By Todd Moss
An outstanding overseas mystery via the previous deputy assistant secretary of country and writer of the nationwide bestseller The Golden Hour.
In the lifetime of each kingdom, at a second of utmost nationwide disruption, there's a short interval of breakdown, while every little thing is doubtful, occasions can activate a dime. that's the second to behave, to form occasions how you want them to move. That is Minute Zero.
Fresh off the harrowing occasions of The Golden Hour, nation division difficulty supervisor Judd Ryker is without warning thrown right into a fast constructing emergency in Zimbabwe, the place an established strongman is being challenged for the presidency. Rumors are flying furiously: armed gangs, army crackdowns, shady outdoor funds pouring in, and, most annoying for the U.S., studies of hugely enriched uranium leaking into the market.
And that’s all ahead of Ryker even lands within the state. It will get a lot worse after that. If he can’t get keep watch over, form his Minute Zero, lots of people are going to die—not least of all himself.
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