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An original, thought-provoking thriller
on 20 August 2007
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.
I am not sure why some reviewers seem to believe work based on truth and thriller writing are mutually exclusive. Why right a thesis when a point can be made in far more exciting ways. They have clearly missed the entire point of this novel - that hints at truth are often more scary than fiction - especially triffids!
Fantastic! - How long do we have to wait for D C Alden's next novel?