(The Wrath of God)
Mayak nuclear complex, Russia.
A truck arrives deep in the night at the site. The Russian guards at the gates are killed and the truck breaks into the complex with a Chechen commando in the cargo. The intruders reach the nuclear storage and disappear in the night with two boxes of Highly Enriched Uranium (EHU).
Humankind’s new nightmare begins.
World famous cryptanalyst Tomás Noronha is on holidays in the Azores islands when he is approached by Frank Bellamy, the head of CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology. Bellamy is convinced Tomás’ talents, especially his knowledge of Islam, are crucial assets to decipher a mysterious Al-Qaeda message recently intercepted by the CIA.
Ahmed ibn Barakah is a pious Egyptian boy. His mosque’s mullah, sheikh Saad, explains to the boy the peaceful, tolerant nature of Islam. Ahmed also attends a moderate madrassa in Cairo, but his new teacher for Islamic studies, a man called Ayman bin Qatada, introduces him to a new Islam, full of jihad and hatred for the infidels. Ahmed’s soul is fought over by his two teachers, the moderate Saad and the radical Ayman.
Ayman reminds him that Allah specifically tells believers in the Koran to “slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush (Koran, 9:5)” and quotes the prophet Muhammad as saying “I descended by Allah with the sword in my hand, and my wealth will come from the shadow of the sword. And the one who will disagree with me will be humiliated and persecuted.”
Ahmed will obey these divine orders.
The Wrath of God is a novel about the world we live in. All information regarding nuclear bombs and all religious quotes within it are genuine. In this book we go through the radical’s reading of the Koran and their understanding of Muhammad’s example to perceive their agendas and comprehend their motivations. Through the life of Ahmed we enter into the world of Islamic radicals and are in a better position to understand who they are, what they want and how big a threat they represent.
The Wrath of God was reviewed by a former Al-Qaeda operative