Best wishes to all who drop by this blog. Despite the demands for Breaking News crises from 24-hour-news channels, the world is in pretty good shape — far better than half or quarter of a century ago. Iraq was meant to collapse into civil war and partition. It didn’t. The summer was full of talk about a new Cold War, but no-one seemed to want it. In the economic downturn, China’s proved to be not a strategic threat but a global ally. And the dreadful famines and diseases that used to kill millions seem to be no more.
All the more reason to spend the New Year season with great thrillers The Third World War, for fictional analysis of how disaster could strike and Security Breach for a sassy kick-ass heroine, Kat Polinski, who’ll keep you curled up on the edge of your seat late into the night.