Dividing Lines is a contempory novel telling the story of two men trapped in an elevator at a skyscraper in London called the “Four Freedoms Tower”. The protagonist Andy Baker is an advertising executive from Manchester in London on business and staying at the tower. The antagonist Khalid is an Islamic extremist and member of Al-Qaeda, who is planning on conducting a suicide bombing in London.
The two men get in the lift early in the morning and the lift breaks down. The story follows both men’s reaction to their situation and each other. We also flashback to key moments in each man’s life until finally the lift drops to the ground.
The book deals with the things that divide the human race, religion, politics, class, age, sexuality and nationality. And it asks what, if anything unites us as a species? Serving as a devastating and timely critique of the West it asks the question ‘is there a better way of living?’ and without having the arrogance to answer it, Blower respectfully leaves this to the reader to make up their own mind.
Praise for SHELL SHOCK also by Neil Blower:
‘A vivid and compassionate portrayal of an ex-soldier having to cope with post-traumatic stress syndrome, and it shows just how important is the work of charities such as Combat Stress.’ – General Sir Mike Jackson
‘This is a book that society should be talking about to better understand the realities of contemporary conflict.’ – Colonel TJ Hodgetts CBE L/RAMC
‘An important book because it addresses a very modern problem… a glimpse into that world of confusion, doubt and dislocation. Whilst it is a fiction, perhaps for the young man next to you on the train or on the football terrace, it is a reality.’ – Colonel Tim Collins
‘I feel like I have been hit by a train. I have never laughed, cried and read a book that is so superbly written, holds no punches and at no point sways away from the focus of the story.’ – Hussein al-Alak, UN Observer