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In the tradition of The Stand, The Man in the High Castle, and The Road comes an epic story of struggle against tyranny in a future America....

The year is 2141. Islam controls most of the civilized world, including all that exists of the former United States. Climate change has made fresh drinking water a scarce and valuable commodity. Islamic states that once controlled oil now control the largest fresh water deposit in the world, the American Great Lakes.

Washington, D.C., and New York City are mere memories of the old world as a new regime of Caliphs has ruled the eastern half of the country for the past century. The barren no-man's-land east of the Mississippi River is but an encroaching desert, and the realm of the Great Lakes - known as Al-hayat Miyaah - dictates life for the rest of the realm.

Jihadic allegiance and the Lakes' bounty decide a person's worth, where clean, drinkable water is far more precious than gold... and more valuable than the lives of infidels.

In this hostile environment, Joaquin Martinez and six others risk certain death as fugitives crossing state lines to reclaim loved ones stolen from Hernando, Mississippi, and sold into slavery in Detroit. Meanwhile, survivalist Malcolm Foster and his daughter Renee begin a journey to Kentucky with other survivalists hoping to strike a blow to the Muslim empire. Lastly, in the heart of Al-hayat Miyaah, the youngest son of the Caliph, Abdul-Bari, sets out on a quest to determine the truth about infidels... their worthiness of scorn and indiscriminate death.

Much is at stake for them all, as a crossing of paths determines who inevitably is destined to win... and who must lose everything.

©2016 Aiden James (P)2017 Timothy McKean/Aiden James

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Frightening but slow.

The summary sums up the plot perfectly.... "The year is 2141. Islam controls most of the civilized world, including all that exists of the former United States. Climate change has made fresh drinking water a scarce, and valuable, commodity. Islamic states that once controlled the oil now control the largest fresh water deposit in the world, the American Great Lakes." Life is extremely hard for everyone and only promises to get tougher because the Fourth Caliph of the Bashir dynasty, Abdul-Muttalib Bashir, plans on making life for the infidels even harder! But a band of revolutionists won't take this lying down and will do anything they can to get rid of their oppressors.

This book was truly original and very frightening, but it was also extremely long and boring at times. I know the authors had a lot of world building to do, but honestly, there were times that I wanted to give up reading, and I think a big part of the problem was the narrator, which I'll get to in a minute.

The plot of this was intriguing, interesting, but very frightening. It shows us a world where the ruling families word is law, where human life doesn't mean anything to them and what extremism looks like. We get to see the story told from the ruling family, their son, who doesn't like the way his family handles things, from a group of people who are trying to retrieve their family members who were taken, and from the people who want freedom and will do anything to get it.

It makes for difficult reading at times, especially seeing how they treat their slaves and how they treat women. The fact that you can get killed on the spot for saying something against their beliefs, is but a drop in the bucket at what they do. It really was frightening to read!!!

I think I may have enjoyed it more if I read it rather than listen to it because the narrator read the story but didn't perform it. By that I mean, he was very monotone while reading and didn't put much inflection into his narration, so it all kind of ran together and didn't come alive. His tones for the Muslim men were also all the same, so I didn't know who was talking at any given time and was confused. I found myself tuning out at times because I just wasn't drawn into the story.

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 12-29-17

Frighteningly Real But Not Perfect

The year is 2141. Islam controls most of the civilized world, including all that exists of the former United States. Climate change has made fresh drinking water a scarce, and valuable, commodity. Islamic states that once controlled the oil now control the largest fresh water deposit in the world, the American Great Lakes.

I always worry about starting a book that is this long. The print version comes in at a whopping 548 pages. A lot of times books that are this long would benefit from a few things - and editor that isn't scared to tell the author to delete things, turning it into a "series" (splitting it up), or cutting out some of the unnecessary "building" pieces. I know that comparing a book to Stephen King is a compliment, but in my eyes, it isn't always. King will write 5 pages on what the inside of a diner looks like when all we need is 1-2 paragraphs. This book fell into the last category for sure and probably could have been cut into at least 2 stories. Ironically in the description, it compares itself to a Stephen King novel -- so maybe I'm crazy for thinking that it's a bad thing.

The biggest thing that I got out of this book was that it was very realistic and because of that, it was incredibly frightening. I like when a story can feel original and unique like this. I just wish that it had been a little shorter or less wordy.

The narration itself took away from this book too. I don't like to talk badly about narrator since I know that the craft is incredibly difficult and this is just my opinion, but it was a little too monotone for me. There wasn't a lot of "storytelling" inflection and voice changes (in a story that needed it).

Overall, a book that I liked and disliked all the same. I think if you are a Stephen King fan you would enjoy this. If you don't like the way that King writes you might want to avoid it.

I was voluntarily provided with a copy of this book. It has not affected my review in any way.

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Not super depressing like some dystopian books

It was ok. The jumping from group to group in the beginning was a bit hard to follow at times. Some slow parts but did pick up. There was some hard to believe plot in there too but overall decent book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • S A
  • Portland, OR USA
  • 02-05-18

A Long Prognostication

This book takes on the subject of a takeover of the US by Islam. Its a tough subject in today's politically correct climate, but doesn't shy away from describing in detail what might happen. There are good guys and bad guys and the line is blurred, but most of the ruling class are pretty bad.
The book is long, very long. There is a lot of detail, but it moves along slowly. The book is about 15 hours, but feels much longer due to the detail and description of how things work. It would seem that the book could be streamlined to deliver the story more effectively.
I didn't find any problem with the narration and felt Timothy McKean did a good job with a difficult book. There are a lot of characters.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A very possible future

Someone finally did it. Someone wrote about a taboo topic in this current political climate: muslims taking over America. What? Blasphemy! And this happens on the heels of a RACE WAR that seriously diminished any defense the US could possibly muster against the muslim invasion! Let me repeat that. A RACE war. The size of the cajones on this author must be immense!

So after I calmed down about this topic of this book I started listening to it. It starts slowly, switching between three groups of people: the Khalif and his family, and two groups of rebels. It’s hard to tell the difference between the two groups of rebels at first. They are presented similarly. It’s only after about an hour of listening do you really start to understand the personalities of each individual character, and the mission of each rebel group.

The tension slowly ramps up throughout the course of the book, culminating in a satisfying ending. What I found interesting is how the author does not hold back on how muslim rulers would treat us as conquerors. The brutality, rape, torture, and crucifixion of Americans is non-stop, and very chilling to listen to. It’s a definite eye-opener to someone who thinks muslims are actually peaceful and want to co-exist.

This book is long, clocking in at almost fifteen hours. This is typically much long than my normal books. But the story moved quickly once it started to pick up steam.

I first found out about Timothy McKean by listening to one of his previous books called Revelation. I found his narration style very appealing with THAT book. In fact, I highly recommend it. But his performance style didn’t translate well into THIS book. He delivers the entire performance pretty flat. For instance, when the Khalif is supposedly angry and roaring at someone,Timothy reads it in the same tone and inflection as the entire book - definitely not roaring. Adding some emotion into the dialog would have really made this book pop. Also, there were a lot of characters, and all were performed in pretty much the same voice. It was hard to tell them apart at times.

Sad to say, this book would have stood out if perhaps another storyteller with more acting chops would have taken the helm. Not to say that Mr. McKean is a bad narrator - far from it. But he just didn’t mesh well with this book.

If you are even remotely interested to listen to this book, do it before CAIR gets it taken down it. They typically censor things that put muslims in a bad light. I don't see this book lasting in the Audible store for long.

This audiobook was gifted to me by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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not what I was expecting....

I struggled with this story. This audio couldn't hold my interest. I'm honestly not sure how much was the narration and how much was the actual story. This one wasn't for me but I don't want to discourage anyone else from giving it a chance.


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  • TU
  • 01-02-18

Slow at first but ultimately pretty good

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This book was a little slow at first but it did pick up after a while. The narration was pretty good and it was a good listening experience. The author did a good job of avoiding cliches and keeping things interesting.

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Toxicity

I loved the way this story began to relay a frightening future for the world. I got angry at the right places and I was very interested to see how it would play out. I had some ideas, but not one of them was correct. That was nice. I kind of felt for the protagonists as they came and went. I wanted justice as they did. I wanted vindication as they did. And then I got to a point where it became moot for me. I could have gone either way. That was bad.

It is hard for me to explain, but when listening to the audio book it felt lackluster and contrived. The characters were not great, the dialog predictable. The result of the various ill-advised confrontations and voyages was ridiculous most of the time. I don't know, overall it was just not my cup of tea. I may go back and read it again myself sometime to see if my impression is different instead of listening to the audio book version.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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Scary!

Originally selected this book due to Narration by Timothy McKean (love his work!) and glad I did! Great story and more than just a little scary. Well written and action packed from start to finish. Definite page turner. Makes me wonder if this could someday be in our future. Those that control the water control the people. Gone are regular politics. I highly recommend!

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  • Dan
  • United States
  • 12-20-17

What might happen?

The world continues on its present course for 120 years. What might happen? Toxicity gives us one answer. If you disturbed by religious or political strife, put off by talk of climate change and what it could mean, then don’t read this book. An imaginative prophesy of things to come is presented in an interesting story filled with realistic characters, logical and mostly believable action, and creative setting. The language is harsh and realistic. Timothy McKean gives a clear and careful performance that kept me coming back for more.

I was given this free review copy audiobook and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Simon
  • 11-25-17

Doesn't Quite Hit The Mark!

This book sets out a genuinely scary apocalyptic scenario. Climate change ravages the world, a weakened US succumbs to invasion and what remains of the country falls under a brutal Islamic regime. No need for zombies or super plagues just an intriguingly possible scenario. I was concerned that the authors would fall into the trap of making it a typical good Christians vs Bad Muslims slugfest but they avoided that in some style with lots of shades of grey and internal conflict within the main character groups. The story is fast-moving and there is considerable tension and excitement as two groups set themselves against the dominant Islamic powers.

It's not a bad read at all but it didn't quite hit the mark for me. The narration by Timothy McKean is clear and concise but it's much more of a reading than a performance. He's really not helped by some rather stilted dialogue which sees most of the characters speaking as if making a political speech or giving a lecture of some kind rather than interacting naturally. I'd also say that the whole thing is very logistically naive with armies of 20,000 troops mobilising in scant hours and I don't think the authors seem to have a great understanding of weapons or tactics.

So, it's one that's worth a try. It sets a great scenario and a good set of characters take part in a fast-moving adventure but it didn't light any fireworks for me.

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