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Old 07-17-2010, 08:20 AM   #1
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After my publisher turned down this Euro thriller for being too controversial, I published it on Kindle, where it has met with great success, doing what controversial books are meant to do--stirring up readers and opening up discussion on difficult topics.

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A young woman witnesses a murder in Amsterdam that touches off a Muslim rebellion and leads to the Great Eurabian War—World War III.

During her summer break, Ann Aulis travels to Amsterdam with her boyfriend Peter to visit the Anne Frank Museum. They spend the night with a friendly Dutch couple, and the next morning discover their hosts have been murdered. Ann and Peter flee to London only to discover the murders have touched off a Muslim rebellion in Holland that spreads to England. They return to the US, where Peter is detained at Kennedy Airport, then taken away by FBI agents.

Ann returns to her family in Los Angeles, horrified as she sees Muslim rebellions in Europe spread to civil war. With her lover in Guantanamo Bay Prison, Ann watches the United States slowly get dragged into the Eurabian war. As the Muslim world establishes a new caliphate, the United States falls into a major recession caused by high oil prices. Then a major flu epidemic. The only thing keeping Ann sane is her deep attachment to Anne Frank, and her love for Peter. Finally, Ann throws off her passivity, and decides to act.

Available at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846

Also available at Smashwords:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/8961

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Old 07-17-2010, 08:49 AM   #2
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I got it, mostly based on the stellar reviews at Amazon. It looks like it will be a good one. Thanks!
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:16 PM   #3
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I picked this up at Smashwords along with Primal Wound and Confessions of a Deathmaiden.

I have to say it might be a bit depressing, because from the description it sounds like a mirror of events that seriously worry me. Maybe a bit like Tom Kratman's Caliphate, which was aptly described as a fictional version of Mark Steyn's America Alone, another disturbing book about Europe's demographic death spiral.

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Three of my books! Thank you, Marcy. I looked up Tom Kratman's book. It looks like his book could be a sequel to mine, taking place in the 22nd century. But maybe there's room for me to write a sequel to fill out the rest of this century. -- Ruth
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:11 AM   #5
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A synagogue was attacked in Malmo, Sweden over the weekend. It is so disturbing to see my fictional account turn into a reality.
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:34 AM   #6
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I read this book on Saturday, and it really shook me up. The scenario is too believable.
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DixieGal, I'll have to move this book to the top of my TBR pile (it means only 6 other books will get read before I read it) after your comment.
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Let me know if it affects you the same as it did me. I'm still feeling uneasy about things after reading it.
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DixieGal -- I guess "uneasy" is exactly what I wanted readers to feel when I wrote the book. If you have any questions about the story, I'd be glad to try to answer them, or point you to some other nonfiction sources. Thanks for reading, Ruth
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It's in my Wish List. I'll probably buy it when I finish making my Wish List of books to buy eventually.
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Darthjoey -- I hope you can get to it soon. I'm gathering ideas for a sequel, so I'm very keen on any feedback. --Ruth
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I think Christopher Hitchens is just about the smartest guy around. Read what he had to say about this in Slate this week.

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I know! The terrorist got on the plane first here in Birmingham. This book flanged back into my mind as soon as I heard. Too close to home!
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I could hardly believe it when I saw that. I wrote the first draft of Amsterdam 2012 before Obama was elected, and so many things have happened that I wrote about as fiction. It's really eerie. If we have a flu epidemic this winter, I'll give up writing and become a psychic.
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