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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Acclaimed Books (19 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956534228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956534224
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,037,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For a few years now I have followed the careers of Jack Everett & David Coles and have thoroughly enjoyed all of their works but with Jihad-Britain they have excelled themselves. I would not have believed that anyone could have brought back the emotion of 9/11-watching the TV as people hurled themselves from the twin towers or as Police and Fire officers emerged from the wreckage covered in soot and smoke- but this book does that. The fact that it all takes place on the other side of the pond is immaterial, explosions are followed by falling buildings-St.Paul's Cathedral- and a death count beyond imagining and it brings home the horror of the moment as if it was yesterday. Yet this is only the opening sequence the book goes on to examine and test the actions of the few, the reasons why the bombers did so. It follows these individuals along with and hand in glove with the people directly concerned: the fall of the British Government, the appointment of a totally new political party, the little matter of choosing an island prison much as Guantanamo and the repatriation of Muslims wishing to leave the country for thir own safety. But this is not just a book about death and religious hatred it is a story of hope of how mixed cultures can fight together in the face of adversity; it shows that there can be heroes regardless of skin color or religious belief. In one strand of the book I got carried along with a self-employed electrician who-surrounded by hate and violence-escapes with his family only a few miles but to virtually a new world. This book is multi-stranded and is full of little gems. I recommend it to anyone. --Gyle Meredon

About the Author

David Coles first began writing fantasy and science fiction - encouraged by his parents condemning it as utter rubbish. He is proud to have attended workshops run by both of the UK writers, Terry Pratchett and the late David Gemmel, a process requiring late nights and copious alcohol. Jack Everett is author and co-author of a number of fantasy & science fiction, crime and thriller novels. Some are published, some are in progress and others remain between the ears as it were. Jack and David are the same age, though neither really wants to remember how long ago they started writing together. Together they have explored the local stars, killed off Romans by the legion and discovered Merlin's last resting place - and invented enough plots to bring happiness to an army of conspiracy theorists.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gobberz on 24 April 2014
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An excellent book that has lots of political intrigue and action. Brings in a government that brings in sweeping change after terrorist attacks, and is a book that shows how Britain would cope with a massive terrorist attack and a natural disaster.

The book was really well written, and I suppose I would have liked to have known, what had happened at the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zardex on 23 Mar. 2014
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I want to read the follow up! Bring on the Empire! Great book could not put it down . 5 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen O. on 28 Feb. 2014
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When reading this thriller I was impressed by the story’s evolution. The readers not only learn what happens at New Year; they also learn why some of the terrorists started to be trained and to put their evil deeds into action. We also learn what the new Prime Minister, Francis D. Raike is up to – regarding the national safety. The characters are realistic and believable with all their flaws. The story is is best read at a slow pace, which is good, given the alternating locales and protagonists. The story drew me in, making it difficult to put the book away between chapters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on 10 Jan. 2011
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I knew when I started reading 1/1: Jihad Britain that it would not be bedtime reading. The story teeters on the edge of reality and imagination, and of what could be our worst nightmares.
The story is set in Britain in the very near future, and the specters of global warming and terrorist plots at their worst. After a New Year's terrorist attack on Britain that surpasses anything the world has seen so far, the country is thrown into political and civil upheaval. A new political party is created with radical solutions to the problems of immigration and the divisiveness created by clashing cultures and religious views.
In spite of the fanaticism of the terrorists, and the extreme reactions of the British "powers that be," I was struck by the way the authors created characters who exhibited a true sense of humanity. They showed that even in the worst of circumstances, peoples act for the greater good.
And it left me with the question I always have when reading a good book: What could happen next?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Evans on 31 Dec. 2010
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REVIEW BY GERALDINE EVANS

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it impossible to put down and really wanted to know what happened next. The action moves from country to country in the build-up to the 1/1 New Year terrorist tragedies. With thousands dead at the hands of Islamic fundamentalists, the UK government has no answers. We watch as the Islamic fanatics plot more terror. It is time for a new party, a radical party, the Independents, led by Francis Raike, who promises Draconian laws to deal with those bringing terror to the land.

But with its new laws, from the annulment of the Human Rights Act, the split from the EU, the reintroduction of the death penalty and the repatriation of disaffected immigrants, Francis Raike and his team are gradually getting to grips with a country in turmoil.

But then the terrorists pose a new and more terrible threat that will devastate a large part of the country. Can the government catch the perpetrators before it's too late?

I found this a fast-moving, up-to-the-minute, thriller that posed questions asked by many of us. This is a novel that deals realistically - if frighteningly - with an all-too-modern problem. I enjoyed it very much and heartily recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adele Abbot on 25 Dec. 2010
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This book takes the reader on a whirlwind ride through the minds of two terrorists who have bombed large parts of the UK and examines the thoughts of the new Prime Minister, his girlfriend and his cabinet colleagues. It is a fascinating and gripping process as we -the readers- are whisked from the inside of 10 Downing Street to the breeding places of Alquaeda to the house of a working man caught up in the troubles. Love and pathos are served up in unequal measures as villains become heroes and are rewarded highly.
A must read, well recommended.
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