Matt Ruff's The Mirage: A Novel PDF

By Matt Ruff

ISBN-10: 0061976229

ISBN-13: 9780061976223

A mind-bending novel during which an alternative historical past of Sept. 11 and its aftermath uncovers startling truths approximately the United States and the center East

11/9/2001: Christian fundamentalists hijack 4 jetliners. They fly into the Tigris & Euphrates international alternate Towers in Baghdad, and a 3rd into the Arab protection Ministry in Riyadh. The fourth aircraft, believed to be certain for Mecca, is introduced down by way of its passengers.

The United Arab States pronounces a conflict on Terror. Arabian and Persian troops invade the japanese Seaboard and identify a eco-friendly sector in Washington, D.C. . . .

Summer, 2009: Arab fatherland safety agent Mustafa al Baghdadi interrogates a captured suicide bomber. The prisoner claims that the area they're residing in is a mirage—in the genuine international, the USA is a superpower, and the Arab states are only a set of "backward third-world countries." A seek of the bomber's condo turns up a duplicate of The manhattan Times, dated September 12, 2001, that looks to aid his declare. different captured terrorists were telling an identical tale. The president desires solutions, yet Mustafa quickly discovers he's no longer the one social gathering.

The gangster Saddam Hussein is accomplishing his personal research. And the top of the Senate Intelligence Committee—a warfare hero named Osama bin Laden—will cease at not anything to conceal the reality. As Mustafa and his colleagues enterprise deeper into the unsettling global of terrorism, politics, and espionage, they're faced with questions with none rational solutions, and the terrifying chance that their global isn't what it seems.

Acclaimed novelist Matt Ruff has created a shadow global that's eerily recognizable yet, while, virtually unbelievable. Gripping, subversive, and suddenly relocating, The Mirage probes our inner most convictions and so much arresting fears.

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The place the Kiwis wanted to destroy. When they failed – at least we assumed they failed, because we’d never seen them again and there was no obvious damage to the place – when they failed, we’d had a go. And got absolutely nowhere. I wasn’t surprised now, seeing it from the inside. It looked a hell of a lot bigger from the middle. Well, we were in the middle of it, no doubt about that. Fair and square in the middle. And no way in the world did I want to be there. 36 Chapter Five I went a bit crazy with fear when I realised.

I was scared of staying too long but I didn’t want to go back to the others empty-handed either. In the corner an open door showed the way to a little kitchenette, so I ducked in there and opened the fridge. Even it was clean and neat, but crammed with goodies. Fresh food was one of our major dreams, a fullon fantasy for us all, so I loaded up with everything I could carry that wouldn’t leave conspicuous gaps in the shelves. ‘They’ll think they’re knocking off each other’s stuff,’ I figured. ’ I got an avocado, some cheese, a small rock-melon, a bag of rocket and other greens, and some stuff that looked like rissoles and smelt like fish.

Lee and Homer were asleep, stretched out near him. It was the first rest we’d allowed ourselves since being dumped in the hangar. We wouldn’t have taken that if we hadn’t been desperate, suffering from sleep deprivation. I took one more look at them, then closed the door of the van and went back to the lookout point. I was officially on sentry but Fi and I were sharing our turns, because neither of us could sleep. We were only doing an hour each anyway, as a four-hour break was all we could afford.

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