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Caliphate Mass Market Paperback – February 23, 2010
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Tom Kratman creates a believable, dark future world as seen through the lives of several people. In Germany, nine-year old Petra is sold into slavery to pay the taxes that her parents owe. She is first the companion of a young girl who becomes her friend and protector before being sold into a life of prostitution. Her brother is drafted to serve in the military to serve his oppressors. The device of having Petra reading the diary of her grandmother explains how old Europe has become the victim of an oppressive Islam.Read more ›
The book begins in 2103 AD, in a dystopian future in which the world is split into two warring power blocks, in both of which freedoms and rights which we take for granted have been removed. The Caliphate, an empire which includes continental Europe, is run by Taliban-style Islamofascist extremists who treat the christian minority like dirt. The USA has become a militaristic empire which wages a cold war against the Caliphate and a hot one against Canadian "rebels" (e.g. those who have resisted the forcible annexation of their country) and any other country which might allow Islam a foothold in the Americas.
The story revolves around two victims of the Caliphate's tyranny: Petra, a german girl who is taken from her family and sold into slavery to pay a tax levied on the Christian minority, and her brother Hans, who is conscripted as a Janissary.
One of the few Muslims who shows Petra kindness teaches her to read, enabling her to understand the one family posession she has been able to keep: the diary which her great-grandmother, Gabrielle von Minden, began to keep in 2003 and which explains how the ghastly world Petra is living in came into being.
There are two reasons I do not agree with those who will consider this book Islamophobic. First, although it presents the Islamic dictatorship in the book as a ghastly tyranny, the history in the book also has the United States grossly over-react to Al-Qaeda atrocities with terrible crimes of its own, and there is no suggestion in the book that the author would encourage those actions.Read more ›
At first I thought, ok, this story takes place a hundred years or so in the future, but then came the flashbacks and their central character Gabrielle whose personal story starts back in the early years of the 21st century. Without giving away too much of the plot, Gabrielle is one of the countless Germans who think that Germany owes the rest of the world forever for the thousand years between 1933 and 1945. She therefore supports multiculturalism and, of course, the idea that Islam is the religion of peace.
Like a lot of contemporary Germans she ignores all the warning signs that come along with mass immigration from Islamic countries, and she keeps her faith. Until the bitter end.
Before writing this, I took a look at all the one star reviews for this novel, and everything that can be found in there can also be found in today's speeches, texts and books by German politicians or in German newspaper articles in general. As far as I am concerned, these people are just closing their eyes from all the plainly visible things that are going on in Europe today. We have immigrants from all parts of the world, and especially the people who come from Asian countries are well respected over here, they are eager to find well paid jobs, learn our language and become parts of our society. Not the case with the overwhelming majority of immigrants from Islamic countries.Read more ›
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Filled with foresight. Scarily so. I wonder what Mr. Kratman would make of the current political and societal trends in Europe and the U.S. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Gregory S. Hill
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I liked it very much. As an outsider, living currently in Europe, I can see with my own eyes the situation is going exactly the way the author describes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andy
An excellent All AMERICAN story that’s most likely well on its way to becoming all too true!!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer