The Pacific Affair

The Pacific Affair

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Charles Langham becomes the United States most wanted man. Following a presentation to the United Nations, United States President Read dispatches an aircraft carrier to locate and eliminate Charles Langham. The chase is on and tensions increase when the Unites States Aircraft carrier is becalmed at sea. President Read orders his private army to remove Langham from the equation permanently. Langham stands against the might of a nation and uncovers the sinister forces pulling its strings.
Charles Langham becomes America's most wanted man. Billionaire eco-philanthropist Charles Langham see's that the world is in crisis. That we live in a world where greed turns the wheels of state. A world where environmental concerns take a back seat to the vast machine of global commerce. A world where every day a 100 plant and animal species are lost to deforestation and 80,000 acres of tropical rainforest are lost daily. A world where 50% of all species will die out in the next 100 years. Charles Langham is determined to change that.
Charles Langham implores the United Nations General Assembly to take a more active role in combating famine and the deforestation of rain forests, reversing extinction rates, and promoting alternative fuels.
But this environmental plea has teeth. Langham gives the U.N. one week to comply, or he will force their hand.
Anne Langham is attacked at their Amazon reforestation project by former employees of the unscrupulous lumber company they purchased the destroyed land from.
United States President Mike Read, declaring Langham an eco-terrorist, has found the excuse he needs to remove Langham from the equation, permanently. In an attempt to secure his own political future and keep his plans secret, President Read dispatches an Aircraft carrier to track Langham down. When the Aircraft carrier inexplicably becomes becalmed at sea, he sends his private army to eliminate Langham permanently. The chase in on, the thrilling adventure begins. Charles Langham must stand against the might of a nation, and uncover whatever sinister forces pull its strings from the worlds near past of the 1940's.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 354 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 19mm | 352g
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0994129033
  • 9780994129031

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KIRKUS REVIEW September 2014 (Pre-Release) A billionaire's attempts to make profound changes to counter global problems such as climate change are met with severe resistance from the U.S. president in Stephenson's debut thriller. New Zealander Charles Langham, at a United Nations meeting, implores the U.N. to take more active roles in combating famine and the deforestation of rain forests and promoting alternative fuels. This plea includes a vague warning, giving the U.N. a week to comply or Charles will take action. It seems that U.S. President Mike Read, who views Charles as a threat to the American economy, may be the billionaire's biggest adversary. President Read sends a U.S. ship after Charles' superyacht, Sundancer, presumably to attack, and Charles responds by disabling the vessel with an electromagnetic pulse fired from one of his subs. Charles then makes a statement to the public that he plans to use a device to create two tsunamis (designed to inflict only "minor damage")to hit the U.S., but Read soon sends a covert team to eliminate Charles. The novel embraces its climate change message by directly addressing the issue, and its suggested solution-Charles sends specialists to countries to help the people become self-reliant-is both practical and feasible within the novel's context. America initially is the villain, but as the story progresses, it's clear that the true antagonist is President Read, who gradually loses the support of other nations and even his own advisers. The bulk of the novel is essentially a showdown between Read and Charles, who seemingly has enough money and employees to be a viable opponent for a man who leads a country. There's very little suspense, however, as Charles is never in any real danger; he's protected by boats, submarines, "extremely well paid" security teams and a deep-sea HQ. He supplements his story by moving beyond the U.S. situation, including Charles' team making a strike against a drug cartel in Brazil, and spotlighting strong characters-although the book is nearly stolen by Abbey, Charles' border collie, who has more personality than his children, Cathy and Chris. Charles isn't terribly charismatic, but his integrity and seemingly endless resources make for a great read.
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