When Rick Franklin finds out the truth behind the Silk Revolution, will he risk everything for what he knows to be right, or hide behind a lie?
In a country ripping itself apart from the top down, Corporal Rick Franklin is torn away from his young family. He is sent to a military base in a ruined castle on Aijlan’s restless border. Exhausted and over-worked, he makes a simple error with terrible consequences. His mistake is buried and Rick becomes a reluctant hero for a president that is soon overthrown. Trapped in the capital as the revolution starts to bite, he attempts to ensure his family's safety. In doing so, he stumbles across the murderous secret behind the Silk Revolution, a secret that stretches to the heart of the government.
Set in an alternate world based on life in 21st Century EU and US, Aijlan (pronounced ‘eye-lan’) is Book One of The Lords of Misrule series. Part political thriller, part dystopian fiction, part tragic love story, Aijlan is a dark, morally ambiguous tale from British author Andy Graham.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Andy Graham’s Aijlan is set in a world with two moons, where technology collides with sociology, and science collides with myth. It’s a world not so very different from our own. The foreigner might be evicted from the glories of the city. The warrior might be asked to do more with less until disaster strikes. The message might be more important than the truth. And a man can find himself turned into nothing more than symbol. Aijlan's world is rich with history and geography, but the author times his details well, offering sparing glimpses that continue to intrigue as the tale progresses. Neat word-play and enjoyable relationships lighten what could be a seriously dark novel—think 1984 crossed with Apocalypse Now perhaps. The sense for technology’s impact on simple humanity is profoundly relevant to the modern world, and dark barbs might be well-aimed, but they’re also well-tied to character and plot, fitting the story perfectly. Meanwhile politics becomes the survival of the fittest, and democracy's cloak's an illusion. This novel tells of good man's fight for good, for family, and for hope. It's deeply intriguing and powerfully told, with an open-ended conclusion promising more. Disclosure: I got it on a deal and I offer my honest review.
Captain Rick Franklin, a flawed and complex character, is trying to reconcile the realities of being a foot soldier in a harsh dystopian world, while taking care of his family. Political power shifts rapidly in Aijlan and this time love may not conquer all. This is a touching political thriller that takes you on a wild journey but also makes you think. Definitely worth your time!
A thoroughly thought provoking read. Graham takes us through the existential trials and tribulations of Ray Franklin, who brings to bear his experiences in the troubled 10th Legion in a bid to reconcile himself with his past and lost brother. Full of imagery and soliloquy, cleverly structured and lucidly written. Really enjoyed reading this book.