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The Horse at the Gates

A Revolutionary British Thriller
Narrated by: Alan Medcroft
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Summary

The plot is underway. The target: Britain herself. 

Prime Minister Gabriel Bryce lies injured in hospital, a lucky survivor of the assassination attempt that has wiped out most of his cabinet and thrown the country into chaos.

In Luton, a truck bomb destroys one of Europe's most prominent mosques, killing hundreds. The only suspect is disillusioned Afghan veteran Danny Whelan, now hunted like a wild animal for a crime he did not commit.

As the dead are buried and a makeshift government seizes power, both Bryce and Whelan realize they have become marked men, expendable pawns in a vast conspiracy intended to crush a rebellious Britain and usher in a new era of European history. If they are to survive the coup, they must stay one step ahead of their enemy, a ruthless new administration now determined to see them dead and the country transformed for all time.

©2014, 2018 Darrell Alden (P)2019 Darrell Alden

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A great read

I only wish there were more UK based Apocalypse stories. Reading about home makes it so much more real. Can't wait for my next DC Alden read.

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Great novel makes you think about the world

Well read, great characters and a good story. Maybe a bit far fetched but in today's world anything is possible
Recommend this novel if you like alternative history.

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Don't want you to waste your time

Islamophobia in novel form. I can't recommend this nonsense. I gave it too much of my time in the hope it would turn around from it's original course.

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  • Katherine
  • 24-06-19

Can't wait for part two!!

This was terrific. It takes some of the fears and concerns that people have currently and creates a plot around them. I read the Goodread reviews first, as there were none here and some had concerns that there were some angry people presented in a too favourable light. I disagree strongly. If you are offended by someone being prejudiced or 'racist' and not being presented as a complete monster, stay away from it, but I have two thoughts on that. One is that darker forces thrive in a society when we're afraid to talk about them, so I see no problem at all. Let's bring out whatever is out there and tell stories about it. That's how we process things and move forward. Secondly, it's done as part of the character along with other limitations of outlook, life experiences, plus some criminality and that makes sense.

The other main complaint from some of the Goodread reviews was the abrupt ending of the book. As I was expecting it, gearing myself for it, I found it fine. It could have been worse and at least it wasn't a cliffhanger!!! I would suggest you be aware of that as you're listening to make it easier. Some of the threads are tied up, but some of the characters find a new direction in their lives and we leave them just as that is starting. Perfect for a sequel!!

This is the first book I've read by this author and I will read more. And I'll be watching for the sequel. For this genre, the writing was quite lyrical at times, plus there were peaceful and reflective moments. The narration was excellent by someone new to me that I hope to hear again. There is definitely 'good versus evil' at play in the book or at least 'average versus evil' and it was presented as something rooted in the individual's character, not associated with any group or political outlook. Just as current global trends or issues have not resolved themselves, neither has the plot of this book, so not being sure how it all turns out sounds about right to me.

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