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A subversive book
on 2 April 2012
Just as thought provoking as the first book in the series. It describes a near future in which the British people decide their representative democracy is irreparably broken and opt for violent regime change. Not how we usually view the phlegmatic British!
It has a revolution being carefully planned to avoid the Arab Spring effect of the new elite being worse than the old one. Set in central London it's very realistically described, full of accidents and errors. As in Triple Ignition, the narrator is looking back from the future and is pretty objective. There are brave people on all sides, and everyone uses dirty tricks. I like the fact that the characters in the first book mature and overcome new obstacles. For me that's a strength, because it gives relief from the violence and makes the narrative more believable.
I've looked at the author's bio, and it looks like he knows what he's talking about regarding weapons. So far as I can see, all his war gadgets would work, since they combine things we already have. Huge crowds co-ordinate themselves into armies using their networked smartphones, sort of mega Flash Mobs. An updated version of Anonymous takes out not just the government's IT, but also its digital communications. The revolutionaries use quadrocopter camera drones for reconnaissance and air cover.
The networked-libertarian post-revolutionary society is very plausible and includes downsides that may give you pause, like loss of privacy. That had me somewhat uneasy.
The book is polarizing; if you're not part of the British or EU political establishment it might give you hope for the future, but if you are, you'll probably hate it!