most savvy thriller readers. 10-city author tour. (July) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Verdict: Scot Harvath (The First Commandment) faces his greatest challenge in Thor's breakthrough thriller. The one minor flaw is the rushed ending, which does more to allude to the next book than resolve the present story line. Nonetheless, Thor has written what will surely be a best seller. He claims to have received death threats because of the touchy subject matter (he portrays the Qu'ran as intentionally flawed and depicts the assassination of the Prophet Mohammed). Expect this to make headlines upon its release. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/08.] Background: Trying to escape the life of a cover operative for Homeland Security, Scott Harvath and girlfriend Tracy are enjoying the quiet life when an explosion occurs near a cafE in Paris. They rescue the intended victim, who reveals a bizarre and shocking secret regarding Islam with ties to Thomas Jefferson's presidency and the potential to devastate several current world governments. Harvath must choose between going back to the life he despises and saving the world or hiding the secret for the sake of millions of lives.--Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.