Title: The Machiavelli Covenant
Publisher: Forge, New York
Publication Date: 2006
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
First edition, January 2007, stated; first printing, full number line. Inscribed, signed, and dated by the author on the title page: "To William Martin-- / Many thanks for the kind words-- / Best wishes, / Allan Folsom / 2/16/2007." An interesting association copy, as Martin is the author of numerous historical novels ("Back Bay," The Lost Constitution," Annapolis") and did indeed provide kind words in the blurb on the back panel ("the international thriller of the year"). Martin donated this book to the Weston (Mass.) Public Library book sale. Bound in black cloth-covered boards with gold lettering on the spine. Book is tight, square, and unmarked; the dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $25.95). Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 002995
Synopsis: For five hundred years a despotic order of the supremely rich and powerful has kept a little known manuscript by the political thinker Niccolo Machiavelli hidden away under heavy guard: THE COVENANT, a terrifying blueprint for the gaining and keeping of true political power. Bonded by complicity in ritual murder and dedicated to a singular vision of global domination, the group, guided by Machiavelli's document, has prospered far beyond any dreams of power and avarice.
In Washington, D.C., former LAPD detective Nicholas Marten comes out of hiding when he learns his former girlfriend, her child and husband, a U.S. congressman, have been mysteriously murdered. Marten discovers her husband had just uncovered a top-secret and illegal bioweapons program, and when the feds fail to investigate, Marten resolves to go after the killers himself.
Meanwhile, on his way to a NATO summit in Warsaw, President John Henry Harris is confronted by a secret cabal inside his own White House who demand he authorize the assassinations of the Chancellor of Germany and the President of France at the NATO meeting. He angrily refuses, knowing full well that in doing so he has put his own life and the fate of the country in jeopardy.
Fleeing for his life, Harris joins forces with Marten and the beautiful but enigmatic French photo-journalist Demi Picard. Together they uncover the truth about the most devastating and powerful group the world has ever known. Swept from Washington to Paris, from Berlin to Malta, Madrid to Barcelona they flee a ruthless circle of the president's here-to-fore most trusted advisors, military leaders and transnational corporate chieftains all of whom want them dead. Out manned, outnumbered and outgunned, these three stand alone against the age-old secrets of THE COVENANT.
About the Author: ALLAN FOLSOM is the New York Times bestselling author of The Exile, The Day After Tomorrow, and The Day of Confession. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.
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