I Am the Famous Carlos
The Story of Carlos the Jackal, The World's First Celebrity Terrorist
An Audiobook Original
He was the most wanted man in the world. Carlos the Jackal, the Venezuelan-born terrorist, carried out a wave of attacks across Europe in the 1970s and 1980s. A ruthless self-proclaimed revolutionary, he claimed to fight for the Palestinian cause and communist ideology, but also worked as a mercenary for rogue regimes and organizations. After bursting onto the world stage with the 1975 OPEC siege in Vienna, where he took 60 hostages and killed three people, he eluded capture for two decades. Finally arrested in a daring raid in Sudan in 1994, he was brought to justice in France where he is serving three life sentences for his reign of terror. Written in narrative style, I Am the Famous Carlos tells the compelling story of how a pudgy Caracas schoolboy became the world's first celebrity terrorist.
"Corruption, greed, murder and ultimately, healing."
"A well-plotted and researched thriller that contains a few good laughs."
"A mid-novella twist ratchets up the danger and suspense to wonderfully excruciating levels."
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"A twisty tale of betrayal."
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"I loved reading every second of this novella."
"The writing is fantastic and the plot fascinating."
"Fabulous settings in Venezuela, Colombia, Miami and more."
"The characters are complex and well-written; the prose is subtly poetic and altogether beautiful."
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"Fluidly poetic, dialogue spot on."
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"Great storytelling, great suspense, great characters."
"Hoag is a talented writer."
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