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The St. Louis Memorial Arch, 630 feet of gleaming stainless steel, twice the height of the Statue of Liberty, built to withstand earthquakes, has been so severely damaged that it's barely standing. What's even more unsettling to a nervous nation: The arch was damaged and turned black overnight but without apparent cause -- no bombs, no guns, no chemicals. There are suspects, however. And Charlie Hart, a clean-cut FBI agent in the all-American mode, is on the trail of three: Lakota John Brown Dog, an otherworldly whore, and "the grandfather," who's in contact with a shadowy but powerful group known as the allies. And matters only get scarier for America after the arch is damaged...the four stone presidents on Mount Rushmore come under an attack that a hundred armed agents and a dozen assault helicopters are powerless to stop...then it's on to a second battle of the Little Bighorn. The white man's civilization ends with a lone wolf howling in the desolate forests of Manhattan. The "force majeure" behind these events is ghost dancing, which began in 1890 as a promise to Indians that America's original illegal aliens -- the Europeans and their descendants -- could be eradicated without war, without killing. How this promise can be fulfilled more than a hundred years later, in present-day America, is one of the compelling mysteries at the heart of "Facing Rushmore." Martin's ten novels have given him a cult following. His thriller, "Lie to Me, " and his eccentric love story, "The Crying Heart Tattoo, " are adored by fans worldwide. But "Facing Rushmore" is in a class by itself. The novel's unforgettable characters dare to consider a provocative question in the post-9/11 world: Can the technological power of the United States, a power that has dominated the world, be overwhelmed by a superior "spiritual" force? "Facing Rushmore" will thrill and provoke readers. It's a history lesson, a page-turner, and one hell of a journey. If you're a Martin fan, the good news is: He's back. If this is your first trip with him, get ready for the ride of your life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780684853499
ISBN-10: 0684853493
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 169mm x 24mm)
Pages: 260
Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - Home Invasion by Martin

US Kirkus Review » Independence Day meets Lord of the Rings in a one-of-a-kind eschatological fantasy from prodigiously versatile Martin (Crazy Love, 2002, etc.). There's no scientific reason the St. Louis Memorial Arch should have turned black, but Lakota Sioux ghost dancer John Brown Dog, who made it happen, claims that only unpasteurized milk can clean it. John's garrulous account of his odyssey from Tennessee west in the company of Elena, a prostitute so special John calls her God's whore, makes no sense to Charlie Hart, the FBI agent charged with getting the truth out of him. And John's explanation of the shape shadows that he maintains he can command makes Charlie so irritated that he's about to cut the prisoner loose. But when John conjures the magical shadows in his interrogation room, Charlie can't deny the evidence. Unfortunately, he's the only one who can't. The congressional committee appointed to investigate the outrage sends him packing, and the committee's minions confiscate his evidence. Meantime, the Bureau has freed John without charging him with a crime, even though he's clearly on his way to further acts of terrorism at Mt. Rushmore and Little Bighorn. After generations of Native Americans taking whatever the Europeans who colonized North America dished out, someone has chosen John to set the balance straight. Unless the government turns over all federal and state forests, parklands and protected natural places to the indigenous inhabitants, John prophecies, every woman on earth, save perhaps for a small number of Native Americans, will be unable to bear children, and human life will enter its final century. You don't believe a word of this, do you? Neither do Charlie and the powers that be-and the resulting debate, laced with action, is exactly the point of this provocative doomsday scenario. (Kirkus Reviews)


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