Review – Caliphate (Novel)23 December, 2012
Caliphate by Tom Kratman is a fable disguised as speculative fiction.
Set in the early 22nd Century where Europe has fallen to the tide of Islam (from their greater birthrates and immigration), America is an expansionist near-fascist state after terrorist nuclear weapons destroyed several US cities, the rest of the world is rather ill-defined except that the whites are back in power in South Africa and China is a kingdom again. Primarily it serves as a warning of what the author thinks will happen to Europe if they do not wake up and take the Islamic demographic threat seriously (this is made explicit in the afterward).
The characters are at best two-dimensional, and the Muslims are almost universally wicked and liberals universally blind to the Islamic threat in the flashbacks, but the action is well written. But it remains a fable, that the US is good (even if it has to abandon everything noble it stands for and become an empire to fight the Islamic threat) and Islam is bad, all Muslims are bad and incapable of adapting to the West (and secretly want to impose the most barbaric form of Islam on everyone), and -for good measure- the Chinese are bad too but at least they hate Islam.
It is an interesting read but there are no surprises, political points are hammered home with the subtly of a sledge hammer and the rape scenes are gratuitous. But if you think the theme is intriguing, it may be worth your time to read.