- File Size: 3570 KB
- Print Length: 498 pages
- Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (March 10, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 10, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UK9XLXO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Division of the Damned Kindle Edition
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That is until now.
Richard Rhys Jones' novel took me by complete surprise.
The tide of war has turned against the once unstoppable German armies, and Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, is approached by a Romanian count claiming to be part of the ethnic German minority of the Siebenbürger Sachsen who promises him an army of soldiers capable to fight during the night. Enamored by the occult and by the obvious advantages of such a deal he send newly promoted Eastern Front veteran Markus von Struck and a select band of trusted Waffen-SS soldiers into Romania to escort his envoy Dr. Rasch to finalize the deal.
At the same time the British apparently are approached by the same count and decide to send Major James Smith onto a commando operation, dropping him via parachute into the Carparthians.
What starts ordinary enough for the peak of WW2 soon branches out into the fields of legend, religious myths reaching back four thousand years, and horror. The lines between ally and enemy begin to blurr, and soon a motley crew of the most unlikely heroes are all that stand between survival and an all-consuming darkness.
Jones' human characters, even the secondary ones, are all well-rounded, three dimensional people with strengths and weaknesses and they, even more so than the extremely well-paced story, are what carries the novel to its action-packed climax. This is even moreso stunning since a large parts of the protagonist we follow are German Waffen-SS soldiers, a group not commonly atributed with positive traits. But over the course of the narrative Jones manages to turn them into layered, likeable individuals, and while they share the limelight with a handful of other characters like a pair of Jewish KZ inmates who turn into unlikely - and ultimately really satisfying - heroes, they are the true protagonists of The Division of the Damned.
What's at stake and who are the heroes? Well this quote narrows it down more succinctly than I ever could:
"Who'd have thought it would come to this?" Michael asked nobody in particular.
"What?" Rohleder asked without looking up from scrubbing his barrel. "That the final fight for mankind would be fought by a couple of modern-day knights, German SS, an Englishman, a Communist, a Jewish woman and a Jewish werewolf?"
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is The Division of the Damned in all its glory - and it is a glorious read indeed - condensed into half a dozen sentences. If you haven't figured it out by now: I'm totally enamored by this book. If you can even remotely get into the WW2/Horror combination this is a read you must not pass by.
I'm a romance girl most of the time but one who occasionally leaps out of my comfort zone to taste the treats that other genres have to offer. This is by far a stretch for me to read horror mixed with war, but I'm so glad I did.
I kept thinking, when will I start to get bored or disgusted, but that never happened. The more the storyline weaves in and out of the characters lives, the more I wanted to read on. For me the characters made this book. I connected with each and every one of them. The shifting viewpoints let me in their heads and let me know their stories. Particularly with the SS officers, characters I'd never thought I'd like to get to know. The author here was extremely clever in dealing with how to portray them so the reader would give them credibility and actually grow to like them. This was balanced by the introduction of characters from all sides of the war. The Russians, Jewish concentration camp survivors, and civilians.
Now to the plot, and what a plot it was, vampire armies being recruited by Himmler to stop the advancing Russians. But .. That was not all that was at play another subplot, one even more sinister is revealed, when human kinds destruction is the true intended casualty. This story really has it all and at times the writing seemed so believable I had to remember it was fiction, and vampires are mythical. True evil abounds in many forms in this novel but it's the light of the heroes that keep you turning the page.
Oh and being a romance girl I was glad to see there was some of that too. That ticked the last box on this one. For a book that has it all you shouln't miss out on reading Division of the Damned. It's a damn fine read.