Reviews

"Wonderful book. Full of comedy and irony, if you liked Catch-22, you will love this book" November 19, 2012

 This review is from: The England Operation (Kindle Edition)

First you find that the world has turned upside down. It is the middle ages, Africa is the most powerful continent in the world and hosts the equivalent of the UN, while Europe is torn by internal strife. There is civil war in England, two generations after William and the Normans took over the country. Then as a plan evolves for a UN-style peacekeeping mission, the reader is introduced to a collection of characters - idealists, self- serving opportunists, jaded realists, novices and has beens - who variously bumble, intrigue, and generally make a bigger mess than what they first found. Along the way, you will find yourself laughing out loud and shaking your head at the craziness of each successive twist and turn. It is funny, very well written, and full of memorable characters. Thoroughly recommended.
 
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Radically funny - a real killer!" 27 septembre 2012
 
"Superb political satire about world affairs, based in medieval England. If you want to know anything about the UN or its peacekeeping missions, this book can tell you everything you ever wanted to know"- former UN peacekeeper.

"Quite frankly this should be compulsory reading at any peacekeeping course" - UN peacekeeping official in South Sudan. 

 "Swarbrick's tale grips you from start to finish...This is a great read! It kept me up all night." - Michael Soussan, author of "Backstabbing for Beginners".

"Clever and very humorous...strangely appealing" - The Myanmar Times review, 24-30 December 2012, page 46

(See full review at The Myanmar Times http://www.mmtimes.com)

 A very good read23 July 2012

By PCT - See all my reviews

 A very well observed and engaging satire on ...the United Nations from one who has clearly seen its activities at close quarters.

Written with humour and perception, the novel presents a twelfth century world where the modern day hierarchy is turned on its head. Africa is the sophisticated and technologically advanced super power and England is the insignificant backwater, where a little local difficulty becomes the unlikely focus of a peacekeeping expedition.

(T)he inexorable workings of political and commercial interests... sustained by a culture of indecision, vacillation and expediency, undermine even the best intentions and abilities.

The reader is treated to a captivating insight into the functioning of a body whose most laudable aspirations are subverted and ruthlessly manipulated by the dominant military and economic powers..., where failure... seems an inevitable outcome and where the overriding objective of the organisation ultimately appears to be the perpetuation of its own existence.

Though the vision presented is sometimes depressingly recognizable, it also contains much to amuse. This is well worth reading.

 The England Operation is an entertaining and ironic look at how an implacable bureaucracy perverts the best of intentions. Mr. Swarbrick reflects these frustrations humorously; this is not one of those cringe-worthy, thinly disguised, angry exposés. Think historical/adventure fiction...in an alternate universe. I alternately laughed out loud, rolled my eyes, and cheered for the Good Guys throughout the book. It was a roller coaster of a ride that sadly finished just as I was getting to know the characters. Am waiting for the sequel - Kazumi

Swarbrick’s debut novel is a satirical exposé of the world’s peacekeeping industry, with 12th-century England as the

backdrop and sheep as the most valuable commodity.

(The England Operation)...cleverly illuminates the frustrations and corruption that occur in the name of peacekeeping...as

international troops are deployed to the English countryside, only to stand helplessly by as Norman troops rape and

massacre English peasants. (T)he book paints an undeniable picture of the peacekeeping industry...As a result,

the story that unfolds is humorous and sly, but remains quite serious. Ultimately, Swarbrick’s novel will disturb and

agitate readers’ perceptions of how world politics really work.

"A clever, imaginative satire for readers interested in the politics of peacekeeping"

Kirkus Indie Reviews

 

"おもしろい。フィクションだが書いてあることがいちいちほんとのことなので、うなづきすぎて首が痛くなりそう。足をバタバタさせて読んでおります。やばい、また転職してしまいそうだ!それよりまず、明日会社を休まないようにするのが大変だ!読み続けたいがあまりに

国際関係とか教えてる人には、これを必須課題図書にしてほしい。

この本を読んで、「そうかー、この手があったか!」という、痛快な気持ち。そして、こうやって作品に昇華する彼の知的胆力、根性、そして創造性に、ひたすら敬意を感じずにはいられない"。- Shukuko Koyama, former UN peacekeeper in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The alternate history is at least as old as Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, but the science fiction sub-genre has really come into its own in the past two decades with authors like Harry Turtledove examining what might have happened if one watershed event had turned out another way. In his satirical novel, The England Operation, former UN peacekeeper Peter Swarbrick takes it one step farther by changing the political power structure of the world and moving the Industrial Revolution back a thousand years.

The action takes place a century after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Two factions are involved in numerous skirmishes of a disorganized civil war. The Organisation of Nations of the World (ONO) decides to send a peacekeeping mission to England to attempt to stop the rape, killing and plunder...

Readers should be reminded of Jonathan Swift, as the author satirizes recent genocide and other struggles in various African countries by having his advanced Africans bungle the peacekeeping mission to England in a mishmash of bureaucratic confusion, just as present-day humanitarian missions from the U.S. and Europe have failed and made robber barons richer and gun-running thugs more powerful...

"The England Operation is an impressive and engaging look at how a totally different world could display the same stupidity as the real one" - BlueInk Reviews.