Forge Books to Release THE NUCLEAR TERRORIST by Robert Gleason
Forge Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, a New York-based publisher of hardcover and trade paperback fiction and non-fiction books, is excited to announce the on-sale availability of a new hardcover and e-book title, The Nuclear Terrorist: His Financial Backers and Political Patrons in the U.S. and Abroad (ISBN 978-0-7653-3812-9; $25.99; April 2014) by nuclear terrorism expert Robert Gleason, the bestselling author of End of Days.
According to Gleason, too many U.S. officials prefer to profit off rogue states instead of opposing their nuclear programs and protecting our country from the very real possibility that terrorists will stage a nuclear bombing on American soil. He takes no prisoners in establishing how time and time again both the Bush and Obama administrations have placed politics and profit margins over public safety: Out of office, Donald Rumsfeld worked for a company that tried to sell nuclear reactors to North Korea; Dick Cheney's firm, Halliburton, helped to build up Iran and Iraq's energy sectors, and President Obama's administration is assisting in efforts to sell high-tech nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia . . . even after his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said rich Saudis were the #1 financiers of al Qaeda-Taliban-style terrorism in the world and fifteen out of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were, of course, Saudis.
The Nuclear Terrorist also details how the government has failed to effectively secure U.S. nuclear power plants. During tests when mock-terrorists attempt to take over nuclear power plants, 50% of the time they succeed, remaining in the control room long enough to melt the plant down. Moreover, Fukushima showed that terrorists don't even have to enter the control room. If they simply blow up the cooling pumps and intake pipes, they will melt down the plant. Nor are the mock-terrorists allowed to mount major 9/11-style attacks with over a dozen people, heavy weapons and the staff is often warned of the attacks in advance.
U.S. nuclear bomb-fuel sites are alarmingly ill-protected. When mock-terrorists attempted to penetrate one of the sites and smuggle out nuclear bomb-fuel, 50% of the time they succeeded despite the fact that the staff is often tipped off in advance. At Los Alamos mock-smugglers once wanted to see how much bomb-fuel they could steal, so they loaded a flatbed Home Depot Garden Cart with canisters of nuclear bomb-fuel and trundled it out of the main gate. In 2012, an 82-year-old nun successfully penetrated and stood openly exposed yet undetected for several hours in front of the main bomb-fuel storage unit, and that is the largest nuclear bomb-fuel storage site in the U.S. Again, the mock-terrorists aren't allowed to mount major 9/11-style attacks with over a dozen people, heavy weapons and the staff is often warned of the attacks in advance. If the U.S. can't secure its own nuclear bomb-fuel, how can Russia, India and Pakistan protect theirs? These are nations rife with corruption.
Furthermore, large, highly sophisticated terrorist cadres are already blowing up parts of Pakistan's nuclear facilities and attacking their largest military bases. What is to stop them from coming to the U.S. and melting down our own big-city nuclear power plants? Next to nothing. As Gleason's book and a recent Pentagon study confirm, U.S. nuclear sites are shamefully ill-protected.
The author also demonstrates that nuclear power reactors can become, with minor modifications, nuclear bomb-fuel factories. Even worse, when extremists have obtained nuclear bomb-fuel, they will find that crude but powerful terrorist nukes are shockingly easy to fabricate. In fact, a large ball of HEU bomb-fuel dropped on a same-size ball from six-feet can produce 50% of the Hiroshima yield. Nor is a crude but powerful version of the Hiroshima bomb that difficult to fabricate.
President Obama has called nuclear terrorism America's most frightening threat, yet few serious books have been written on the subject and the Pentagon does not study it. Gleason uses his years of research and expertise to present a new, unique and highly controversial look at this subject, covering not only the techniques and technology of nuclear attacks, but the no-man's-land between nuclear power and the nuclear bomb, as well as the politicians who profit off the nuclear proliferators.
About the Author:
Robert Gleason, the bestselling author of End of Days, is a highly regarded expert on nuclear terrorism who has worked for 40 years in the New York book industry. An executive editor at Tor/Forge Books, he has published many scientists, politicians and military experts. He starred in and hosted a two-hour History Channel special, Prophets of Doom, which was largely devoted to nuclear terrorism, and has discussed the subject on many national TV/radio talk shows, including The Sean Hannity Show, Lou Dobbs Tonight, and George Noory's Coast to Coast AM. Gleason has also spoken on nuclear terrorism at major universities, including Harvard. For more information, please visit: www.TheNuclearTerrorist.comand www.facebook.com/robertgleasonbooks.
About Forge Books:
Forge Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books, founded in 1993 and committed (although not limited) to thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction and general fiction. Forge includes books by bestselling and critically acclaimed authors such as Douglas Preston, Eric Lustbader, W. Bruce Cameron and Ralph Peters. Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is also the home of award-winning Tor Books, which annually publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single English-language publisher.
The Nuclear Terrorist
By Robert Gleason
Hardcover: 978-0-7653-3812-9 $25.99
E-book: 978-1-4668-3756-0 $12.99
Release date: April 8, 2014