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  • File Size: 412 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Publication Date: January 16, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0034KYZWW
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I tend to write novels that are a little controversial. I don't intend to, but a question grabs hold of my mind--Do we have a right to say no to medical technology? What would it be like to be Jackie Kennedy? Where is Islamic extremism taking us?--and it won't let go. I have to explore it, I have to write about it.

Since my interests are varied, my books are varied, perhaps too much so. But whatever the theme, I always explore identity, trying to reconcile the physical and spiritual worlds. My characters respond sensually to the world as I do, they question and doubt. It would be easier to be a different kind of writer maybe. I hope you get something out of my little efforts.

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Jessie Potts VINE VOICE on February 16, 2010
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Ok so before I write down what I think about the story I need to give out some warnings. Yup big fat warning labels for this book so pay attention!

1. This is about Muslims and Christians, about Islam and America and is not always 'politically correct'

2. This is about a war, slang, profanity,anti-semitic and anti Allah do exist in this book, but I think it's a fair for both sides

3. You will be disturbed by the chain of events leading up to the war and the current position of the world, there's no way around it

Now if you don't mind a very edgy book, this is amazing. The lead character Ann finds herself alternating between discovering the sensual appeal of Masques and the cruelty of the radical jihadist. It is scary, I found myself often nodding and realizing that everything that happened in book could happen here, in real life. The author researched tirelessly and was very well read and descriptive on the different Muslim cultures, ways and segregation. Ann is at the wrong place at the wrong time, she witnesses the shot that started the next great world war. From there she watches almost like an obsessive zombie (yes I know that's an oxymoron) as Europe collapses, America's downfall is much more seductive and under the radar.

The end of the novel also had me at last happy with Ann's character, but then again, she grew up during this war. I was amazed at who everyone turned out to be, who died, and what was being done about it. The end doesn't give you a happily ever after, merely the slight hope that all could be well, all might be well, all will be well.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Anne Wingate on February 3, 2010
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Amsterdam 2012

Don't open this book until you have a lo-o-o-ng amount of free time in front of you. Otherwise you'll find yourself doing what I was doing this morning: trying to tie your shoes and read at the same time.

A realistic, believable, nightmare. One of the best novels I have read in quite a long time. The opener hints at a small amount of overly workshopped material, but by the fourth page you're into a major page-turner. In the entire book I found four misused words and one misspelled foreign word, but I've been an editor and writing teacher more than twenty-five years. I don't think anybody else would notice them.

Each peak leads inexorably toward the next peak, so that it's very hard for me to say anything substantive that wouldn't be a spoiler. But maybe this, about a quarter of the way in, will work:

"This is great, I thought, my boyfriend is being held as a terrorism suspect, my brother is a Nazi, and my sister is a Muhammad groupie." A few pages before or after this, the narrator refers to her parents as liberals. When the book begins, the narrator is a prototypical rich liberal college kid on her European backpacking tour with her boyfriend. When the book ends . . . .

No, you're going to have to go and read it for yourself.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Joanna on March 14, 2010
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I've never cared enough about a book to actually write a review on Amazon. Until now.

In one respect, that's a good thing. I was entertained. Books SHOULD move people enough to care this much. Unfortunately, this book entertained and moved me for all the wrong reasons.

Let's get the least important point out of the way first. The book is riddled with typos and inconsistencies. "Mother" and "Father" one second, "Mom" and "Dad" the next. Verb tenses that do not agree. And come on... if you're going to elevate Ah-nold to such a level of glory, at least take the time to spell his last name correctly.

It's as if the author uses her characters as empty vehicles to get viewpoints across. Everyone talks in stilted, unrealistic language. Ann is a shell - completely unlikeable and unrelatable. She witnesses something horrible (the first section of this book that takes place in Amsterdam is by far the best, and I loved it), yet reacts to the event amorally and doesn't really think about it very much. Afterwards, she "can't sleep" at night and doesn't know if her boyfriend is alive or dead, a criminal or innocent... but yet she never misses her daily cappuccino and takes the time to "ogle" guys at the local gym. That's just an example... there is just so much bizarreness in this book.

Many of the events that apparently occur within a couple years of now (i.e., mandatory Muslim education in schools, communities of non-Muslims agreeing to follow Islamic law) are so implausible that I just could not take them seriously. If they had been much more subtle, I could have been on board with it. But they were scare tactics, and they made me laugh.

The Anne Frank theme is tedious, forced and unnecessary. It just didn't work for me...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 13, 2013
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The overall concept of the book is good - racial tensions in Europe ignite a 'Eurarbian' war in which millions perish. What's implausible is how the central character, Ann, is involved in the first shots of this war, immediately escapes to London only to be directly involved in a second major event, very little of which is written about or explained.

I was confused as to whether Ann was sympathetic to Islam or not given her wild swings in thought. I suppose she herself wasn't sure what to think. In fairness I think the author was trying to present two opposing views although they didn't flow very well in the book.

The part I found the most unbelievable is that a lot, if not most, of the Muslims in Europe and the US are covert terrorists waiting for that one phone call/ text message / verbal password, to erupt in violence. It seemed as though every Muslim in a European army immediately switched sides and started fighting the Christians. In other words, there's no such thing as a moderate Muslim.

The book overreaches itself when a plague breaks out, abruptly changing the tempo of the narrative. Perhaps that part could have been dropped in favour of better character development and more in depth descriptions of events.
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