Monday, January 11, 2016

Book Review: Caliphate

Book Review: Caliphate, by Tom Kratman.  512 pages.  February 2010.

Comrade and author, Matt Bracken, shared his lukewarm review of Caliphate on FB.  It was enough for me to download the free Kindle edition and read.  I’m glad I did.  I thought it was excellent.  A great story, a good source of information on Islamic Immigration.  And oh so timely.

The mass sexual assaults in Cologne Germany and other European cities on New Year’s Eve occurred as I was reading this book.  It took effort to find any difference between the news stories out of Europe and the book, Caliphate.  Consider this paragraph:

The practice of French Muslims, to the extent that that wasn’t a contradiction in terms, of engaging in gang rape of both European girls and Muslim girls who failed to dress the part - tournante, or taking one’s turn, in French - had spread, too.  But with the courts and police only interested in keeping the peace - as well as they were able, at least, within the German community - girls had little recourse.  Germany’s thirteen percent Muslims accounted for about eighty-eight percent of all rapes in Germany.  This was perhaps not such a bad record.  In Sweden, twenty years prior, they’d been credited with as much as eighty-five percent of all rapes, and that from a much smaller percentage of the population.  Some argued that this showed that Germany was doing a better job of assimilation.  It may even have been true.

First, the book is well written and flows smoothly.  Kratman masters the goals of educating the reader about Islam and weaving an excellent story with rich conversations by Muslims, moderate Muslims, useful idiots who unintentionally invite their slavery, and by those fighting the evils of Islamic tyranny.

Second, I liked how Kratman maintained two timelines.  One is in the 2005-2019 timeframe, which presented actual events and fictional events after the book's publication of 2010.  Then another timeline a hundred years into the future, where western civilization (only the US and UK at that point) were confronting the consequences of the the century of Islamic expansion.  

Third, you’ll see that the first half of the book presents the new realities in those two timelines.  The second half of the book is dedicated more to the story, and has a Tom Clancy feel to the tempo, tactics and suspense.  Again - a very well-written book.

Bracken’s hesitation with this book revolved around the explicit sex and the Islamic view of women.  You’ll learn exactly how the slave-trade works from all perspectives: the traders’, the buyers’, the slave’s, and the slaves’ families and friends?  So yes, there is rape, prostitution and child exploitation.  Further, and I think this is what bothered Bracken, were the consensual sex scenes.  Not extreme, but plentiful and, arguably, excessive.  (It didn't surprise me to see that author, John Ringo, is one of the Kratman's editors.  His Ghost series is absurd in this context.)

Probably the best part of the story is the determination and effort necessary to reverse Islamization of most of the globe.  I think the author did a great job at telling us how many Army divisions and Marine Corp expeditionary units are necessary to reverse the spread of Islam.  

Oh, and how many Trident missiles too.

This is a powerful book on its own merits.  But with current events, I’d say this is a required book for anyone who noticed the 1000 men in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, and their victims of robbery, sexual assault and rape - at last count, over 600.

I will add this book to the Ushanka Library at the left.  Another book you may consider reading, also in the Ushanka Library, is While Europe Slept by Bruce Bawer.  A gay author's view of the of Europe's self-inflicted decline.  Also, Matt Bracken's essay, Tet, Take Two is a good read.

See my Book Notes for selected quotes from Caliphate.

The Kindle version of Caliphate is currently free at Amazon.

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