The Invasion of Europe is about to begin...
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are mere footnotes in history, the west banished from the Middle East as a powerful new Caliphate unites the Islamic world. While Europe wallows in economic depression an army gathers on its borders, watching, waiting....
The massive truck bomb that levels Whitehall is the signal to commence hostilities, heralding a wave of chaos that paralyses the capital and engulfs Europe. Trapped beneath the streets by the unfolding mayhem, Prime Minister Harry Beecham and a small team of Special Forces soldiers must escape the city before it falls, their destination a secret government complex buried deep beneath the West Country hills. As England buckles beneath the military onslaught it becomes clear that sanctuary must lie elsewhere, far to the north, where remaining British forces have massed along an ancient border, dug in deep to await the final battle for survival.
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INVASION is a fast paced military thriller, an alternative history tale of continental war and personal survival, of what could, or maybe would, happen if the balance of global power ever shifted.
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Invasion began life as a film script, a gritty drama about a British Prime Minister trapped in a bunker beneath Whitehall while chaos engulfs the city above. As the ideas began to flow the script blossomed into a feature-length project and then, freed from the restrictive framework of a movie script, into a full scale novel, one that told the story of a military invasion of Europe carried out by a fictitious Islamic super-state. Invasion was born and with it a love of novel writing, in particular high-concept thrillers.
With Invasion finished I began trawling through the Writers and Artists Year Book, eventually sending out over a hundred proposals. After eighteen months and several hundred pounds spent on postage I decided to bite the bullet and face the moment every aspiring writer dreads - the prospect of self-publishing. I had a thousand copies printed in December 2006, all of which were sold by the end of March 2007. Highest ranking achieved on Amazon was 352 and after 22 reader reviews to date, the book has received a healthy four star rating. However, at a whopping 630 pages Invasion was a very expensive book to produce and the costs were prohibitive, so I like to think of the thousand out there as collector's items. At one point Invasion was exchanging hands on Amazon for fifty pounds a copy, and at the time of writing, the US Amazon site is selling copies for over a hundred dollars. Not bad for a book that retailed at eight fifty.
But the story of Invasion doesn't end there. In 2007 a TV producer contacted me with a view to turning Invasion into a ten part mini-series, a project that materialised then vanished in the space of a month. I sent a copy to one of the UK's leading literary agents, Andrew Lownie, who phoned me almost immediately. A week later I was signing contracts in his impressive London office, convinced that fame and fortune was just a print run away. But it was not to be; professional readers went to work, circling my baby like sharks in the water, their critiques like razor-teeth, shredding characters, plot lines and narratives mercilessly. Half of the book had to be surgically cut away, the other half rewritten, every chapter revised, re-edited or removed. With Invasion in pieces and the day job under increasing pressure, Andrew rightly suggested I should rethink the whole project. We parted ways shortly afterwards (amicably, it must be said) but not before I'd learned much about how publishing works and how a writer's pride and joy is merely a product to be moulded and bartered, packaged and publicised, until it finally makes money. Or not. Due to its sheer size and production costs I decided to re-write Invasion for Kindle, paring down the narrative to a more manageable and, in my view, a far slicker work, the plot still edgy and original, the pace unrelenting. Although the original version was written some time ago the narrative remains relevant, born off the back of the harrowing events of Nine-Eleven and the ideological struggle that has gripped the world ever since.
DC Alden is the Amazon #1 bestselling author of INVASION, THE HORSE AT THE GATES, and THE ANGOLA DECEPTION. When he's not writing thrillers he likes to make films, and has written, produced and directed live action trailers for two of his novels. DC's writing always commands attention, and his fast-paced works are often inspired by the seldom reported sub-plots that drive global events. His works are a peek behind the curtain, a lifting of the lid, a glimpse of the 'dark actors' lurking in the shadows...
Action/adventure, military thrillers, mystery, conspiracy, suspense...DC's work embraces it all. For more information, please visit his official website at dcaldenbooks.com
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