by M. J. Engh


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Arslan 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Niktacular More than 1 year ago
This book was intriguing from start to finish. Engh did an amazing job of creating an interesting character, Arslan, who is so horrible but I couldn't get enough of and had to know more about him. How is he able to take over this town, the country, and the world? How does he survive? How does the narrator(s) deal with the situation? Each scene and experience felt very real. Read this book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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 US 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.

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crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's not really a science fiction, though perhaps in the 70s when it was written, this would be the only category in which it would fit.Anyway, it's more like an alternate history (though, I suppose, in the 70s it was not history, but it is today). So, it might even make more sense now if it was treated as an alternative history story.It's not very interesting, however, because it's sort of like a political discussion of 'imagine if someone tried to take over the world' based out of small-town USA. It's not as humorous but it's very much like Hogan's Heroes where the captives play along with the captors. And, like Hogan's Heroes, there are no female characters/characterization, unless, of course, you count the brothel workers.
JayTheMagnificent on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
not an "easy" read, but gives a viewpoint on why people come to love their tormentors
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