Book Club: Faultline 49 by David Danson

By Amy Szybalski

Arts & Culture Editor

This month’s book is a little bit of a breakaway. So far this year we have delved into some classics, with George Orwell’s 1984 and Stephen King’s The Shining. Now we have one that is not only brand new, but a little out there in terms of content.

David Danson’s Faultline 49, the controversial new release from Guy Faux Books, is available now as an eBook for both Kobo and Kindle.

Why so controversial? Faultline 49 re-imagines Canada marred by American military checkpoints, rubble, and riots. The conflict is rooted in the 2001 attack on Edmonton’s World Trade centre (you read that right, a fictional WTC in Edmonton), which Journalist David Danson (the author’s namesake character) is trying to get to the bottom of.

“As Danson draws closer to the truth about the 2001 World Trade Center Bombing in Edmonton, Alberta, and the criminal war it propagated, his journalistic distance to the story collapses,rendering him not only a brutalized participant, but an enemy of the state,” explains Joe MacKinnon, Danson’s publicist.“David’s findings are as daunting as the personal price he’s paid to make them available to the North American public.”

It’s a timely book, considering this year is the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, and that we are so near the American election, where there’s been discussion of engaging in another monetarily and morally exhaustive war.

Former Canadian Ambassador to the United States, Allan Gotlieb, has praised Danson, remarking “this highly original, vivid and bizarre tale of terrorism, civil war, and foreign military intervention in Canada will shock readers and haunt them long after they have put down this book.” Renowned political theorist Noam Chomsky has called Faultline 49 “intriguing.”

Faultline 49 looks at the preconceptions of Canada’s place in the world, as well as the danger of neo-imperialism and military intervention for nations on the fringe of empirical rule. So far, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the concept of going to war with the states, or having them go to war with us, but it seems like a promising novel.