http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0956908004/?tag=armrumser-21 4 Mushroomheads This book moves you through it at pace. Tight language, easily digestible scenarios which evolve into a tense plotline that can be believed. I barrelled through this book in about two days, purely because it is so well written. Enjoyable to a fault, it takes you to where the plot plays out and you can visualise the development of each phase. Alden has done his research and brings a comprehensive methodology to build his case. This is the work of someone who understands global trends, campaign management and, above all, the intricacies that can unravel even the most carefully put together plan. Were this situation to unfold, and heaven knows no sane person would want it, the architect could do worse than read Invasion for a cogent strategy. Worth posting on Arsse since the author is an ex signaller who's branched into new areas. The plot is set a few decades in the future. The state of Arabia now stretches from Morocco as far east as Afghanistan. The unity that they have craved has been achieved and they all serve the Great Cleric, the Saladdin or Nasser of the 21st century. Strict rule is enforced within the region but cordial relations are maintained with the other countries, all still reliant on oil. Suddenly this all descends into chaos as Europe is invaded with a highly coordinated attack. Swift, targeted and effective, Britain soon falls with scant hope. But within this there are stories of the Prime Minister as he evades capture, characters who are caught up and manage to escape the yoke of servitude and tales of those less fortunate. Alden writes well and tells it without xenophobic rancour or ideological bent. Reaching back into what is, for us, the present day, he builds the history before the invasion. The Arab spring is mentioned as the start of the unification, the credit crunch referenced as the cause of our long lasting economic woes. There are indicators that could provide the opportunity, as long as the Chinese aren't too powerful too soon, the Russians find their gas supplies are finite and the Americans revert to their isolationist policies. The downside for me on this book was that Alden's other book, Horse at the Gates, is based on a war with Islamic fundamentalists. I look forward to his next book so I can enjoy his style, telling a different scenario. Overall, though, this is a great read and one to enjoy. Of course I wouldn't want to end on a negative point but you better carry another book with you as you will finish this very quickly, as it's written very well and you don't want to put it down.