No matter what side of any debate a person falls on, it’s easy to see that in this world, division is what often leads to political disasters, economic fallout and worse of all, war. It was Jesse Jackson who said, “At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division.” In author Ionah Arbuthnott’s novel Weapons of Mass Disablement, the question of division plays into a longstanding conflict that mirrors our real life situation as Iran threatens to invade and destroy Israel as the world knows it.
Playing into the real world conflicts between Israel and Iran, the story tells of Iran as a nation stockpiling and strategically placing guided missiles amongst various nations surrounding Israel. Hoping to use an attack to destabilize the nation enough to send its forces into the country, Iran hopes to finally cleanse the nation of Israel of all of its Jewish and Christian citizens. Delving into the Australian outback in the laboratory of a mysterious scientist and into the meetings of leaders from Iran, Israel, Russia, The United States and more, this novel finds a shocking new scientific discovery that has the power to stop the violence and end the war before it begins.
This was an incredibly powerful, well written narrative that brought the conflict in Israel and the Middle East into a new light. The constant struggle between these nations has been evident for years, but seeing the lengths nations are willing to go to in order to exterminate another group of people will shock and sober the reader in a very real way. The combination of action and adventure with a twist of a bit of sci-fi for good measure make this a fascinating read, giving the reader both entertainment value as well as the ability to question one’s morality and the struggle we all feel in that regard.
This is a novel for anyone who enjoys a good action-adventure tale with a global conspiracy element and some sci-fi story devices here and there. As someone who enjoys this novel, not only was I drawn into the tale but I was also fascinated with the conflict that this story was based around. It amazes the mind to see such division and violence born of hatred from one religious group geared towards another, which is something we as a people see every day not only in the Middle East, but in our own backyards as well.
This is a remarkable read that people should grab copies of today. Author Ionah Arbuthnott does a fantastic job of drawing the reader into the narrative and creating characters that make you care not only about them and their journey, but about the conflict itself in this novel. In the end, the novel showcases the folly of division due to race, gender, sexuality or religion in general, and shows that the path forward is truly through unity, not division.
US Book Review
Weapons of Mass Disablement
by Ionah Arbuthnott
Book review by Susan C. Morris
“And once again, we are helping ourselves as God would surely approve. Israeli ingenuity has produced for us not the weapons of mass destruction which our enemies would use against us, but weapons of mass disablement."
In a matter of weeks, Israel is threatened with a multipronged attack of 244,000 guided missiles from Lebanon, Syria, and Gaza. The assault, planned by Iran, will weaken Israel to the point where Iranian troops can invade the country, complete the genocide of the Israeli people, and impose Shiite rule throughout the Middle East. Israel must work quickly to prevent the attack. As part of its military weaponry, Israel possesses the MWG—a microwave gun capable of disabling missiles before they’re launched. Meanwhile, Jonathan, an ailing Australian scientist, has developed a secret weapon—the DMAT—which renders a person and everything it touches invisible. Jonathan recruits Kate, his palliative caretaker, to convince the Israeli prime minister to use the DMAT together with the MWG, a move which will enable Israel to enter enemy territories and disable missiles without detection. But will they be in time to stop a national doomsday from happening?
It is evident that Arbuthnott is knowledgeable of Israel’s relations with her Middle-Eastern neighbors and Western countries. With much of Israel’s present-day politics entering into the scenario, this fictional work, which takes place in the year 2019, parallels reality. Although hatred and destruction permeate the dialogue from Iran, it is countered with hope and idealism in the scientific journey for a secure and peaceful future for Israel. Within the discourse of eminent war, and what could be a catastrophic end to Israel, Arbuthnott softens events by creating an endearing relationship between Jonathan and Kate. A combination of science fiction, Middle-Eastern politics, military affairs, and intelligence operations make this not-so-futuristic book a page-turner.
RECOMMENDED by the US Review