Arslan is a book of the post World War Two/early Cold War era, with an unknown dictator having swept to power across the world and celebrating with a brutal display of power in a small American town. More of a dystopian future novel than science fiction, it focuses on the victor in a power grab, a dictator who has decided what direction to take the human race in.
I love the exploration of character here. We follow the development of the dictator and the community we first meet him in as they adapt to this new world order. Its an interesting exploration of character and how life events define us.
Its also impossible to say much more without giving away motivations that are best revealed as the plot unfolds.