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Werner Heisenberg is a character trying to create the A-bomb. He moans that only the Jewish scientists can do it, including Bohr who works with the British.In this alternate world Israel avenges the Jews killed in the Holacaust, appreciates the art and Bauhaus architecture dismissed by Germany and plays a vital role. To the last man they fight to the finish or take a cyanide pill. This book has tenacious fighters, including the women, although they fulfill 1950's stereotypes with great cleavage.
Love the glossary and alternative timeline at the book's end. You can check up on people and events! This book is well researched and beautifully written.
The setting is an alternative timeline in the 1950’s where Churchill is dead (killed in 1941) and America never entered World War 2. The setting is one of the best things about the book. Shimmin completely immerses the reader in the alternative culture, especially when the characters are in Germany. There is no holding back when it comes to twenty-letter long German words and phrases. The effect is immersive.
If you’re looking for a tale of espionage to verses evil, this is it. The use of alternative cold war sci-fy technologies is also a nice touch. The book keeps the plot moving and the reader in constant suspense. I highly recommend this book.
First off, the book is extremely well written; it has the full command of story-telling skill needed in any compelling adventure tale. Second, it’s an interesting mix of spy, sci-fi, and bare-knuckles detective fare. However, it’s grittier, less posturing and pretentious – and therefore much more plausible – than 007. The fact that this mix is forged in the context of an alternate-history tale makes it all the more fascinating.
In some ways the story-line is predictable: the defiant, hyper-resourceful hero trading high-stakes strikes and counterstrikes with the sneering, uber-powerful, evil genius, featuring encounters in face-to-face, mutually insulting spats whenever possible. Facile quips and reposts abound not only between those two but many others throughout the book.
No doubt about it, constantly building suspense is artfully deployed to keep one’s attention riveted. Dialogue is a little bit glib at times, but clever and informative in a way that moves the plot along. Technology – always front and center in such stories – is sometimes an odd combination of old (walkie-talkies and diesel generators) and the ultra-new (Heisenberg world-dominating bombs and space-time manipulation). There is a fair amount of gore, but not too stomach-turning even for milder tastes like mine.
The plot holds together well, although toward the end the frequent change of time and venue are a bit challenging to keep up with. Overall, I think it’s an imaginative, masterfully handled tale of What-if-Hitler-had-won? intrigue.
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Graeme Shimmin's debut is an alternate history speculative fiction novel that manages to avoid the pitfalls of the genre: the different world...Read more