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DC Alden
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7 Dec 2006
May 2181: Britain is no more, reduced to a mere satellite state at the far western reaches of the Arabian Empire, a vast domain that stretches from the dark borders of Scotland to the Chinese frontier where war still rages. London is a walled city again, its war-damaged buildings demolished and replaced with bronze statues, marbled mosques and landscaped memorial gardens, all commemorating the end of western civilisation. The city is a hub of Islamic power, a power that enslaves the British people to a life of servitude and confines them to crumbling suburbs outside the city. No-one could have predicted the events that led to the end of this once-great nation. It came out of the blue, on a clear summer's day, over one hundred and sixty years ago ...June 2019: The minutes tick away toward six pm. As commuters stream out of central London a truck idles by the pavement in Whitehall, its cargo bay packed with powerful explosives. A British Airways Airbus, on final approach into Heathrow, is tracked by surface-to-air missiles. In Downing Street, recently-elected Prime Minister Harry Beecham is preparing notes for a diplomatic engagement when he is summoned to an urgent meeting. He's informed by worried security officials that a large number of surveillance targets have suddenly disappeared off the grid. Something was happening, but what? Even as the meeting takes place, thousands of Islamic fighters are quietly taking up positions near military barracks, police stations, government buildings, airports, train stations and hundreds of other targets. They have already received the 'go' signal - now they wait only for the seconds to countdown and the hour to arrive. Then the chaos will surely begin. The face of Europe is about to change, moulded by a series of events that will have global repercussions far into the future...


Product details

  • Paperback: 660 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (7 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905237979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905237975
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,128,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DC Alden is a UK-based thriller writer, filmmaker and screenwriter whose work encompasses a hugely entertaining mix of mystery, conspiracy, action/adventure, political and military/war genres. Born in London, DC's career has encompassed a variety of roles, from soldier to technical consultant, including work on many popular films and TV shows.
After answering a call for former soldiers, he worked for eight months on HBO's Band of Brothers, alongside industry heavyweights such as Tom Hanks, Damien Lewis, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy and James McEvoy. The experience reignited his lifelong passion for film and writing, and a few months later he was enrolled at a London film school. He went on to make a several short films, including a documentary about life on set (Band of Brothers - An Extra's Life), using previously unseen footage. DC has also written, produced and directed the live action trailer for his conspiracy thriller Chosen, and continues to work on various film and literary projects.

For more information please visit the official website at www.dcaldenbooks.com

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Well where to begin? I'm stunned - really I am - because this book is that good. The book proposes, in utterly believable and impeccably researched terms, a fictional Islamic takeover of British society in the near future. Alden makes us believe that this could actually happen by expertly weaving historical facts, fictional but probable scenarios and utterly believable characters, both real and imaginary. What's most memorable about this book is the bold and sympathetic characters from all sides of the great War; whether it's General Mousi, the fearsome Paratrooper tasked with seizing London and the PM, or the British Brigadier who engages on a cat-and mouse style chase with him through the British countryside, desperately trying to get a most un-Blair like and heroic PM to the safety of the Scottish mountains and the growing resistance movement. I've taken a decision to champion this book because I believe it's one of the most significant title's of our times and one that's been overlooked by the mainstream press and reviewers. I'm utterly astonished that it's not been picked up by a major publisher when it clearly warrants and deserves the support of a giant like Pan or Corgi. This is a superb text that could have been written by a Frederick Forsythe or Robert Ludlum. My only criticism is that Alden makes a few minor technical errors on tactics and equipment - but what the hell, we all do - even the so-called experts, so again it's a minor sin in an otherwise mammoth and heroic piece of work. --Steven McLaughlin, Author of Squaddie: A Soldier's Story Mainstream Publishing

This book moves you through it at pace. Tight language, easily digestible scenarios which evolve into a tense plotline that can be believed. I barrelled through this book in about two days, purely because it is so well written. Enjoyable to a fault, it takes you to where the plot plays out and you can visualise the development of each phase. This is the work of someone who understands global trends, campaign management and, above all, the intricacies that can unravel even the most carefully put together plan. Alden writes well and tells it without xenophobic rancour or ideological bent. The Arab spring is mentioned as the start of the unification, the credit crunch referenced as the cause of our long lasting economic woes. There are indicators that could provide the opportunity, as long as the Chinese aren't too powerful too soon, the Russians find their gas supplies are finite and the Americans revert to their isolationist policies. Overall, this is a great read and one to enjoy. Of course I wouldn't want to end on a negative point but you better carry another book with you as you will finish this very quickly, as it's written very well and you don't want to put it down. --ARRSE Army Rumour Service, The UK's largest and busiest UNofficial military website. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Writer and film maker DC Alden was born in London, England. His career has encompassed a variety of roles, from soldier to technical consultant, including work on many popular films and TV shows. He is the author of the military thriller 'Invasion' and the conspiracy thriller 'The Horse at the Gates'. DC still lives in London and is currently working on a range of film and book projects. For more information please visit the official website at www.dcaldenbooks.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning vision of the menace we all face 11 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
Well where to begin? I'm stunned - really I am - because this book is that good. The book proposes, in utterly believable and impeccably researched terms, a fictional Islamic takeover of British society in the near future. Alden makes us believe that this could actually happen by expertly weaving historical facts, fictional but probable scenarios and utterly believable characters, both real and imaginary.

Here's a brief summary of how it all comes about:

In the aftermath of a disastrous Iraq War and increasing turmoil in the Middle East, a charismatic and preternaturally gifted Ayatollah seizes power in Iran. He's a superbly accomplished statesman with the ability to unite and heal the simmering conflicts that have divided Muslim against Muslim for centuries. He's also an incredibly gifted military strategist with the tactical mind of a Napoleon; able to see the world as a giant chess board to be conquered and controlled. Firstly he annexes Iraq, secondly Syria, and before long a new Arabian `Super-state' is spreading alarmingly. He manages to oust the Saudi Royal Family and seizes the oil fields from under a cowed and spiritually defeated America's nose.

But these are only the beginning of his plans...

Over the two decades that it takes for him to build his Arabian Empire he has also astonishingly virtually wiped out terrorism and `modernised' western Islam for the mutual benefit of all. Or so he would wish us to believe. In reality he has spent twenty years scouring the deserts of Afghanistan, Pakistan and other war-torn nations, for broken and embittered victims of western `collateral damage', to go to the UK and become deep-cover `sleeper agents'.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An original, thought-provoking thriller 20 Aug 2007
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I have just finished D C Alden's novel and loved it!

You start the ground running and don't stop - the sense of real time just keeps you racing alongside the characters. The military and geographical descriptions are clearly extensively researched and for me these were the backbone of the visual imagery.

The initial chapter sets the tone. As I read I began to realise that even though on some level throughout I was expecting the 'goodies' to win, it wasn't going to happen. But in the book's culmination with this initial scene, finally in full, we see this new society is also flawed like the British one before it. That although the Arabians had quite probably set out with good intentions - to improve a society losing its way - that the cycle is in fact self perpetuating. And so the next generation secretly seek to improve on the tyranny of the new empire - a society which once again is losing its way. The question to ask is will we ever learn from our mistakes.

The aside observations on how characters arrive at a point in time, their traits and families, their personal lives and issues, all show they are rounded and not simply one dimensional people to be killed off, which in turn makes their demise even more shocking. Even if a reader does not agree with certain aspects, there are still fundamental issues to face: inner city gangs and desecration, a fear to intervene or to question, a loss of patriotism and identity. The incorporation of what is happening around us now, set alongside the effects these events could have on society in the future, from congestion charges to out of control immigration, make this a novel to think about long after you have put it down.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now THAT's entertainment... 6 Feb 2007
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Writing about events in the future is a tough job and not something that I would necessarily attempt, even if I was a writer. Invasion has us believe that the Middle East is now a united force, a super-state with advanced weaponry and cutting edge-technology with not a Burqua in sight. And how is this possible? Well, who knows. But here's what I do know; I don't care. Invasion is an edge-of-the-seat thriller that beats any McNab book that I've read (which is most of them). As a previous reviewer points out (rather unfairly) the plot has holes, but the invasion of Europe is really a back-drop, a stage set for the hunt of the British Prime Minister Harry Beecham and the flight of the other characters as they escape war-torn cities. The scale of the book is impressive: we're transported from London to Paris, from the Syrian Desert to Area 51, from the Atlantic to Scotland - and all the while the story thunders along at a pace rarely seen in such a large novel.

Personally, I don't care if Invasion states the impossible by today's standards: i.e. the unification of the Middle East under a single ruler. Good fiction is about the suspension of what we know and the possibility of what could be. If we don't suspend our belief systems when we read then Science Fiction as a genre would be a dead duck. And if we do focus on reality, who could have predicted the complete and utter collapse of Communism and the Balkans war that followed? Ask any East German living in Berlin in the eighties if they saw what was coming and they would answer with an unequivocal 'Nein'. And two hijacked planes hitting the WTC and their subsequent collapse? Under the noses of the most powerful and technologically sophisticated super-power the world has ever seen?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic book.
I'm usually a ZA reader, but this booked looked to be an interesting read, due to the current political climate. It was a very good book. Read more
Published 14 days ago by ZombieKebab
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent book.....and so possible
Published 1 month ago by david owens
5.0 out of 5 stars A good, but unsettling, read.
A frightening look at a future we could well be stumbling into. Well written and intelligently constructed. I shall continue to follow DC.
Published 2 months ago by Skytriker
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor book.
Interesting plot but thinly written. Characterisation dreadful - the British PM was feebly portrayed. Battle scenes less than engaging. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S Laurie
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
Excellent book. Quite disturbing at times but couldn't put it down until I got to the end. Cannot wait to read another book by this author.
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A really good read and more worringly, highly likely to be prophetic- a chilling prospect.
Published 2 months ago by Alan B
5.0 out of 5 stars It's happening now!
How did DC Alden know what was going to happen? Todays news is all about a threatened Islamic invasion of vast swathes of the world. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting but frustrating
A very good read but I found it completely one sided and because of that I couldn't give it the maximum rating.
Published 2 months ago by Phil
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