You will need to take a deep breath after each chapter to get ready for the next. Robert Ludlum, author of 29 novels, published in 32 languages and 32 countries with more than 210 million copies in print, here tells a story about terrorism, woven around Evan Kendrick, a quiet, intensely moral american congressman. He ousted the former congressman who had been lining his pockets and doing nothing else, out of office with money and his big mouth. Evan had made it real big in the emirates some 12 years back, with the help of Emmanuel Weingrass(Manny), an old Israeli and architect extra-ordinaire, and some other brilliant young men. They built everything, from water systems to bridges, housing projects, to airfields. They were known as the Kendrick group. Evan had to sell out the company because there had been an accident. The accident had claimed the lives of over seventy people, including all Evan's partners, employees, their wives and kids, everyone of them except Evan and Manny who had been trying on clown costumes outside the shell which collapsed .Now Evan is going back to Oman where over 200 americans are being held hostage. Something has to be done fast. One false move and all the hostages die. Tension mounts on all sides. How Evan intends to put a stop to this madness, the CIA, the FBI and the young sultan of Oman, Ahmat, do not know.They doubt his coming out alive. But Evan knows. He must reach the one responsible, and kill him.
He is the same one responsible for that accident that claimed the lives of alll his loved ones. He is the Mahdi. Evan impersonates a dead arab terrorist, Amal Bahrudi, whose death is still being kept secret and he is planted in jail amongst other terrorists. Almost giving up reaching the Mahdi, after the loss of several lives, friends and enemies alike, he is kidnapped by the Mahdi. He only escapes death by Weingrass' coming to the rescue.The Mahdi eliminated, Evan goes back quietly to colorado with Manny.The hostages are released and their captors eliminated.The young Sultan, Ahmat, his american wife, Robbie, and the mystery woman Khalehla(who later got romantically involved with Kenderick) and oher peace loving arabs can now rest their oars. Peace returns, but only for a while as Somebody leaks it to the whole world that the quiet congressman is the hero of Oman. New terror is unleashed as arab terrorists call for the head of the traitor who had used them....................................Little did Evan know that he was being set up by a group of five rich, powerful people to become the Vice president of the United states.