Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Caliphate by Tom Kratman

Caliphate
Kratman often writes with John Ringo, whom I really like, so I thought I'd give one of his solos a try. He's created a future about 75 years from now, which isn't all that unimagineable. In the 21st century, Islamic extremists succeed in smuggling nuclear weapons into several major U.S. cities, destroying three of them completely. The U.S. reaction is at first somewhat muted, as they recover and regroup, but eventually the enraged populace elects a man to the presidency who makes some radical changes to foreign and domestic policy.

When this new president feels confident he can carry out his plans, he goes after the core Islamic countries at first, wiping out, basically, all of the Middle East. By this time muslim immigration to Europe has basically replaced the old population, and sharia law is in effect there, leaving old Europeans in a condition of dhimmitude under The Caliphate. The U.S. continues to eradicate all vestiges of Islam around the world, and when this story begins, they are in the process of wiping out or deporting all of the Moros from the Philippines.

Two of the (I hesitate to call them heroes) protagonists in the book are Hans and Petra, "christians" of old European stock. As children, they are seized from their family when they are unable to pay the jizya (tax), and Hans is sent to be trained as a Janissary, while Petra at first is a household slave, companion to a young Muslim girl, Besma. Later, Besma's stepmother, to gain power in the household, encourages her son and his friends to rape Petra, and she is judged guilty of "enticing" the boys (as a woman's testimony is only worth half that of a man's in Islamic law) and is sold into prostitution ...oh that's right...temporary marriages performed by mullahs.

The other protagonist is an American soldier, John Hamilton, who has just finished the campaign against the Moros. He gets recruited into a Central Intelligence operation in Germany, where three scientists are suspected to be working on a deadly virus which the Caliphate will use to attack the United States. The paths of the three protagonists intersect when Hans is assigned to the unit guarding the facility, Petra is sent to the "comfort facilities" nearby, and Hamilton poses as a South African slave dealer to get to the scientists and destroy their work.

Interwoven into the middle of the stories of Petra, Hans and John, there is the tale that gradually unfolds from the pages of Petra's grandmother, Gabi's, diary. Gabi is a European progressive who believes above all in the virtues of tolerance and acceptance, except when it comes to Americans and their war-mongering, evidently. She doesn't really come to her senses until the Caliphate is nearly established, when her own daughter is raped and mutilated for failing to wear the hijab required by sharia law. This part of the tale allows the readers to understand how Europe could succumb to Islam, gradually.

This is definitely not a book for the squeamish. Graphic sex, graphic violence, graphic everything. Kratman's premise is scary, and controversial. Read at your own risk.

1 comment:

Mark said...

ok, well, i probably won't read it as i'm pretty squeamish, but i can honestly say that i think that the author is not far from what's going to happen in the future.