In this first book of a trilogy, Jeremiah is a modern-day terrorist with an agenda — to fracture the United States along its existing racial, religious, economic and political fault lines. Jeremiah claims to be a prophet called by God to denounce the evils of a sinful nation. The terrorist launches murderous attacks against carefully selected targets in an effort to undermine the nation’s legal system, economy and political structure.
Jeremiah makes skillful use of the Internet to preach and proselytize. However, television is the main medium for his message. The unwilling messenger is Laura Delaney, the brainy, beautiful anchor of a popular news magazine show. Jeremiah gives Laura advance notice of his attacks and calls in his rationale during the show. Off the air, he stalks Laura obsessively and irrationally, wanting her love and endorsement.
Jeremiah urges his followers to migrate to the upper Midwest and establish “New America” based on instructions set forth in The Book of Second Jeremiah. He blackmails the federal government by threatening to explode a nuclear bomb stolen from Russia. Spearheading the government effort to capture Jeremiah is FBI agent Steve Wallace, who loves and protects Laura. Can Steve and Laura thwart Jeremiah’s plan, or will the terrorist successfully manipulate deep-seated divisions within the nation?
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