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.