Bill Gates Puts Author Robert Cook’s Patriot & Assassin on Summer Reading List

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Thriller novel from gold medal author is selected by inventor, philanthropist.

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It is a special honor to be included in such a respected and heavily followed reading list.

As recently reported by Huffington Post, inventor and philanthropist Bill Gates has posted his summer reading list that includes “Patriot & Assassin,” a thriller novel by gold medal author Robert Cook.

This fast-paced paced national security thriller is available for purchase HERE in both paperback and Kindle editions.

“It is a special honor to be included in such a respected and heavily followed reading list,” said novelist Robert Cook. “I’m hoping Bill enjoys getting to know my protagonist, Alex ‘Cooch’ Cuchulain. Alex is a most unusual killer, with a bent towards Wall Street and special ops warfare. The education back story should get his attention.”

Cook develops Alex Cuchulain as a Muslim executive who uses both his knowledge of Islam and his Irish-American heritage to begin to bring a better life to the masses of the Middle East, using the lessons of the Enlightenment as applied to educating the Muslim masses, boosted by technology and applied violence. Earlier in his life, Cooch was a CIA-sponsored special-ops warrior. Cooch and his team are sent to crimp terrorists’ plans. His allies include a Rhodes Scholar former Seal, a former Marine sniper and a foul-mouthed, scary smart, female physicist who has developed the world’s most sophisticated intelligence system.

The protagonist is a violent man with a unique set of learned qualities. His father is a wheelchair-bound former Marine and Medal of Honor winner who gives his son advice as to how to survive in a violent world. His mother is the daughter of a Bedouin sheikh who sent her young son off during many of his summer breaks to experience and learn the Bedouin life. The combination of a very young start in learning the art and craft of violence, combined with a thirst for knowledge drives him to become both a noted designer and user of explosives, an effective executive based in Tangier and an expert in Islamic affairs.    

Violent, yet thoughtful, Patriot & Assassin represents the best in fast-moving, popular thrillers.

About Robert Cook

Robert Cook is a shooter, soldier, entrepreneur, philanthropist, venture capitalist, vintner and now author. A United States Army Vietnam veteran, he attained the rank of Major and holds the parachutists badge, Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

Mr. Cook is an active philanthropist. He endowed the Robert E. Cook Honors College of Indiana University of Pennsylvania that was recently covered in Donald Asher's book, “Cool Colleges for the Hyper Intelligent, Late Blooming and Just Plain Different.” He is currently active in its support, particularly for Achievement Funds used for assistance in study abroad and supporting low-paying, but valuable, internships.

Cook was named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Metropolitan Washington, DC Region in 1987.

Originally of Altoona, Pennsylvania, Cook holds a BS in Mathematics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the George Washington University.

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