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  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (4 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399168605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399168604
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,938,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for "The Golden Hour"
"A superbly realistic, high-powered thriller about a bloody coup in Africa and the desperate efforts of the State Department, CIA, and U.S. military to counter it. The novel introduces the unforgettable character of Judd Ryker, an international crisis fixer. It's all here: spectacular and exotic settings, terror, violence, beauty, good and evil and everything in between. It is just about impossible to stop reading this book."--Douglas Preston, #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author
"A tough, realistic, well-written tale of American diplomats scrambling to reverse an African coup amidst intense turf battles - State, Defense, White House, Congress, and CIA - and ever-shifting facts on the ground. Moss is an insider who knows how these things are really done - and how thin the line is between triumph and disaster."--John Sandford
"Written by an insider with intimate knowledge of Washington and Africa, "The Golden Hour "leaps out of today's headlines, a riveting thriller that mixes diplomacy, terrorism, and international intrigue at the highest levels in equal measures.'--Francis Fukuyama, Author of "The End of History and the Last Man"
"An extraordinary international thriller debut from a writer who has lived and breathed every inch of it. Moss knows where all the bodies are buried - literally."--W.E.B. Griffin
"In the real world of high-level international intrigue, those who know usually don't tell much and those who tell usually don't know much. Todd Moss is the exception. He combines an insider's knowledge with the storytelling skills of a master. Just read a few pages - you won't be able to stop."--Moises Naim, Author of "The End of Power" and former editor in chief of "Foreign Policy "magazine
"The Golden Hour combines the virtues of a spy-and-diplomacy thriller with a realistic inside look at the workings of America's worldwide crisis-response system. The next time you hear aboute

Praise for "The Golden Hour"
"Outstanding debut . . . An intriguing cast of morally dubious characters, an intricately constructed plot, and a tantalizing cliffhanger make this thriller a page-turner of the highest order."--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
"A superbly realistic, high-powered thriller about a bloody coup in Africa and the desperate efforts of the State Department, CIA, and U.S. military to counter it. The novel introduces the unforgettable character of Judd Ryker, an international crisis fixer. It's all here: spectacular and exotic settings, terror, violence, beauty, good and evil and everything in between. It is just about impossible to stop reading this book."--Douglas Preston, #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author
"A tough, realistic, well-written tale of American diplomats scrambling to reverse an African coup amidst intense turf battles - State, Defense, White House, Congress, and CIA - and ever-shifting facts on the ground. Moss is an insider who knows how these things are really done - and how thin the line is between triumph and disaster."--John Sandford
"Written by an insider with intimate knowledge of Washington and Africa, "The Golden Hour "leaps out of today's headlines, a riveting thriller that mixes diplomacy, terrorism, and international intrigue at the highest levels in equal measures.'--Francis Fukuyama, Author of "The End of History and the Last Man"
"An extraordinary international thriller debut from a writer who has lived and breathed every inch of it. Moss knows where all the bodies are buried - literally."--W.E.B. Griffin
"In the real world of high-level international intrigue, those who know usually don't tell much and those who tell usually don't know much. Todd Moss is the exception. He combines an insider's knowledge with the storytelling skills of a master. Just read a few pages - you won't be able to stop."--Moises Naim, Author of "The End of Power" and former edito

Praise for "The Golden Hour"
"A novel that makes your heart race . . . a thriller that weaves diplomacy and national security together with espionage, terrorism and Washington infighting."--"Washington Post"
"An exciting, multilayered look at international politics and the people who rule nations...Moss juggles complex political issues in an energetic plot...and he uses his experiences to deliver a credible international thriller that never succumbs to cynicism, even when showing how peace and co-existence can seemingly be impossible concepts to some."--Oline Cogdill, "Mystery Scene"
"Outstanding debut . . . An intriguing cast of morally dubious characters, an intricately constructed plot, and a tantalizing cliffhanger make this thriller a page-turner of the highest order."--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
"Washingtonians of many stripes will find their pulses racing as the diplomat protagonist tangles with intelligence operatives, revolutionaries, and many other villains."--"The Washingtonian"
"Read this novel as a window into politics, power and practice at the U.S. Department of State and you'll find yourself in the middle of troublesome scenes that ring all too true."--Alan Cheuse, "Dallas Morning News"
"A superbly realistic, high-powered thriller about a bloody coup in Africa and the desperate efforts of the State Department, CIA, and U.S. military to counter it. The novel introduces the unforgettable character of Judd Ryker, an international crisis fixer. It's all here: spectacular and exotic settings, terror, violence, beauty, good and evil and everything in between. It is just about impossible to stop reading this book."--Douglas Preston, #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author
"A tough, realistic, well-written tale of American diplomats scrambling to reverse an African coup amidst intense turf battles - State, Defense, White House, Congress, and CIA - and ever-shifting facts on the ground. Moss is an insider who knows how these things are really done - and how thin the line is between triumph and disaster."--John Sandford
"Written by an insider with intimate knowledge of Washington and Africa, "The Golden Hour "leaps out of today's headlines, a riveting thriller that mixes diplomacy, terrorism, and international intrigue at the highest levels in equal measures.'--Francis Fukuyama, Author of "The End of History and the Last Man"
"An extraordinary international thriller debut from a writer who has lived and breathed every inch of it. Moss knows where all the bodies are buried - literally."--W.E.B. Griffin
"In the real world of high-level international intrigue, those who know usually don't tell much and those who tell usually don't know much. Todd Moss is the exception. He combines an insider's knowledge with the storytelling skills of a master. Just read a few pages - you won't be able to stop."--Moises Naim, Author of "The End of Power" and former editor in chief of "Foreign Policy "magazine
"The Golden Hour combines the virtues of a spy-and-diplomacy thriller with a realistic inside look at the workings of America's worldwide crisis-response system. The next time you hear about coups or turmoil in a troubled corner of the world, and the debate about whether and how the United States should intervene, think of the characters in this book. Tom Clancy used fiction to illuminate the world of the military; Todd Moss is using it to reveal the world of diplomacy."--James Fallows, national correspondent, "The Atlantic"
"I spent years watching national security crises from the inside, and Todd Moss has got it scarily right. "The Golden Hour "is a novel of extraordinary thrills - and extraordinary truth."--Tony Fratto, Former White House Deputy Press Secretary to President George W. Bush
"A terrific, fast-paced tale of adventure and political intrigue set in the utterly believable context of contemporary instability in Mali. Moss has built a true-to-life story of intelligence maneuvers, covert ops, Sahelian ghosts, American bureaucratic stove-pipes, and African coup plotters. "The Golden Hour" would make a exciting movie, complete with danger, romance, cerebral scheming and surprises to keep us focused."--Dr. Chester Crocker, U.S Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, 1981-1989; James M. Schlesinger professor of strategic studies, Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service

Praise for "The Golden Hour"
"A novel that makes your heart race . . . a thriller that weaves diplomacy and national security together with espionage, terrorism and Washington infighting."--"Washington Post"
"An exciting, multilayered look at international politics and the people who rule nations...Moss juggles complex political issues in an energetic plot...and he uses his experiences to deliver a credible international thriller that never succumbs to cynicism, even when showing how peace and co-existence can seemingly be impossible concepts to some."--Oline Cogdill, "Mystery Scene"
"Outstanding debut . . . An intriguing cast of morally dubious characters, an intricately constructed plot, and a tantalizing cliffhanger make this thriller a page-turner of the highest order."--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
"Washingtonians of many stripes will find their pulses racing as the diplomat protagonist tangles with intelligence operatives, revolutionaries, and many other villains."--"The Washingtonian"
"Read this novel as a window into politics, power and practice at the U.S. Department of State and you'll find yourself in the middle of troublesome scenes that ring all too true."--Alan Cheuse, "Dallas Morning News"
"A superbly realistic, high-powered thriller about a bloody coup in Africa and the desperate efforts of the State Department, CIA, and U.S. military to counter it. The novel introduces the unforgettable character of Judd Ryker, an international crisis fixer. It's all here: spectacular and exotic settings, terror, violence, beauty, good and evil and everything in between. It is just about impossible to stop reading this book."--Douglas Preston, #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author
"A tough, realistic, well-written tale of American diplomats scrambling to reverse an African coup amidst intense turf battles - State, Defense, White House, Congress, and CIA - and ever-shifting facts on the ground. Moss is an insider who knows how these things are really done - and how thin the line is between triumph and disaster."--John Sandford
"Written by an insider with intimate knowledge of Washington and Africa, "The Golden Hour "leaps out of today's headlines, a riveting thriller that mixes diplomacy, terrorism, and international intrigue at the highest levels in equal measures.'--Francis Fukuyama, Author of "The End of History and the Last Man"
"An extraordinary international thriller debut from a writer who has lived and breathed every inch of it. Moss knows where all the bodies are buried - literally."--W.E.B. Griffin
"In the real world of high-level international intrigue, those who know usually don't tell much and those who tell usually don't know much. Todd Moss is the exception. He combines an insider's knowledge with the storytelling skills of a master. Just read a few pages - you won't be able to stop."--Moises Naim, Author of "The End of Power" and former editor in chief of "Foreign Policy "magazine
"The Golden Hour combines the virtues of a spy-and-diplomacy thriller with a realistic inside look at the workings of America's worldwide crisis-response system. The next time you hear about coups or turmoil in a troubled corner of the world, and the debate about whether and how the United States should intervene, think of the characters in this book. Tom Clancy used fiction to illuminate the world of the military; Todd Moss is using it to reveal the world of diplomacy."--James Fallows, national correspondent, "The Atlantic"
"I spent years watching national security crises from the inside, and Todd Moss has got it scarily right. "The Golden Hour "is a novel of extraordinary thrills - and extraordinary truth."--Tony Fratto, Former White House Deputy Press Secretary to President George W. Bush
"A terrific, fast-paced tale of adventure and political intrigue set in the utterly believable context of contemporary instability in Mali. Moss has built a true-to-life story of intelligence maneuvers, covert ops, Sahelian ghosts, American bureaucratic stove-pipes, and African coup plotters. "The Golden Hour" would make a exciting movie, complete with danger, romance, cerebral scheming and surprises to keep us focused."--Dr. Chester Crocker, U.S Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, 1981-1989; James M. Schlesinger professor of strategic studies, Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service

Praise for "The Golden Hour"
A novel that makes your heart race . . . a thriller that weaves diplomacy and national security together with espionage, terrorism and Washington infighting. "Washington Post"
An exciting, multilayered look at international politics and the people who rule nations Moss juggles complex political issues in an energetic plot and he uses his experiences to deliver a credible international thriller that never succumbs to cynicism, even when showing how peace and co-existence can seemingly be impossible concepts to some. Oline Cogdill, "Mystery Scene"
Outstanding debut . . . An intriguing cast of morally dubious characters, an intricately constructed plot, and a tantalizing cliffhanger make this thriller a page-turner of the highest order. "Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
Washingtonians of many stripes will find their pulses racing as the diplomat protagonist tangles with intelligence operatives, revolutionaries, and many other villains. "The Washingtonian"
Read this novel as a window into politics, power and practice at the U.S. Department of State and you ll find yourself in the middle of troublesome scenes that ring all too true. Alan Cheuse, "Dallas Morning News"
A superbly realistic, high-powered thriller about a bloody coup in Africa and the desperate efforts of the State Department, CIA, and U.S. military to counter it. The novel introduces the unforgettable character of Judd Ryker, an international crisis fixer. It s all here: spectacular and exotic settings, terror, violence, beauty, good and evil and everything in between. It is just about impossible to stop reading this book. --Douglas Preston, #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author
A tough, realistic, well-written tale of American diplomats scrambling to reverse an African coup amidst intense turf battles State, Defense, White House, Congress, and CIA and ever-shifting facts on the ground. Moss is an insider who knows how these things are really done and how thin the line is between triumph and disaster. --John Sandford
Written by an insider with intimate knowledge of Washington and Africa, "The Golden Hour "leaps out of today s headlines, a riveting thriller that mixes diplomacy, terrorism, and international intrigue at the highest levels in equal measures. --Francis Fukuyama, Author of "The End of History and the Last Man"
An extraordinary international thriller debut from a writer who has lived and breathed every inch of it. Moss knows where all the bodies are buried literally. --W.E.B. Griffin
In the real world of high-level international intrigue, those who know usually don t tell much and those who tell usually don t know much. Todd Moss is the exception. He combines an insider s knowledge with the storytelling skills of a master. Just read a few pages you won t be able to stop. --Moises Naim, Author of "The End of Power" and former editor in chief of "Foreign Policy "magazine
"The Golden Hour combines the virtues of a spy-and-diplomacy thriller with a realistic inside look at the workings of America's worldwide crisis-response system. The next time you hear about coups or turmoil in a troubled corner of the world, and the debate about whether and how the United States should intervene, think of the characters in this book. Tom Clancy used fiction to illuminate the world of the military; Todd Moss is using it to reveal the world of diplomacy."--James Fallows, national correspondent, "The Atlantic"
I spent years watching national security crises from the inside, and Todd Moss has got it scarily right. "The Golden Hour "is a novel of extraordinary thrills and extraordinary truth. --Tony Fratto, Former White House Deputy Press Secretary to President George W. Bush
"A terrific, fast-paced tale of adventure and political intrigue set in the utterly believable context of contemporary instability in Mali. Moss has built a true-to-life story of intelligence maneuvers, covert ops, Sahelian ghosts, American bureaucratic stove-pipes, and African coup plotters. "The Golden Hour" would make a exciting movie, complete with danger, romance, cerebral scheming and surprises to keep us focused."--Dr. Chester Crocker, U.S Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, 1981-1989; James M. Schlesinger professor of strategic studies, Georgetown University s Walsh School of Foreign Service"

About the Author

Todd Moss is Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow at the Washington think tank the Center for Global Development, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. From 2007 to 2008, he served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of African Affairs, where he was responsible for diplomatic relations with sixteen West African countries. Moss lives in Maryland."


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