One of my reviewers, not really in the spirit of paying me a compliment, called Keaen a 'political novel' and accordingly convoluted. For those of you—most of you I'd guess—who haven't read the novel or its sequels, it's probably informative to mention that the parallels between the Israel-Palestine thing, at least in some aspects, are stunning. Not that I planned it that way. I had a completely different narrative thing in mind, and these aspects of similarity between the kingdoms of Keaen and Tergan, and the parallels with the worsening Mid-East situation, were quite incidental, though now they are steeped in bitter irony, especially when considering this rather depressing article in the NYT.
In connection with this, it might be an idea to also to have a look at this and this article, both of which should give pause for thought—or not, depending on one's political inclination.
Of course, the political issues in the Valley were ultimately resolved, mainly because those in power were somewhat more benign, intelligent and less uniopic than those in power in the real world, but what the heck? Mine was a story. This happens to be real. As are the victims of the whole affair.
The only question—by no means as easy as the world seems to think—is: whose victims are they?