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The Infernal - A Novel-logo

The Infernal - A Novel

Mark Doten

In the early years of the Iraq War, a severely burned boy appears on a remote rock formation in the Akkad Valley. A shadowy, powerful group within the U.S. government speculates: Who is he? Where did he come from? And, crucially, what does he know? In pursuit of that information, an interrogator is summoned from his prison cell, and a hideous and forgotten apparatus of torture, which extracts "perfect confessions," is retrieved from the vaults. Over the course of four days, a cavalcade of voices rises up from the Akkad boy, each one striving to tell his or her own story. Some of these voices are familiar: Osama bin Laden, L. Paul Bremer, Condoleezza Rice, Mark Zuckerberg. Others are less so. But each one has a role in the world shaped by the war on terror. Each wants to tell us: This is the world as it exists in our innermost selves. This is what has been and what might be. This is The Infernal.

In the early years of the Iraq War, a severely burned boy appears on a remote rock formation in the Akkad Valley. A shadowy, powerful group within the U.S. government speculates: Who is he? Where did he come from? And, crucially, what does he know? In pursuit of that information, an interrogator is summoned from his prison cell, and a hideous and forgotten apparatus of torture, which extracts "perfect confessions," is retrieved from the vaults. Over the course of four days, a cavalcade of voices rises up from the Akkad boy, each one striving to tell his or her own story. Some of these voices are familiar: Osama bin Laden, L. Paul Bremer, Condoleezza Rice, Mark Zuckerberg. Others are less so. But each one has a role in the world shaped by the war on terror. Each wants to tell us: This is the world as it exists in our innermost selves. This is what has been and what might be. This is The Infernal.
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In the early years of the Iraq War, a severely burned boy appears on a remote rock formation in the Akkad Valley. A shadowy, powerful group within the U.S. government speculates: Who is he? Where did he come from? And, crucially, what does he know? In pursuit of that information, an interrogator is summoned from his prison cell, and a hideous and forgotten apparatus of torture, which extracts "perfect confessions," is retrieved from the vaults. Over the course of four days, a cavalcade of voices rises up from the Akkad boy, each one striving to tell his or her own story. Some of these voices are familiar: Osama bin Laden, L. Paul Bremer, Condoleezza Rice, Mark Zuckerberg. Others are less so. But each one has a role in the world shaped by the war on terror. Each wants to tell us: This is the world as it exists in our innermost selves. This is what has been and what might be. This is The Infernal.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Neil Shah

Length:

11h 53m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

16:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

14:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

33:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:50


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

34:20


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

46:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

18:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:15


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

40:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

21:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:47


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

54:58


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

13:10


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

26:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

18:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

25:16


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

18:08


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

35:23


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:43


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:32


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:25


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

15:02


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:01


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

18:15


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

24:40


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

01:40


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:37


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

17:44


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

15:31