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9/11 meets Philip K. Dick's 'The Man In The High Castle',
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A clever idea, essentially 9/11 meets Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle (Penguin Modern Classics), and a not unreasonable ending either. Some of the characters were a little 2D but some of the criticism I have seen that the Arab characters were too Western in view misses the point. The alternate reality depicts a world where a unified Arabia has become the world's dominant power but is fighting its own war own very different War on Terrorism. The Arabs themselves have evolved their own forms of democracy, capitalism and yes, levels of secularism. They are a very different range of people - though one or two figures, as the story pounds home, remain their same evil selves in both universes.
A great premise and an entertaining read but it tried too hard to leverage in just too many challenging characters, such as Timothy McVeigh and David Koresh, into thoughtful roles that stretched credibility just that little bit too far.