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The Scorpion's Gate

(2005)
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Fiction can often tell the truth better than nonfiction. And there is a lot of truth that needs to be told.
-Richard A. Clarke


From the noted counterterrorism expert and #1 bestselling author comes an astonishing fiction debut-a novel of terrorism, warring nations, and political treachery... that could happen tomorrow.

For three decades, Richard A. Clarke worked in the White House, State Department, and Pentagon. As adviser to four presidents, he traveled throughout the Middle East, visiting palaces, military bases, and intelligence centers, meeting rulers, soldiers, and spies. Some of what he found appeared in Against All Enemies. Much more of it appears here.

In an extraordinary geopolitical thriller filled with the kind of cutting-edge authenticity only someone on the inside could bring, Clarke takes readers just five years into the future, when forces both in the Middle East and the United States are at work to launch another war. But this time, it could be bigger. This time, it could be nuclear, and spread to Asia and beyond.

A coup has finally toppled the sheiks of Saudi Arabia, and put a determined but shaky Islamic government in its place. Everywhere, the scent of oil has begun to attract the scorpions, and among them are men in Washington and another capital ready to strike a devil's bargain to fundamentally realign the map of the Middle East. The plans are not the same, however-though some of the planners think they are. Hidden agendas, fierce ambition, conflicting loyalties, faulty intelligence, catastrophic miscalculation-soon the dominos will start to fall, and not even the efforts of a few dedicated men and women on the outside may be able to stop an unstoppable folly. . . .

Blending exceptional realism with intricate plotting, razor-sharp suspense, and a remarkable cast of characters, The Scorpion's Gate will be one of the most talked-about novels of the year."Fiction can often tell the truth better than nonfiction. And there is a lot of truth that needs to be told. -Richard A. Clarke From the noted counterterrorism expert and #1 bestselling author comes an astonishing fiction debut-a novel of terrorism, warring nations, and political treachery... that could happen tomorrow. For three decades, Richard A. Clarke worked in the White House, State Department, and Pentagon. As adviser to four presidents, he traveled throughout the Middle East, visiting palaces, military bases, and intelligence centers, meeting rulers, soldiers, and spies. Some of what he found appeared in Against All Enemies. Much more of it appears here. In an extraordinary geopolitical thriller filled with the kind of cutting-edge authenticity only someone on the inside could bring, Clarke takes readers just five years into the future, when forces both in the Middle East and the United States are at work to launch another war. But this time, it could be bigger. This time, it could be nuclear, and spread to Asia and beyond. A coup has finally toppled the sheiks of Saudi Arabia, and put a determined but shaky Islamic government in its place. Everywhere, the scent of oil has begun to attract the scorpions, and among them are men in Washington and another capital ready to strike a devil's bargain to fundamentally realign the map of the Middle East. The plans are not the same, however-though some of the planners think they are. Hidden agendas, fierce ambition, conflicting loyalties, faulty intelligence, catastrophic miscalculation-soon the dominos will start to fall, and not even the efforts of a few dedicated men and women on the outside may be able to stop an unstoppable folly. . . . Blending exceptional realism with intricate plotting, razor-sharp suspense, and a remarkable cast of characters, The Scorpion's Gate will be one of the most talked-about novels of the year."

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Hardback Editions

January 2006 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Scorpion's Gate (Center Point Platinum Mystery (Large Print))
Author(s): Richard A Clarke
ISBN: 1-58547-702-8 / 978-1-58547-702-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Large Print
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October 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Scorpion's Gate
Author(s): Richard A Clarke
ISBN: 0-399-15294-6 / 978-0-399-15294-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam Adult
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Paperback Editions

December 2006 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Scorpion's Gate
Author(s): Richard A Clarke
ISBN: 0-425-21298-X / 978-0-425-21298-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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Audio Editions

October 2005 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Scorpion's Gate
Author(s): Richard A Clarke
ISBN: 0-14-305797-9 / 978-0-14-305797-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
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October 2005 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Scorpion's Gate
Author(s): Richard A Clarke
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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October 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Scorpion's Gate
Author(s): Richard A Clarke
ISBN: 1-4159-2385-X / 978-1-4159-2385-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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October 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: the Scorpion's Gate
Author(s): Richard A Clark
ISBN: 1-4159-2386-8 / 978-1-4159-2386-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Kindle Editions

October 2005 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Scorpion's Gate
Author(s): Richard A Clarke
Publisher: Berkley
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