Uprising: A Novel Hardcover – Jan 19 2010
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This book often reads more like a case study than a novel (not a ton of character development - hence the drop of one star), but still raises interesting questions and scenarios (I leave the credibility and feasibility of said scenarios to those more expert than me to assess) about Canada's vulnerabilities and Aboriginal grievances.
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