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Invasion: A Military Thriller

Invasion Series, Book 1
By: DC Alden
Narrated by: Alan Medcroft
Series: Invasion Series, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
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Summary

A massive truck bomb detonates outside the gates of Downing Street. Passenger jets are blasted out of the sky. Jihadi terror attacks kill thousands. London is plunged into chaos and death.

In a fortified bunker beneath Whitehall, British Prime Minister Harry Beecham can barely catch his breath. Family and friends are dead. All communications are down, any semblance of government lost. All he can do now is run, escape the city before it falls. 

Escorted by a small team of SAS soldiers, Harry and his team must fight their way out of London and get to the secure government complex in the west of the country, try and get a handle on the situation, but it's far worse than Harry could possibly imagine. 

As the invasion gathers pace and England buckles before the military onslaught, Harry and his team are forced to abandon their HQ and head far to the north, where remaining British forces are gathering along an ancient border, digging in deep as they await the final, bloody battle for survival.

©2013 DC Alden (P)2018 DC Alden

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Great read

Great story with unusual and thought provoking script brought to life with excellent narration... whilst I could not put it down, my only criticism is that the ending was a little bit weak.

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really enjoyable but scarily realistic novel.

The invasion leaves you wanting more and wondering if this really could happen. . well worth the listen.

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A cracking 'read'

An entirely believable scenario, well written and well narrated. sat through the entire performance glued to my headset.

When can we expect the sequel?

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Completely Gripping

Easily one of the best books I've read in a long time. Well researched, realistic, no plotholes and gripping story line. Very well written and exceptionally entertaining. Wholeheartedly recommend.

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Thought Provoking

A very good book with an excellent narrator. Highly recommended from a talented author who has slipped under the radar.

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Started strong, ended meh...

This book started very strong, with good character development but very quickly faded. Making the Muslims the bad guys with a slimy British politician being baited by a honey trap to gain access to war plans was far too predictable. As the book goes on it seems to lurch from one far fetched plot to another. The narrator was decent though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-02-19

Cliff hanger, I cant wait for

the next installment. so great I'm looking now for the next book. super duper ooper

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  • Katherine
  • 01-07-19

Ignore the politics - the book is fine

This is a 'what if' book, taking some trends in society and imagining where they might go in the future IF things were to go badly. It's no different than Margaret Atwood's book and very popular TV series, The Handmaid's Tale, which many correlate to modern day Christians, dressing up as the characters at protests! If that smear is acceptable, then an equivalent book related to Islam is too. Frankly, if any faith or group wants to be fully part of a western democracy, be prepared for any or all of this. We have two choices: find criticism too offensive and try to stop it through laws, violence or shaming words like "racist" or we get over it and understand that's how our society works. It's the western way and it's the best way. Ideas are fine. Criticism of any idea or faith is fine. Bad treatment of anyone is wrong. A book is about ideas. It's fine. Get used to it.

If in fact we have groups of radical Muslims taking over territories and calling them a state and continuing to do that in various parts of the world, which we do as we speak, the premise of this book is valid. Frankly, there is way more of that than radical Christians doing the equivalent. Also, if only 1% of Muslims moving to the west find themselves supportive of this radical view of Islam, we in the west have a problem. So, the denial of it and the name calling to anyone who dares mentions it, to me, are the ones making no sense. And, any denial of a risk is potentially very harmful. We don't know how this is all going to end. We've had decades of Islamic terrorism through multiple presidents and there isn't one we can point to who has 'the answer'. So, it's a difficult problem and if the U.S. were to become extreme isolationists, which could be a future response, since everything else has failed, this story is plausible.

I'm all for supporting all people in the west, whatever their faith, who have allegiance to the principles of democracy, the equality of men and women, tolerance for minorities, etc. If we don't expect that and defend it, we will lose it. It's exceptional in the world and something for us to be proud of. I think that's the most supportive way to look at the many immigrants we have, here in Canada and in the U.S. and ignoring strains of radicalism that might be there puts them at risk as well. The moderate Muslims in the west say that, that our voices are needed, and suppressing criticism emboldens the more radical elements in their midst.

On with the book. I liked it a lot but it did drag for me by the end. I'm probably more interested in political issues than military tactics, but I did find it a bit interesting to think about them for the first time. I kept wondering about the politics going on behind the scenes. I did find the personalities interesting in that it showed major events can be shaped by the personal desires or foibles of leaders, which does make sense. The narrator was good, but a little weak on American accents, which I think are hard to do for most British actors. They seemed more like caricatures than the Muslims. Remember, the lead character was a former Muslim who embraced the west and began to have a spiritual awakening near the end of the book.

So, to me this book had no more stereotypes than any other book around, but at this point in time, political correctness has too many rules about what is acceptable and that's the problem. Figure out what you're o.k. with and hopefully you're not going to let those things bother you and you can enjoy the book.

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  • Eddie Muñoz
  • 21-01-19

Beware

I enjoyed the book and I don’t understand the dislike for the book ? It’s entertaining and was a good listen. If anyone has read the Koran then it would make since especially if you have ever fought isis or even taliban which I think most of the reviewers have not. It’s a book that’s . Good story and narration.

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  • Christopher
  • 18-01-19

Right wing conspiracy fiction poorly executed.

Do Muslims scare you? Do you think that thier religion prevents them from being loyal citizens of a western democracy? And do you believe that political correctness, diversity, and immigration pose existential threats to western culture? If you answered yes to any of those questions then you will like this book.

Invasion has it all: a caliphate bent on world domination, a Muslim fifth column large to take out a national army and every single police force in the country, misguided liberals whose tolerance and political correctness makes them pawns of terrorists or actual collaborators, and a few clear eyed conservatives who alone see the danger to their society but of course aren’t listened too.

I bought this audiobook because I am a sucker for a good military thriller and the premise seems like it could support a good yarn. While there is some attempt at character development, the setup for the invasion is not well fleshed out. The authors goes from bemoaning political correctness, to describing a few terrorist attacks, a sudden military invasion that takes over Europe almost overnight, and a few valiant rear guard actions of a broken military. Oh, and apparently Muslim communities took out every single police force and Military base in England and Wales almost overnight—although the details of how they did this aren’t well fleshed out.

I like military thrillers that focus on strategy and tactical details. When done well, these details help me suspend disbelief and enjoy the ride. But this book felt like listening to my uncle after his fourth glass of wine at Thanksgiving expound on why we need a wall to keep bad hombres out. Pork rinds and “lock her up” poster not included.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-01-19

Yuck...

A serious theme in a book that disappoints at every turn. A repository of cliches and doomsday prophecies that overlay what could generously be described as a 'labored' plot.







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  • Tom N
  • 17-01-19

racism and xenophobia run amok

I wanted to like this title. I found the plot pretty decent. I enjoy this genre and unfortunately that means often times having to stomach some subtle (or not so subtle) conservative preaching (see anything by Forstchen) but this was just too much. Not worth it.

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