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The Islamic group Mudjahidins for the Right Faith invades the Russian Embassy in Sofia during a celebration of “Victory Day,” May 9, 1996. They ask for the immediate release of about a hundred of their followers, who are imprisoned in different parts of the world, or the hostages will be killed. In a hasty race against time, the investigating journalist Teodor Hristakiev attempts to avert tragedy by getting into a battle with the terrorists and their powerful patrons from the intelligence agencies.
Terrorists read novels, too.
As if to prove that sometimes life imitates even the strangest of stories, only a few months after the novel was published, militants from the Marxist group Tupak Amaru occupied the Japanese Embassy in the Peruvian capital Lima during an official reception on September 17, 1996. The real-life drama closely resembles the novel even in the way the military eventually neutralized the terrorists after a couple of months.