One night in 2000, veteran journalist Tracy Dahlby blundered on board an Indonesian passenger ship carrying six hundred Islamic warriors on an anti-Christian holy war. Once a fabled destination for European merchants, the Spice Islands had become the bull's-eye for jihadis looking to transport their destructive passions into a sprawling, porous, virtually lawless region. In October 2003, similar passions hit the resort island of Bali, where nightclub bombings killed 202 people, mainly foreign tourists. An exhilarating reporting adventure, Allah's Torch illuminates an exotic corner of the globe, revealing both its inescapable charms and pockets of Islamic rage that, as the repeat attack on Bali in late 2005 chillingly illustrates, pose an ongoing threat to global stability and America's vital interests.
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