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Former intelligence officer Eric C. Anderson again strikes a discomfiting, hyper-realistic chord with "Horus," the thrilling finale of his near-future trilogy about Islamist warlords, fumbling western politicos, cyber criminals and double agents. As with "Anubis" and "Osiris," Anderson takes a lanky stride five years into the future, where Chuck Schumer is the hapless, overburdened, hard-drinking President, right-wing fascist Marine La Pen rules a France on the brink of internal revolt, and Recep Erdogan of Turkey is about to snatch his chance to rekindle the Ottoman Empire and assume the mantle of Caliph. As Anderson's returning heroes More and Faheem enter the fray, all seems manageable, until the North Koreans deliver nuclear cruise missiles to the exiled remnants of ISIS, which kicks the novel into cardiac inducing tension. In a brilliantly executed melding of the nuclear horror classics, "Dr. Strangelove" and "Fail Safe," Anderson's "Horus" is both comically cynical and frighteningly prescient, and he rides the edge of history like a horseman of the apocalypse. For readers who love page-turning, insider thrillers that rob them of rest, this one's a classic of the genre.
--Steven Hartov, best-selling author of In the Company of Heroes