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on 17 February 2016
To say more about the story itself than is said in the synopsis on the product page would present spoilers, so I will not.
It is a, gripping, really well plotted and delivered tale of politics and international intrigue and makes for a great read.
However, to make the tale work, the author has to paint the Palestinian Arab Muslim cause in a good light and paint the Israeli cause in a bad light and this is where it goes wrong for me, becoming quite objectionable in places; the author glorifies the former and demonises the latter, whilst at the same time conflating Jewish and Israeli and, thus, demonising Jews per se.
The potted history of Palestine, Israel, Palestinians and Israelis which comes out of the book ignores many of the important bits and gives a distorted presentation of many others - for just a few examples: contrary to the impression created in the book, a load of Jews did not suddenly turn up in Palestine in 1948, throw all the Arabs out and create Israel - the population of Palestine in 1947 was approximately 30% Jewish, the population of Israel in 2014 was approximately 75% Jewish, with the majority of the remainder being Arab Muslims; from 1947, when the creation of Israel became a certainty, to 1948, when the creation of Israel became a reality, the majority of Palestinian Arab Muslims did not seek to negotiate a modus vivendi with the Palestinian Jews but, instead, signed up to the hyperbole and hate filled rhetoric of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hitler's acolyte and long term house guest, with the aim of exterminating every Jew in Palestine; unlike the Palestinian Arab Muslims who left or were expelled from Israel in 1948 and who have not been assimilated or integrated into the greater Arab world or the Ummah, seven years, let alone 70 years after the event, the more than one million ethnic Greeks expelled from Turkey in 1923, the almost half a million ethnic Turks expelled from Greece in 1923, the almost three million ethnic Germans expelled from the Sudetenland in 1946, the almost two million ethnic Germans expelled from East Prussia in 1945 and so on, were not sitting in refugee camps or temporary enclaves, lobbing rockets into and committing terrorist atrocities in their former homeland, instead, they were assimilated and integrated into their new homeland.
If you are looking for a good fictional read and can remember that it is fictional and not a history lesson, this could be for you; if you might be swayed by the incomplete and distorted history, best give it a miss.
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on 27 February 2013
Inspiring characters..... until you remember you are British and shouldn't be seeing these characters in such a fashion. This is down to the author's ability to give an understanding to things in the news that I just don't get. Highly educational.

A shocking reminder to us all and a great read with brilliant characters
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on 26 August 2014
What a fantastic read, gives you a different prospective on what many people think and goes to show how wrong your views can be at times, a thought provoking read. Well done Mark frankland I very much enjoyed this book
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on 8 February 2013
This was the second of Mark Frankland's books I read and once again found difficulty in putting it down. One really needs to keep reminding oneself that it is a novel...... Having lived in South West Scotland made it all the more real as one identifies with the area. It really is a "must read" book.
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on 16 April 2005
have read all of franklands books, each one just gets better and better. If anyone wants back ground information on the Troubles, drug abuse or the issue of immigration control, these are for you. They are all well researched but it is improtant to remmenber that they ARE novels and should be taken as that.
good , gripping stories which will make you stay up late in to the night reading on!!!
enjoy
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on 13 September 2007
Like all Frankland's books, this is edge-of-the-seat adventure combined with thought-provoking depiction of current events. Yes, the plot is unlikely, this is fiction and a thriller at that. To take the tragedies of events in Palestine and the situation of asylum-seekers and produce an exciting, up-lifting and highly readable novel counts as a real achievement to me.

You have to wonder why other reviewers would bother to condemn every novel by an author as unreadable. If you don't enjoy the first one, why read more?
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on 10 August 2013
This book is a great read. It highlights issues which have an effect on the local inhabitants and the asylum seekers who are placed in their midst, added in to the mix are politics and foreign power struggles. It tells of their plight, aspirations and their wish to survive in their new environment.

I intend to read more of Mark Frankland's books. He seems to be able to grip the reader and hurl them along ordinary people's lives which are affected by unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances beyond their control, and their fight against them.
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on 27 May 2014
have read some of Mark Frankland books before and thought this had an interesting twist. Very good plot and well thought out. Check out his other books including my favourite The Cull
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on 10 November 2014
excellent...brilliant read
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on 1 November 2014
Goodread
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