Todd Moss - Minute Zero
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Former deputy assistant secretary of state and best-selling author Todd Moss will be discussing his latest political thriller, Minute Zero. About the book: An extraordinary international thriller by the former deputy assistant secretary of state and author of the national bestseller The Golden Hour. 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 how you want them to go. That is Minute Zero. Fresh off the harrowing events of The Golden Hour, State Department crisis manager Judd Ryker is suddenly 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. It gets much worse after that. If he can’t get control, shape his Minute Zero, a lot of people are going to die—not least of all himself. 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, where he was responsible for diplomatic relations with sixteen West African countries. Previously, Moss worked at the World Bank and the Economist Intelligence Unit, and taught at the London School of Economics. He is the author of four nonfiction books on international economics affairs, and the nationally bestselling first Judd Ryker novel The Golden Hour. He lives in Maryland. Praise for Minute Zero: “Moss certainly has the politics and players down. Readers of political and military action novels will appreciate his ultracurrent scenarios and characters, and fans of W.E.B. Griffin and Tom Clancy should know there is a new storyteller on the map.” – Library Journal “I don’t feature many thrillers in my Top 10. However, when a book has blurbs from James Fallows and Chester Crocker, you know it’s not the same old, same old. Moss knows about ‘the golden hour’ firsthand. Washingtonians of many stripes will find their pulses racing as the diplomat protagonist tangles with intelligence operatives, revolutionaries, and many other villains.” –Washingtonian “A former diplomat, Moss knows of what he writes. Ranging from Washington to London to the Sahara Desert, the book effortlessly ups the tension while piling on surprises. For those who want to know what it’s like to get caught up in a modern coup, this is a good place to turn. A strong debut about a good man in Africa who gets tested at every turn.” — Kirkus Reviews