Here’s a review from Amazon.com, written by a reader who believes my throughly provocative counter-jihad novella The Canal is not believable and coud never happen as written. I had to respond, because it already is happening.:
On the surface, this is a decent story. It’s well written and flows well. The flashbacks tie in well with the present day (in the book) mystery. However, it’s a little too easy for the protagonist. Information on the “takeover of Islam” is supposed to be hidden from the public, but she finds it with a basic Internet search. And she randomly finds the one person who can get her out before the final takeover begins. How they meet is both cliche and silly.
But there is one fatal flaw in the author’s premise – he set the story within the lifetime of someone alive today. (That is clear from the fact that the soldier fought in Iraq and spent 40 years away.) I find it hard to believe that Americans who witnessed 9/11 (some firsthand) are supposed to just forget about it. Kids will not hear their parents talk about it? Even those too young to remember are still hearing about it 11 years later. But in 30 years, everyone will forget? Kids will no longer hear about it in schools?
Not believable. I would have given the author the benefit of the doubt if he had set the book 100 years in the future. But as written, it is too unrealistic to be believable.
And my response:
From the author: In my day job, for the past eight years I’ve taught driver education for a private school in Colorado. I’ve had over 3,000 students come through my classes. I can tell you from countless first-hand conversations with my current students that the 9/11 attacks and the reasons for America’s entry into this war are not discussed by their teachers. That no one in their generation will recall or know about these events forty years from now is not at all far-fetched. My students really have no clue about them, or the Muslim jihad doctrine that instigated them, and it’s only been eleven years since their occurrence. The major thrust of my work here is the betrayal of our military forces by their upper level commanders in the conduct of the war.
Nonetheless, I sincerely thank you for reading my book and taking the time to write your review.
After reading the book description, I was excited to read this book. Unfortunately, it didn’t take me long to realize the kind of future Mr. Work believes is coming. The fear that Muslims are going to take over the world is not only crazy, but to use this medium as a way to further fan the flames is just disgusting. I really wish I could have gotten through more of this book, but it makes me feel ill to think that there are people out there that believe this kind of thing is even possible. Shame on you!
Shame? Really? What flames are we talking about here? Is there some sort of conflagration going on?