Anyone read a book about Korea, the Baltic States, and Saladin?
December 12, 2011 10:16 AM Subscribe
I'm trying to find out the title and author of a near-future geopolitical thriller written sometime back in the 90's.
posted by AdamCSnider to media & arts (6 answers total)
According to the friend on whose behalf I'm looking into this, the title was/included a numerical date (the title may have been 2010, for example, or The World Goes Nuts: 2009).
The plot involves, among other things, North Korea going to war with South Korea, a revitalized Russia invading Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and running up against NATO, and a charismatic terrorist nicknamed "Saladin" pulling together the Middle East against the West and firing off an EMP burst/nuclear weapon over Israel to muck up their military systems in the run-up to an invasion.
The book is written from the perspective of multiple characters, with a great deal of "zoom out" style exposition when things heat up ("Meanwhile, the Russian general staff were thinking this...."). My friend suggested that at places it sounds almost like a documentary feature written in the aftermath of the book's events, somewhat like World War Z.
Both our attempts to trawl Google Books and local library catalogues have failed miserably thus far, so I figured I'd see if any of this jingles some memories here.