Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Good bye California - Alistair MacLean

The plot for the book is set in the United States. An Islamic terrorist kidnaps nuclear scientists and steals radioactive material from a California nuclear power plant. The plot focusses on the plan of the kidnappers to build their own atomic bombs which if exploded along California's earthquake fault lines could kill millions of people and destroy California's major cities.

The inspiration for the plot appears to be acknowledged by Maclean himself in his preface to the 1977 edition of the book where he describes his first experience of an earthquake while in California on 9 February 1972.

This is a fiction which introduced to the world what Islam holy war means. Haven't we so often seen fictions becomes reality?

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