"A SF novel with a message. Quite good"
When the name General Arslan is first mentioned on American
TV, no one has heard of him and very few people can locate
his nation Turkiston. His country happens to be a small
central Asian country boarded by China and Russia. Not
long after making the news for the first time, Arslan
decides to begin his plan to save the planet from the
spiral of corruption and destruction that its leaders seem
to desire. He quickly becomes the Deputy Command in Chief
of the U. S. armed forces and behind that, conqueror of
North America without a drop of blood spilled.
Arslan comes to strategically unnecessary Kraftville,
Illinois to bivouac. In the small town, General Arslan
meets Principal Franklin Bond who takes the new world
leader on a tour of the school. Here in this tiny little
spot where Arslan meets someone treating him like an equal
not a conqueror, the young General sets up house.
Is the premise of a General from a country smaller than
Brooklyn conquering the United States seems a stretch on
first thought? Absolutely, that is until you read M.J.
Engh's fabulous science fiction novel. The two key
characters, Arslan and Franklin seem real as they form a
special bond between them. In the vein of The Mouse That
Roared, this political science fiction tale lives up to
what readers have screamed since its initial release five
years ago: classic.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 6, 2001