Richard A. Clarke, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and Former Official in the White House, the State Department and the Pentagon, to Publish Debut Novel

New York Times bestselling author and an official in the White House, the State Department and the Pentagon for three decades, has written a cutting-edge geopolitical thriller about war in the Middle East and political intrigue back home. Publisher of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), acquired world rights to Mr. Clarke’s yet-to-be titled first novel from literary agent Len Sherman.

G.P. Putnam’s Sons will publish the book in hardcover in Fall 2005, with Berkley publishing the paperback edition in 2006. Putnam is also the publisher of, among others, New York Times bestselling authors Tom Clancy, W.E. B. Griffin and Clive Cussler.

Mr. Nyren commented, “I’m tremendously excited to be publishing Richard Clarke’s novel. It reminds me of when I first read The Hunt for Red October – – the extraordinary wealth of inside knowledge, combined with a swift, sure writing style. It’s going to make quite an impact!”

Mr. Clarke said, “Fiction can often tell the truth better than nonfiction; characters and plot can drive home that truth to the reader more effectively than cold facts and analysis. And there is a lot of truth that needs to be told, about the threat from terrorism and our response to it, both as a nation and as individuals. I am delighted to join the top-flight team at Putnam to tell this story. It is a story I think America needs to hear, and a story I am excited to tell.”

Terrorism, intelligence failures, weapons of mass destruction, bureaucratic infighting, personal and professional loyalties, courage, integrity and the clash of cultures — all these come to life in a book that is both a fast-paced action thriller and a thought-provoking reflection on critical personal and political questions.

It is a book filled with the verisimilitude that can only come from someone who has actually lived through similar struggles. During the course of Mr. Clarke’s remarkable career, he has traveled throughout the Middle East and has been inside the region’s palaces, military bases and intelligence centers, where he has met with sultans, soldiers and spies. These experiences lend visceral authenticity to the characters, settings and plot lines.

Richard A. Clarke is the author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling nonfiction book, Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror. He was a member of the Senior Executive Service in Washington until March 2003, having begun his career in federal service in 1973 as an analyst on nuclear weapons and European security issues in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

In the Reagan administration, Mr. Clarke was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence. In George H.W. Bush’s administration, he was Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs and a member of the National Security Counter-terrorism staff. Mr. Clarke served for eight years as a Special Assistant to President Clinton and served as National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism for both President Clinton and President George W. Bush. From 2001 to 2003, he was the Special Advisor to the President for Cyberspace Security and Chairman of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board. He is now Chairman of Good Harbor Consulting.

Source: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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