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Summary

Prime Minister Gabriel Bryce lies injured in hospital, a lucky survivor of the car bomb that has killed most of his Cabinet and thrown the country into chaos.

Elsewhere, a massive truck bomb destroys Britain’s biggest mosque, slaughtering hundreds. Framed for the atrocity, ex-soldier Danny Whelan becomes Europe’s most wanted man.

The conspiracy has begun. And the target is Britain itself.

As the dead are buried and a new government seizes power, both Bryce and Whelan realize they have become 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, the fugitives must stay one step ahead of their enemies, led by a ruthless British politician determined to see them both dead....

And Britain transformed for all time. “Brexit has revealed the treachery of the British political class. This chilling thriller takes that betrayal down a far darker and dangerous path.” 

©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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Shockingly bad.

If you are entertained by simplistic storylines then please go ahead with your purchase of this book. However for the more discerning listener I would advise caution.

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Gripping storyline excellent read

I love DC Alden’s writing. This is another great read. Exciting and believable storyline which kept me gripped throughout. I will now search for the next book I think that he has one coming out soon. I can not recommend this author enough.

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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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  • 28-11-20

What happened?

A good constructed story, a plot that can be believed and likely destinies. But the book did not end. It trailed and just fell off a cliff. Very strange. Maybe the first half of a book to be completed?
I liked it therefore I want the rest of the story. This book alone becomes unfortunately very much pointless.