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Worth its four stars.
on 9 January 2017
Not a bad story at all. Set in 2029, it throws up the spectre of a possible future ruled by strict Muslim Sharia Law and it is well thought out if somewhat lacking in technical knowledge. The Normans were the last race to successfully invade Britain and I tend to think, even in the light of our currently reduced military status, that an invading army would have a much tougher time of it than depicted here.
However that is not to detract from a well-written book that holds the attention and fires the imagination. It does paint an unremittingly gloomy picture of life 200 years hence when the country still suffers beneath the shackles of hard line Muslim rule but throws in a spark of hope with the beginnings of a rebellion against the Caliphate.
I rather liked the idea of a new Hadrian's Wall to keep the marauding Muslim army out of Scotland. Shades of the Roman Empire being shut out by the troublesome Picts.
Worth four stars.