The Circle of Sodom

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Contemporary,20th Century (multiple decades)

Pat Mullan

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A cult leader, a militia commander and a mad senator join forces to overthrow the U.S. government - only one man can prevent the first coup d'etat in American history! A dark secret from the past threatens to expose a four-star US General. Owen MacDara was there and he must die.


Political, Suspense/Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime

Short Summary

In this political thriller, Owen MacDara is a self-made millionaire with a high-powered consulting company. But there is something in his past life as a medical intern who served in Korea which is killing his old friends he served with in that conflict.

This is a thriller that exposes a threat on the Presidency, a dangerous cult that crosses continents, a right wing militia bent on revolution. All reach a high-octane conclusion, with bravery, self-sacrifice, delivering an exciting conclusion.


Korea, New York, Washington, Gloucester (Ma), Langley (Virginia), Charleston (S Carolina). Connemara (Ireland). Tennessee, Florida. Seoul (Korea), Chetecamp (Nova Scotia), Los Angeles, Baton Rouge. London, Virginia

Based on a True Story


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Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Owen MacDara

Age: 38

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Confident, Decisive, Educated, Patriotic, Perseverance, Skillful,Masculine,Skillful,Confident,Patriotic,Decisive,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Honorable David Anthony Llewellyn Thackeray

Age: 43

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Skillful, Visionary, Villainous, Complex, Confident, Narcissistic, Secretive, Sophisticated, Aggressive, Educated, Manipulative, Power-hungry,Lone Wolf,Manipulative,Sophisticated,Narcisstic,Complex,Confident,Criminal,Decisive,Visionary,Educated,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: General Zachary Walker

Age: 51

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Honorable, Leader, Patriotic, Unapologetic, Aggressive, Educated, Empathetic, Faithful, Skillful,Masculine,Confident,Faithful,Skillful,Patriotic,Decisive,Strong Moral Code,Leader,Educated,Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Senator Sumner Hardy

Age: 68

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Patriotic,Blunt,Power Hungry,Decisive,Educated,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Leader,Outspoken

Development Pitch

THE CIRCLE OF SODOM is compelling. It's a political thriller that happens to be timely. And timeless. It's a classic page-turner and almost comes across as though it had been adapted from a screenplay In the prologue we find an Army Colonel having some sort of bizarre surgery via a MASH unit it Korea (1975) whose only witness is Owen MacDara who is forced to keep the surgery a secret. As the novel begins, we have moved twenty years forward (1975 + 20 = 1995) where MacDara is the head of a financial consulting firm. His Army buddies start getting knocked off and suddenly MacDara is flooded with memories from his days in Korea (a la MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE.) As you can imagine, the conspiracy builds and builds and eventually finds its way to the President (of course), ultimately posing the greatest threat to the American Government that we have ever seen (okay, at least in the top ten.) Now, if you're not into thrillers, this sounds sorta goofy. But it's not--it's engrossing. I'll admit the book has its usual share of thriller-esque elements (the hot sex ; the close getaways that even James Bond might second-guess, etc.) But remember, these elements (almost) always exist in this genre and you have accept them and let them unfold accordingly. With all that in consideration, this book is an even mix of Crichton and Clancy and written equally as well. It's a classic page-turner and almost comes across as though it had been adapted from a screenplay. It's was a guilty read for m

About The Author

Pat Mullan is a member of International Thriller Writers. His thriller novels, poetry, and short stories are published in the US, Ireland, and the UK. He was one of fifty Irish writers chosen by Oxygen Books in the UK for inclusion in 'City-Pick DUBLIN', published to mark Dublin being chosen as UNESCO'S City of Culture for 2010. His short story, Galway Girl, was short-listed for Galway’s WOW Awards. He has published five thriller novels : The Circle of Sodom, Blood Red Square, Last Days of the Tiger, Creatures of Habit, and A Deadly Gamble. The Circle of Sodom, his first novel, received two nominations, one for Best First Novel and one for Best Suspense Thriller, at the Love Is Murder conference in Chicago. You can read more about him on his website:

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Athry House Books

Year Published: 2014

Hard Copy Available




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