A crisis in Africa may just be his chance. Mali’s president has been overthrown in a coup, a Senator’s daughter has been kidnapped in Timbuktu, and a violent new Jihadist cell has arisen in the desert. Ryker has just 100 hours to restore the president, rescue the hostage, and protect the American embassy from terrorist attack. But first Ryker must uncover the truth.
In his debut novel, Moss, formerly the top U.S. diplomat for West Africa, guides the reader across the Sahara Desert and deep inside the murky world of American national security in the 21st Century.
In the life of every country, at a moment of extreme national disruption, there is a brief period of breakdown, when everything is uncertain, events can turn on a dime. That is the moment to act, to shape events. That is Minute Zero.
Fresh off the harrowing events of The Golden Hour, State Department crisis manager Judd Ryker is thrown into a quickly developing emergency in Zimbabwe, where a longtime strongman is being challenged for the presidency. Rumors are flying furiously: armed gangs, military crackdowns, shady outside money pouring in, and, most disturbing for the United States, reports of highly enriched uranium leaking into the market. And that’s all before Ryker even lands in the country. If he can’t get control, shape his Minute Zero, a lot of people are going to die—not least of all himself.
When four American sport fishermen stray into Cuban waters and are promptly arrested by Castro’s navy, State Department crisis manager Judd Ryker finds himself called in to negotiate their release. But the more Ryker digs in to the situation, the more things he discovers that just don’t seem to fit, especially now, with relations between the United States and Cuba supposedly thawing.
Who are these men really, and what were they doing there? What is Ryker’s actual mission, and what is his own government hiding from him?
Some people want the new initiative to succeed. Others want to stop it at any cost. Still others see it as an opportunity for something much more radical. The Ghosts of Havana are walking, and Ryker is caught in the middle.
DR. CHESTER CROCKER
DALLAS MORNING NEWS
PROFESSOR MIETEK BODUSZUNSKI
MARY LOUISE KELLY
AMBASSADOR MARK BELLAMY
PROFESSOR ROBERT ROTBERG
KILLER NASHVILLE MAGAZINE
KIRKUS (starred review)
THE STANDARD (Zimbabwe)