Empire of Lies
What if the Ottoman Empire survived to this day? How would it impact the course of history? These questions are explored in Raymond Khoury’s explosive (literally) alternate history novel, Empire of Lies.
The book starts off with a member of ISIS gaining knowledge of time travel by interrogating a museum director. He then decides to travel back in time to 1683, at the height of the Battle of Vienna, to ensure the Ottomans successfully capture the city and thus have the Ottoman Empire last to this day.
In 2017, Paris and the rest of Europe is ruled by an Ottoman sultan. When a naked, tattooed man washes up on the banks of the River Seine, the sultan’s chief counterterrorism investigator, Kamal Arslan Agha, is called to investigate. The man is treated by Kamal’s estranged brother in a hospital. During his treatment, the man rambles incoherently about past events. It turns out that the man is Rasheed, the same ISIS terrorist who traveled back in time and ensured the Ottomans’ survival.
Khoury deftly mixes time travel, a classic science fiction trope, with history and thriller elements to deliver a fast-paced plot with lots of twists and turns. With immense world building and character development, Empire of Lies is a what-if alternate history novel on a par with those of Harry Turtledove.
|Page Count||448 pages|
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|Category||Mystery, Crime & Thriller|