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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Tyler Press; Second edition (January 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956908020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956908025
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,147,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This offering from DC Alden follows on from the cult success of his first book, INVASION, and is currently being adapted for the big screen. This title quickly takes a grip and holds you beneath the interrogator's lamp from beginning to end. A gritty and uncomfortable book which will stir even the most liberal heart. 

SOLDIER Magazine
The official magazine of the British Army


I have to say that I found the book to be a cracking read. A nuclear blast kicks the story into gear, triggering mass immigration into the UK. As the PM prepares to adopt tough immigration policies, a car bomb kills most of the cabinet, while another destroys the Luton Central Mosque, sparking global Islamic outrage. The pace is terrific, the characters well rounded, the manipulation of media and public opinion chilling and there are several themes running across the plot which will resonate with the discerning reader.

David Vance, Biased BBC blog 

A worthy follow-up to DC Alden's cult-classic Invasion, this heart-thumping conspiracy thriller is tight and lean, sharp and more politically orientated, and The Trojan Horse metaphor is perhaps a timely warning that some argue should not be ignored. Caught up in this hugely entertaining thriller are superbly-drawn characters, politicians and ordinary men and women alike, all pawns in a power play that echoes in today's ever-shifting global politics. All in all, a wonderfully original and fast-paced thriller.

Steven McLaughlin
Author of Squaddie: A Soldier's Story Mainstream Publishing

 

About the Author

DC Alden is a UK-based thriller writer, filmmaker and screenwriter whose work encompasses a hugely entertaining mix of mystery, conspiracy, action/adventure, political and military/war genres. Born in London, DC's career has encompassed a variety of roles, from soldier to technical consultant, including work on many popular films and TV shows. 
His film work began when he answered an advert for former soldiers, after which he was chosen to work on Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers, alongside Tom Hanks, Damien Lewis and Donnie Wahlberg. The experience reignited his lifelong passion for film and screenwriting, and a few months later he was enrolled at a London film school where he went on to make a several short films and a documentary about life on set (Band of Brothers--An Extra's Life), using previously unseen footage.
His first novel, Invasion, grew from a film script he conceived while researching a short for the Cannes Film Festival. A speculative military thriller, set in a world of failing western economies threatened by a united Islamic super-state, Invasion sold out its entire print run in three months and caught the attention of a major TV producer. These themes continue in The Horse at the Gates, a political thriller set in Britain's near future. The Arab Spring, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and continued public debate over mass immigration in Europe all tie in perfectly with this fast paced, provocative thriller. Dealing with highly topical and seldom explored themes and issues, DC is an emerging new talent whose writing is innovative, thought-provoking and always commands attention. He is currently working on his third novel, Chosen.

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janette Skinner on July 5, 2012
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This book is set in the not too distant future, and the predictions made of the changes that have taken place in the world are a bit frighteningly possible. There is a plan for Egypt to be accepted in the European Union and the citizens to be given the rights and privileges of all the other member states. Early on in the story the Prime Minister, Bryce, has a confrontation with a woman whose son had been killed in Afghanistan. She feels that her son died for a useless cause, as Afghanistan was handed back to the Mullahs in the end. The drug trade flourishes as before and the Territories were divided up again between the Warlords. To her disgust, the Taliban delegates had been welcomed to Downing Street, and Bryce tries to justify this as the reality of politics; terrorists of yesterday as today's politicians.
The woman feels that the Cairo treaty will be the final nail in the coffin for Britain, its culture and values. People are leaving Britain in droves but this has been covered up by manipulation of the statistics.
The two million refugees from surrounding wars, camped in the Egyptian desert, will all be eligible for E.U. citizenship and most will predictably head for Britain. Brice wants to delay the singing of the treaty and comes up against forces determined to take over his position and power.
One of the bombs is detonated at a mosque and hundreds of people are killed at prayer. Thing go wrong very quickly and revenge is sought by Islamic forces.
This is a courageous book which looks at the very bad things that happen in politics and it dares to deal with the topical subjects of an Islamic takeover of Britain and other E.U. countries, and a flourishing underground right wing organisation.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Francis on September 22, 2013
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Now here is a well written story! Makes you think and I believe it could happen on day.Had to stop and spend a day thinking about it after I finished the book, which I couldn't put down. Then I got my husband to download it also!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Capricorn on December 3, 2013
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This was very well done. A scenario well grounded in what could happen in the European future. The only thing limiting this story was the abrupt end. No idea if there will be a sequel or not.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve on March 2, 2014
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This suspenseful book kept me interested from start to finish. The book had an exciting beginning, with the author doing an excellent job describing the lead-up to a terrorist attack.
I loved the author's description of a dystopian future UK. The book does a great job depicting the disgruntled population of a dark English future. The post-nationalist England that the author portrays is fascinating. I enjoyed how the book only hints at the year in which the book is set, using references to, e.g., the royal family, actors, and sporting events like major soccer games. The author gives a frightening glimpse of Euro-federalism gone wrong.
The author's descriptive abilities are excellent. His imagery is excellent (for example, the attacks, bombings, the psychiatric ward where one of the main characters ends up, and the suicide of the Prime Minister are all vivid). I also liked the author's writing style in general (for example, descriptions like "waves of fatigue pounding the shoreline of his consciousness" impressed me). I also enjoyed many of his references, such as when he compares the Sully character to the angel of death. I particularly enjoyed Bryce's escape from his captors.
This is a solid thriller that kept me interested throughout.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anonfornow on March 9, 2011
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Predicting the future is never a science and can result in wildly inaccurate assumptions. Addressing a highly polemical issue can also result in a lonely life. DC Alden has done both in his second novel. The Horse at the Gates is a moving account of something that we would all dread happening and at a time not too far off in the future either.

Afghanistan has been handed to the UN and the negotiating tables, Britain is a paid up member of the EU and uses the Euro as currency, Pakistan teeters on civil war - that's before the book even starts and the reader needs to pick up the clues throughout. It all goes rapidly wrong with a major blast in Islamabad and following ones taking out both Downing Street and the largest mosque in Luton. Islam rears up seeking revenge.

Could the scenario that develops actually happen? After seeing Children of Men with Clive Owen, it would seem that Alden is not the only one thinking about calamitous times in the first half of this century.

However, there is a dry wit behind the writing. It is not a comedy in any way but it captures the spirit of the main players, from the deposed Prime Minister to the Royal Marine who clearly learnt about life whilst working in the Ghan. Some of the predictions are natural developments of what we use on a day-to-day basis, some are scary, not only in their plausibility but also their finality.

The book has a number of layers - for instance the storyline is bold, contentious and bound to attract naysayers. The characters are called to perform in testing times and their fallibility is conceivable. The British approach is highlighted and there are some delightfully wry and subtle observations about how we progress things.
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More About the Author

DC Alden is a UK-based thriller writer, filmmaker and screenwriter whose work encompasses a hugely entertaining mix of mystery, conspiracy, action/adventure, political and military/war genres.
His first novel, Invasion, grew from a film script he conceived while researching a short for the Cannes Film Festival. A speculative military thriller, set in a world of failing western economies threatened by a united Islamic super-state, Invasion sold out its entire print run in three months and caught the attention of a major TV producer. These themes continue in The Horse at the Gates, a political thriller set in Britain's near future. The Arab Spring, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and continued public debate over mass immigration in Europe all tie in perfectly with this fast paced, provocative thriller. Dealing with highly topical and seldom explored themes and issues, DC is an emerging new talent whose writing is innovative, thought-provoking and always commands attention. He is currently working on various literary and film projects.