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5.0 out of 5 stars Now THAT's entertainment..., 6 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Invasion (Paperback)
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? The very idea, even if played out as a Hollywood disaster movie, would seem almost impossibly far-fetched before 2001.

In a world that seems more unstable every day, anything could happen, and that, to me, is what Invasion seems to be about. Maybe Europe WILL be an Islamic state one day. OK, 2020 is probably a little soon and maybe not in the way the book describes, but if demographics and immigration statistics are to be believed then it becomes a startling possibility. How long before the Call to Prayer echoes across English cities. Ten years? Twenty? Would AJ Williams (a previous reviewer, who appears not to have read the book at all) bet that it won't happen? Of course not. The biggest mosque in Europe is to be constructed in East London and will hold 70,000 worshippers. What's more frightening? The fact that the government has allowed such a large-scale project funded by a state that sponsors Islamic terrorism (Saudi Arabia) or the fact that East London needs such a large-capacity place of Muslim worship?

Invasion touches on some of these fears but only briefly, as if to set the tone for what's to come. What follows is action and lots of it. And it never lets up. We can debate forever the likelihood of such events as they occur in the book but surely we're missing the point? Is the storyline believable? Yes. Are the characters engaging? Yes. Did I enjoy this book immensely? Yes. Would I recommend it to others? A resounding YES.

For me, that's what good fiction is all about.
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