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ISBN: 141592385X
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Clearly, Clarke's purposes in writing this book are both didactic and polemical. As a result, some of the dialogue can be wooden and contrived, and some of the characters seem to be stalking horses to put forward and give voice to Clarke's pet peeves and theories. That having been said, I enjoyed the book very much, and found it to be both instructive and enjoyable. It comes with my strong recommendation.

My hope is that this book will cause readers to think about those issues and will give them an insight into the real world in which such issues are addressed by real people, for we need a national and international dialogue - an informed dialogue - about exactly these matters.

The Scorpion's Gate is a geopolitical thriller by former United States intelligence and Counterterrorism official Richard A. Clarke. The Scorpion's Gate is his first novel, but it is not his first book - unlike his non-fiction policy books this is an attempt to convey vital foreign policy ideas through fiction. The subtitle on the cover reads: "Sometimes you can tell more truth through fiction.

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His fiction books include The Scorpion's Gate, Breakpoint, Sting of the Drone, and Pinnacle Event

His fiction books include The Scorpion's Gate, Breakpoint, Sting of the Drone, and Pinnacle Event. His nonfiction books include Your Government Failed You, Against All Enemies, Cyber War (with Robert K. Knake), and The NSA Report (with Michael J. Morell, Geoffrey R. Stone, Cass R. Sunstein, and Peter Swire), Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes (with R. Eddy).

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Brian Douglas confided to Pamela Braithwaite, executive assistant to the Director of SIS. I’d be afraid to work in a glass palace like this, it’s just too vulnerable. or maybe you won’t, Brian, you were in the Dhofar with the Omanis, I do believe, running ops into the Yemen looking for al Qaeda back in 2000 when it happened -Pamela shut her eyes to remember the scene- when a Russian antitank missile came crashing into the eighth floor here. Made a terrible mess, we moved everyone off the floor for three months

Here is the plot of the former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke's new book, "The Scorpion's Gate": there is trouble again in the Middle East, and the United States is on the verge of getting involved in another war.

Here is the plot of the former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke's new book, "The Scorpion's Gate": there is trouble again in the Middle East, and the United States is on the verge of getting involved in another war. An arrogant, gung-ho secretary of defense and his eager-beaver undersecretary are intent on regime change in a certain Arab country with huge oil reserves. They charge that this nation's government has ties with Al Qaeda and is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons.

Comments (7)
Spilberg
Richard Clarke shows a bit of genius in this future history. Amazingly, he was able to tell the story using all believable characters. This is about the various multilateral powers maneuvering to control the remaining oil.

The best part of the story is the realness of the players within the U.S. government. The President and Secretary of Defense are a formidable team and in some ways like the former one. I wonder if that was done deliberately. Together with their political allies, they move the U.S. to war and occupation of Islamia, which used to be called Saudi Arabia.

But other important and more minor players on the American and British sides have connected the dots and put themselves at great risk to defeat the U.S. government's goal to start another war. In the background are subplots involving espionage and technical descriptions of weapon systems that actually get used. This is a very dangerous time.

There are certain lessons from this highly entertaining and believable tale. One is that we better start finding alternative energy sources right away. Another is that we remain too vulnerable to being dragged into a losing war by a sitting president and his/her allies in government and banking.

Clarke has a way of getting us to see the world energy crisis from the perspectives of all the players. This is truly an entertaining way to discover how others throughout the world are likely to react in such a crisis. One thing that bothered me was the total abdication by the media of the role as fourth estate to protect the democracy.

I would certainly read/listen to any other books presented by Richard Clarke.
Onath
Having laid out his recollections and opinions about our nation's War on Terror in the bestseller, "Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror," Dick Clarke followed up by writing the fascinating novel, "The Scorpion's Gate." In this work of fiction, Clarke uses the approach of reductio ad absurdum to speculate on the potential logical outcome of our failed policies in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East.

The scenario is that it is 2010, and the Royal House of Saud has been toppled in a coup d'etat, and the former Saudi Arabia has been transformed into the fundamentalist, wahhabist Nation of Islamyah - the first foundation stone in building a Shia Caliphate that will eventually encompass the entire Muslim world. The plot of this book seems to be Clarke's worst nightmare of what would happen if the policies of the Neocon ideologues that Clarke railed against in "Against All Enemies" were to continue un-checked and un-abated. The Middle East becomes a fascinating chess board - with pieces being moved around the board in complex gambits by the Americans, Chinese, British, Iranians, Kuwaitis, Saudis. The action centers on complex plots and attempts to de-stabilize the region by attacking Bahrain and U.S. assets stationed there. Told in the style of Le Carre and Ludlum, the story is one that held my interest throughout the 300 pages. Clarke's deep knowledge of internecine intrigue and power struggles - both petty and global in scale - inform the characters in this novel and set up the tensions that drive the storyline. I often found myself musing: "So, this is the way it really works behind the scenes!"

Former U.S. Senator, Gary Hart, made these comments about Clarke's novel:

"On his book's jacket, the author says: `Fiction can often tell the truth better than nonfiction. And there is a lot of truth that needs to be told.' As co-chair of the U.S. Commission on National Security for the 21st Century, I am often asked what caused us to predict terrorist attacks on the United States months before Sept. 11, 2001. More than any other factor, Clarke's chilling briefings of our commission persuaded us. Perhaps he is trying to persuade us of a truth yet again."

Clearly, Clarke's purposes in writing this book are both didactic and polemical. As a result, some of the dialogue can be wooden and contrived, and some of the characters seem to be stalking horses to put forward and give voice to Clarke's pet peeves and theories. That having been said, I enjoyed the book very much, and found it to be both instructive and enjoyable. It comes with my strong recommendation.

Enjoy!

Al Chase
Vozuru
This novel is a fun read for people who like to read Political/World Intrigue. I had a great time reading this.
Kulalbine
While fictitious, an important read for the thinking person. I recommend it to all people interested in the Middle East.
breakingthesystem
Clark knows statecraft and he knows the Middle East. He demonstrates that here. It is an exciting story of power shifts and heroes who prevent wars and unravel plots.
Uste
i enjoyed reading it. it's a quick,action filled, thriller,
not bad for a first effort! beats anything i could ever create!
kinda confusing, in terms of the many acronyms, numerous cast of characters, etc.
but enjoyable, nontheless. worth reading, for sure.
watchman
This book and its CD version, both of which I used, is reasonable well written and interesting to follow. It describes a plausible way of how government, intelligence, and spying works. The book narrative is strongly based on "our failure to develop alternatives sources of energy" (with emphasis on "OUR FAILURE"), which should be taken as a fantasy-premise that most fictional books have. It makes interesting reading although it is now fading into an "old" book category. Today is Aug 2010.
It seems by the other reviews, people either Love or Hate Mr Clarke and or Scorpion's Gate.
I'm reviewing the AUDIO EDITION, "NOT" the book! So any short comings in writing style may have been over come by an excellent reading. Yes, there are both technical and writing errors but hell Clancy isn't the living in the real world either. Character development is weak but it's Mr. Clarke's ideas that are the heart of this book.

This is truly a well thought out scenario!
Although Clarke seems to show his age by drawing on the Cuban Missile Crisis as a model for his crisis. Most readers will only see comparisons to current events.

My only complaint is it seems a little to "BEST CASE"!
It's unrealist in that there is "NO REAL COST" to the "USA" or it's Allies for the "incompetency" of their actions. But than again maybe not!

One other point, Mr. Clarke has worked in those "secret rooms"
not just been given the "red light" "special tour".
This should be read by all players ("principles") inside the beltway.