DC Alden The Horse at the Gates

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The Horse at the Gates

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9780956908025: The Horse at the Gates

The nightmare scenario, feared for so long by western governments, has finally come to pass--a nuclear bomb destroys Pakistan's capital Islamabad, plunging the region into chaos and forcing millions to seek sanctuary in the west. Europe's favourable asylum policies allow many to settle, while many more linger in huge refugee camps on Europe's border, waiting for the opportunity to enter the Promised Land... 
In Whitehall, Prime Minister Gabriel Bryce is increasingly concerned about the unending flow of refugees into Britain. Deeply troubled by reports of religious violence and crumbling communities, Bryce is determined to implement tough new immigration legislation to reverse the danger and restore order to the streets of Britain. 
However, before he can announce his decision a car bomb destroys Downing Street, leaving hundreds dead and wiping out most of the Cabinet. To the north of London a simultaneous explosion levels one of England's biggest mosques, triggering a storm of condemnation and protest from across the Islamic world.  
As Bryce recovers in a private London hospital, the biggest manhunt Britain has ever seen gets underway. The prime suspect is ex-soldier Danny Whelan, a disgruntled loner implicated in both atrocities who is forced to go on the run to escape the tightening noose. When the dust begins to settle over Whitehall and a new government is finally sworn in, both Bryce and Whelan begin to realise that a powerful conspiracy is at work, one that has quietly targeted western governments for decades. 
At the heart of that conspiracy is Tariq Saeed, former Cabinet minister and key player in Britain's fledgling administration. To consolidate his growing power Saeed only has to remove Bryce from the public eye before he can manoeuvre the UK into a controversial treaty, one that will finally unlock the gates of Europe. Once signed, the resulting power shift will mark the end of the old continent, transforming its face for all time.
 

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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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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

 

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