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To the Happy Few: A story of death, love, and loss in the Sudan

“It’s a rip snorting good story with the vivid raciness of a James Bond adventure, a thought-provoking reminder of Islamic diversity, and a multifaceted portrait of Foreign Service life. I gulped it down and was entertained, informed, and regretful when it was over.”
George Vest, former Director General of the Foreign Service

The plot in brief: Joshua Chamberlain is the newly arrived deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum. Civil war rages between northern Muslim Arabs and southern Christians. Radicals scheme to seize power—menacing Egypt and Saudi Arabia—possibly tilting the strategic balance of the Arab world against the West. Amidst increasing violence, Chamberlain, a former Marine, and Sally Tolson, the ambassador’s staff assistant, confront powerful unseen enemies . . . with help from “the White Cowrie” and unexpected friends.

Hume Horan, a former career Foreign Service officer, served as U.S. ambassador to Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea. He has generously donated a supply of his novel to ADST, with all proceeds earmarked for the benefit of ADST’s diplomatic book publishing program.

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by Hume Horan
Washington, DC: Electric City Press, 1996
270 pp
Paperback $16.00

"A potent combination of political intrigue and psychological drama [that] raises inevitable comparisons with the master himself, John Le Carre."
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Naifeh