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Alternate history fans who are bored with the same old, run-of-the-mill plotlines (Nazis rule the world, the South wins the Civil War, etc.) should check out this novel by iconic British author and musician Mick Farren, author of the '70s cult classic DNA Cowboys trilogy. Kindling is a wild and raunchy thrill ride that pits four young adults from very different backgrounds against a tyrannical empire.
On an Earth where Christianity and Islam never caught on, America is essentially a group of Wiccan confederacies and European-based kingdoms located up and down the East Coast. The rest is unexplored wilderness inhabited by native tribes and roving bands of outlaws. Worldwide peace is put in serious jeopardy, however, when the oppressive Mosul Empire, in an alliance with the bloodthirsty Mamalukes and Teutons, expands its evil reach throughout Europe and Africa -- and then targets the Americas as its next conquest. The last strongholds of freedom, the Kingdom of Albany and the Norse Union, must somehow stop the seemingly endless Mosul hordes from overwhelming America. Their last hope lies in the hands of four young people -- a runaway, an aristocrat, a soldier, and a sex slave -- and their enigmatic mentor, an alleged demon named Yancey Slide.
Part military science fiction, part dark fantasy, this highly original and engaging novel is definitely not a typical alternate history. Like Thomas Harlan's Sixth Sun saga (Wasteland of Flint, House of Reeds, et al.), this novel -- which is the first volume in Farren's Flame of Evil saga -- will go a long way in redefining the subgenre. Paul Goat Allen