The Sleeper Cell

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“A terrifying silence is rising in society

A bus is taken hostage by a suicide bomber. A journalist starts to investigate the attack while fear and terror grows in society. But she suddenly stumbles upon a college professor with a hidden past. Is this man a hero or a villain? Will they be able to survive the upcoming terrorist attack?”

«God willing, the Caliphate has been established and we are going to invade you as you invaded us. We will capture your women as you captured our women. We will orphan your children as you orphaned our children.»

2014, Daesh, the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Recently elected the new Portuguese Prime Minister is found dead. At the same time, in Istanbul, Turkey, a journalist is faced with a transcendent life experience. And at Lisbon, panic rises when a bus is taken hostage in the town centre. An extremist terrorist group claims the attack and shows all their strength in a petrifying way.

The country awakens to terror and fear grows in society. An important global event will take place in a few weeks and there are clear evidences that a sleeper cell is waiting to be triggered. Every information matters to the Portuguese Intelligence Services. Especially when Afonso Catalão, a renowned specialist in Political Science and Oriental Studies is compromised.

With a dark past, the professor suddenly finds himself trapped in a strange sequence of events. And that’s exactly when a humble Muslim family of refugees comes into play.

Time matters and Afonso is given only one chance to clear his name: face his past and relive an old passion that left him very close to self-destruction.

With an intimate, sophisticated and elegant style, his traditional hallmark, Nuno Nepomuceno presents The Sleeper Cell. A contemporary novel, where fiction and reality blend together in the strange and terrifying new world that we all live on. A dark, shocking and disturbing psychological thriller that promises to keep you hooked until the end.