The Horse at the Gates by D.C.Alden
Britainis in political turmoil, bombs inWhitehalland Luton, European Union expanding to theMiddle Eastand a conspiracy to change the government and the course of history.
This book is set in the not too distant future, and the predictions made of the changes that have taken place are a bit frighteningly possible. There is a plan forEgyptto 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 inAfghanistan. She feels that her son died for a useless cause, asAfghanistanwas 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 toDowning Street, and Bryce tries to justify this as the reality of politics; terrorists of yesterday as today’s politicians.
The woman feels that theCairotreaty will be the final nail in the coffin forBritain, its culture and values. People are leavingBritainin 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 forBritain. 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 ofBritainand other E.U. countries, and a flourishing underground right wing organisation.
Some parts of the plot seem very credible and others just too far fetched, like the collusion of future members of the royal family in the conspiracy and the plan to build the biggest mosque in Europe inWhitehall. Nevertheless this is a book well worth reading, it is excellent writing, and I have no problem recommending it.