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Uprising: A Novel [Hardcover]

Douglas L. Bland
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Jan. 19 2010
When impoverished, disheartened, poorly educated, but well-armed aboriginal young people find a modern revolutionary leader, they rally with a battle cry of "Take Back the Land!" Theirs is a fight to right the wrongs inflicted on them by "the white settlers."

They know they are too small to take on the entire country, but they don't need to. Over a few tension-filled days as the battles rages over abundant energy resources, the frantic prime minister can only watch as the insurrection paralyzes the country. But when energy-dependent Americans discover the southward flow of Canadian hydroelectricity, oil, and natural gas is halted, they do not remain passive.

Although none of the country's leaders see it coming, the shattering consequences unfold with the same plausible harmony by which quiet aboriginal protests decades ago became the eerie premonitions of today's stand-offs and "days of action."

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... the fictional conditions underlying the uprising in the book so mirror the reality of modern Canada. (National Post)

A riveting read, the book posits a series of loosely co-ordinated, but crippling, panic-inducing strikes by native guerrillas on Canada's most vulnerable energy and transportation installations. (National Post)

Senator ROMEO DALLAIRE: "We have heard about the Aboriginal Day of Action. Is the internal security risk rising as the youth see themselves more and more disenfranchised? In fact, if they ever coalesced. Could they not bring this country to a standstill?"

The Right Honourable PAUL MARTIN: "My answer, and the only one we all have, is we would hope not.

(Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, Ottawa, Tuesday, April 8, 2008)

Hard-hitting and regrettably all too believable.

(Jack Granatstein, award-winning military historian, author of Who Killed Canada's Military?)

Combat-arms' veteran, counter-insurgency expert, counsellor to governments, and leading military scholar-now, Colonel Bland emerges in Uprising as a master thriller-writer who wrenches Canadians from a stale-dated dream world, and answers the inescapable question: what happens in dangerous times when a passive population, narcissistic politicos and uncertain bureaucrats determine the nation's fate? A scintillating read, and devastating warning.

(David Harris, Director, International and Terrorist Intelligence Program, INSIGNIS Strategic Research Inc.; former Chief of Strategic Planning, Canadian Security Intelligence Service)

We have a right to be frustrated, concerned, angry anger that's building and building.

(Phil Fontaine, Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations)

It's time to quit being loyal Canadians. We don't need the white man's money. We need a share of our own wealth.

(Terrance Nelson, Chief, Roseau River First Nation, Manitoba)

Dr. Bland skilfully uses the format of a novel to examine Aboriginal and domestic security issues.... Uprising is neither a conspiracy tale nor a slippery slope argument. It is the canary in the mineshaft. With a frustrated, young Aboriginal population with limited chances relative to the broader Canadian population, with current means of addressing historical and current grievances wanting, and with limited Canadian capacity to ensure domestic security, it simply would not take that much to ignite a stronger opposition to the state and its mechanisms. The domestic security situation is more fragile and our means more limited to address threats than Canadians would like to think, and hoping for the best is not enough. (On Task Journal)

About the Author

Douglas L. Bland retired as a lieutenant-colonel after 30 years with the Canadian Forces and then became Chair in Defence Studies at Queen's University. A respected author of non-fiction, he often advises those in the highest offices on defence and security. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting March 15 2013
Format:Hardcover
For Tom Clancy fans looking for some Canadian content, this is a great read. Difficult to put down, and particularly thought-provoking in the wake of Idle No More. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but not Tom Clancy April 7 2013
Format:Hardcover
Dr Bland has written an interesting novel regarding a potential response to Aboriginal unrest in Canada. I first read this book back in 2010 and re-read it in January 2013 during the Idle No More protest. In an interview, Bland has stated that he wrote this book using the Charles Dickens approach to social issues of the day, in this case, the situation of Aboriginals in contemporary Canada - a useful approach, but ultimately not convincing.

As an Aboriginal Canadian and retired military professional, I see two major weaknesses with Bland's hypothesis, First, his depiction of Aboriginal Canadians serving in the Canadian Forces is highly questionable - to suggest that many Aboriginals would readily switch their loyalty from Canada to some vague movement is without substance and rather abhorrent. Second, the ultimate scenario presented in the book resulting from an "Indian uprising" is not realistic or substantive.

All that aside, Bland has produced an entertaining alternative history that should be read by thinking Canadians. Given the high cost, a paperback edition should be published.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a bit on the boring side Sept. 2 2010
By J. Lee
Format:Hardcover
I think Bland should realize that trying to re-creating real life situations through gov't and military jargon does not always make interesting reading. If you want to read about real experiences look up books that actually cover the Oka crisis. Uprising is the same thing, but on a larger scale. Zzzzzzzzzz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars boreal roller-coaster Jan. 30 2012
By Barney Clearview - Published on Amazon.com
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Douglas L. Bland's novel "Uprising",is a startling, riveting read. For a certain type of reader. It contains absolutely no love interest, no sex at all and the only car chases end in fireballs. It all takes place in Canada or about Canada and only Canadians of a certain mentality will get a lot of the background. What we get is a most excellent, tightly written military history of a fictional event. Professor Bland is an expert military man and his expertise shines through in all the many scenes of military action. He has done his readers the courtesy of researching closely the physical settings of his action, so that for example, this reader could smell the sand and pines of Petawawa as the book's action begins. The whole scenario is riddled with uniquely Canadian experience; the preaching CBC, the shallow media, the clueless bureaucrats, all our national cast of mealy-mouthed hypocrites. So the book would quite certainly, be largely baffling to a non-Canadian. People from other countries would refuse to believe that we could have a whole governing class so divorced from reality. It would also be a frustrating book for anyone not fairly well versed in military ideas. The action is like real military experience; long spells of menacing quiet interrupted by minutes of pure terror. The characters are not deeply drawn and their roles are concentrated on a head-long plunge through a series of cascading disasters, so that the reader is riveted by the action, not by the personalities. The book is a delightful "Guy's book", lots of high tech explosions and clever plot, not a whiff of sweet romance. A great read. A very Canadian read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Canadian made terrorism Nov. 16 2013
By Geoffrey Parks - Published on Amazon.com
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It may be a work of fiction, but the author has been in a lot of briefings where these scenarios are not far of the reality of the threat and response to domestic terrorism in Canada.
4.0 out of 5 stars The evolution of Canada March 18 2013
By Gordon D Lamont - Published on Amazon.com
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I am gratified to know more about the relationship between the very early settlers of the lands of Canada and the later settlers, who brought economy with them. Now is a time for Truth and Reconciliation and education of All Canadians about their true history, as Harper promised in his Apology. Doug Bland has provided a reasonable argument for Harper to keep that promise for the wellbeing of all Canadians and the evolution of a stronger Canada that takes care of its people while promoting prosperity.
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting for information, not as a work of fiction Jan. 25 2013
By A. Winkless - Published on Amazon.com
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The author was a military officer who was originally doing research for a work of non-fiction, then decided a novel would reach a wider audience. It shows. The information about weak points in Canada's infrastructure, and possible strategies to attack and defend are very interesting. Plot and character, however, leave something to be desired. If you're looking for enthralling fiction, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a very interesting analysis of Canada's strategic vulnerabilities, this is your book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tomorrow's News Headlines Today Jan. 17 2013
By Franklin Hilliard - Published on Amazon.com
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Uprising by Douglas Bland is an authoritative look at what could happen if Canada's native population rises up again and stages an insurrection. It was written well before the current 'Idle No More' protests and shows just how vulnerable Canada is to this kind of rebellion. Douglas Bland is an Associate Professor and Chair in Defence Management Studies in the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University, so he's no lightweight when it comes to discussing this problem. Indeed, he originally thought of doing so as an academic paper. We're fortunate he decided to recast it as fiction because it's easier to grasp. Whether it's easier to digest is quite another matter because there is no simple way to fix the problem.
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