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Posted April 19, 2012
Posted November 1, 2011
This is a MUST-READ !!! I have not read such an intelligent thriller in a long time. It presents a what-if situation with fairness to all sides, and makes us all ask, what would we do if such a thing happened? It begins with a terrorist plot and the reaction of the population. There is the mystery of who did it, but also the very believable reaction of the population to be dealt with. I had no trouble with the timeline, as there were references to points of time as the story went along. Just as a real situation would occur, this plot follows about five years of solving who is responsible for the terrorist act, who will solve it, and how the general populations responds. It also avoids typecasting, showing that we are all individuals who must choose how we live. I spent the whole weekend engrossed in this story and loved every minute!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2011
The authors contacted me and asked if I'd be willing to review their book, and although I don't normally read this genre, I'm glad I did! Jack Everett and David Coles bring the war home in an original and shocking turn of events in the war on terrorism. This book was exciting from start to finish! The reader enters the story at the start of the first attack, which immediately grips the attention and the writing style is quick and concise during the more action-packed events, helping to develop a sense of urgency during the mayhem of the attacks.
One thing I really like is this book has excellent character development- the authors develop various details of the character's lives without delving into detail in areas that aren't pertinent to the story. I especially liked how they not only developed the "good guys" but also gave the back-story on the "bad guys". The reader doesn't see Fahkri as just a random, ambitious terrorist, but as a boy who suffers tragedies that cause him to become the man he is. The characters have their flaws, and learn to grow from their experiences throughout the book.
The plot of this book is enthralling. The terrorist attacks are intense and exciting, the tension following the attacks is high, and the suspense of what's going to happen next keeps the reader hooked. The story flows perfectly, never boring but also not over-the-top with action and excitement. Even for someone who is totally unfamiliar with the way the British government is run, I had no trouble following the events taking place in this book. Many of the problems occurring in this book are troubles seen in other major countries throughout the world (e.g. illegal immigration), so even if you aren't British, you can appreciate the troubles that Raike and his party face.
The only critique I have for this book is that the timeline can become a bit confusing. What begins as a day by day, and at times minute by minute, account of what's happening, eventually changes to significant leaps in time. Over the duration of the book, years pass. When events are taking place, perspective often switches between the terrorists and the British government. Although it didn't detract from the book overall, there were instances when I wasn't certain when things were occurring in the timeline of events (Were they happening simultaneously? Or one after the other?). As I said though, this doesn't detract from the book, and is an issue easily rectified by putting in some sort of header such as "Jan 24, 2012; 11:30 AM; London."
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good thriller (especially if you enjoy shows like Spooks)! 1/1: Jihad-Britain taps into issues commonly seen in society today such as immigration, racism, and terrorism. With the world's current political situation, many people harbor paranoia and fear towards other ethnical groups, and this book shows one possible outcome when all Hell breaks loose following a major attack on a world power. I look forward to any future works from these authors!
Posted January 21, 2011
Even though I'm not a huge fan of terrorist plots, I decided to give this book a go to expand my literary library. While I'm not going to gush over this novel, there were a few things I did like and enjoy:
The first being that this novel was set in Britain and not America. Being an American all I ever hear about is terrorism and conspiracy theories. It was refreshing to read a terrorist plot that had absolutely nothing to do with America (except for a small portion, but I'm not going to spoil that for you).
Although, even while it was based in Britain, the terrorist were, expectedly, Muslims. I understand that everyone is focused on Muslims due to 9/11 and so forth, but are Muslims the only ones who terrorize and detonate bombs? That was a rhetorical question, by the way ... something to ponder ...
Another thing I enjoyed was the depiction of the Prime Minister. He was a take charge, brutally honest, make-no-apologies type of leader. I loved that. I believe that many citizens wish their leaders were like that. There's bound to be some decisions a leader like that will make in which the citizens do not agree, but at least that type of leader will stick to his guns and follow through with what he intends. There was no guile, no deceit, no hidden agenda to this novel's Prime Minister. Oh, that leaders would arise with these types of characteristics!
While upsetting at first, I came to enjoy how this novel ended. It didn't answer all of the reader's questions in black-and-white. Rather, it gave you just enough information and then ended. Instead of being told how the story ends, you get to decide the fate of those involved at the end. Normally, I like my endings to be clear and concise with all questions answered and all situations tied up in a neat package with a pretty bow ... so to speak. I don't usually like it to be left open like this, but the more I think about it ... I'm glad this novel did end the way it did. I'm warming to the idea of drawing my own conclusions to the lives of those involved.
This would be an ideal novel for those that enjoy government plots with a dash of terrorism and a strong leader who knows how to take the bull by the horns. =)