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Fictional Fast Paced Dystopian Thriller
on 6 December 2015
Flashback takes place in a dystopian future where the USA has declined and disintegrated, extreme Islamic Caliphates and reactionary new Japanese feudal powers are the major forces carving up chunks of Europe, America and China between them. Many of the inhabitants of the much reduced United States are in thrall to a new drug which allows them to dream away their lives reliving their favoured past experiences in vivid detail. The catalysts for this distasteful and not too distant future being: out of control national debt and appeasement. Debt being blamed on welfare or social spending and the appeasement of extreme Islamic nations taking the blame for the destruction of Western culture. Some might find this a bit right wing and some of the content offensive or even alarmist. If it provokes debate, that's no bad thing, is it?
Now, I must be clear, as a liberal, socialist British person, I do fundamentally disagree with the basic premise.
But, I'm still giving this work 4 stars. Why? Because I read it as one man's extrapolation of current events as a basis for describing one of many possible futures.
What I read was another fast paced, detailed, gripping tale from a master story teller. There isn't a dull moment, the characters are well drawn, the action had me on the edge of my seat, there is tension, suspense, angst, a classically flawed tragic hero and whatever else you need packed into a successful thriller. I don't have to agree with the premise this particular reality is built on. This is fiction. Really well crafted fiction and I enjoyed it very much.