The Machiavelli Covenant by Allan Folsom

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For five hundred years a despotic order of the supremely rich and powerful has kept a little known manuscript by the political thinker Niccolo Machiavelli hidden away under heavy guard: THE COVENANT, a terrifying blueprint for the gaining and keeping of true political power. Bonded by complicity in ritual murder and dedicated to a singular vision of global domination, the group, guided by Machiavelli's document, has prospered far beyond any dreams of power and avarice.
In Washington, D.C., former LAPD detective Nicholas Marten comes out of hiding when he learns his former girlfriend, her child and husband, a U.S. congressman, have been mysteriously murdered. Marten discovers her husband had just uncovered a top-secret and illegal bioweapons program, and when the feds fail to investigate, Marten resolves to go after the killers himself.
Meanwhile, on his way to a NATO summit in Warsaw, President John Henry Harris is confronted by a secret cabal inside his own White House who demand he authorize the assassinations of the Chancellor of Germany and the President of France at the NATO meeting. He angrily refuses, knowing full well that in doing so he has put his own life and the fate of the country in jeopardy.
Fleeing for his life, Harris joins forces with Marten and the beautiful but enigmatic French photo-journalist Demi Picard. Together they uncover the truth about the most devastating and powerful group the world has ever known. Swept from Washington to Paris, from Berlin to Malta, Madrid to Barcelona they flee a ruthless circle of the president's here-to-fore most trusted advisors, military leaders and transnational corporate chieftains all of whom want them dead. Out manned, outnumbered and outgunned, these three stand alone against the age-old secrets of THE COVENANT.


About Allan Folsom

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ALLAN FOLSOM is the New York Times bestselling author of The Day After Tomorrow and The Day of Confession. He lives in California.
Published December 26, 2006 by Forge Books. 705 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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But one thing President John Henry Harris does know is that no matter how useful in the war against terrorism the act is purported to be, he’s not about to issue orders for the assassinations of the president of France or the chancellor of Germany.

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Nicholas Marten, the ex-LAPD detective who played a major role in Folsom's The Exile (2004), pursues an international conspiracy in this frenetic page-turner long on action but short on plausibility.

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Nicholas is determined to find this man and when the DC police escort him to the airport, instead of flying back to England, Nicholas is en route to the island of Malta.

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Reviewing the Evidence

He does, however, meet Marten across the woman's corpse and it is fortunate for him that he does since, after a clashing of circumstances where he refuses to authorise the killing of the Chancellor of Germany and the President of France, Harris feels he must flee the dubious comforts of the White...

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The book jumped from character to character, which in some cases is annoying and confusing, but in this novel, it was done with expert precision, and added to the intensity of the novel.

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