- Paperback: 374 pages
- Publisher: Writing Shop (March 12, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984946527
- ISBN-13: 978-0984946525
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,323,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have learned much more about how the events in WW2 flowed around historical actors as Schettler's characters, displaced from modern times, discuss with historical personalities what happened and why in "the history we know", and why "things are different now". I just love this series. This is a great way to understand history from the perspective of those that fought the battles. Too bad today's kids can't learn history this way. As to why there are so many books (30+), Schettler devotes 3-4 books to address events in each year of WW2, moving back and forth from the Atlantic, Med., to the Pacific. Great Series. Buy this first book and I believe you'll be hooked by the story line and characters. I certainly was, and am.
The Allies had just sunk the Bismark and had bottled up other German commerce raiders, leaving the considerable menace of the U-boats as the only significant German threat to the sea lanes. It would seem that Mr. Schettler did not find that to be a suitably dramatic foe for the Kirov, so he needed to contrive to set it at against Britain and the US from its very first encounter. And as the hunt plays out, Capt. Karpov's differences with the Russian Fleet Commander, who is also on board, become critical.
Frankly, I thought the ship's mistaken identity was unnecessary; the option of identifying itself as a Russian ship was not given serious consideration. And the loathing I would have expected for the Nazi regime that was responsible for so many deaths was largely absent. In its place was a great deal of resentment of the West, which I will leave to Russians to judge for its credibility. Finally, in addition to the huge advantage afforded by its electronic eyes and ears, the Kirov also happens to have on board a young officer who is obsessed by WWII naval history and has a library of relevant books along with him. One in particular gives an almost perfect picture of what was happening at sea at that time.
There is a little too much explanation of this and that: what people are thinking, history, weapons, etc. And all this tends to slow down the pace of the story, even at the very start. Well, I agree that time travel would not be my first explanation for what those on the Kirov faced, so I'll give that a pass. However, the inner demons of Capt. Karpov were not really my cup of tea.
Despite my reservations about some aspects of "Kirov", there can never be too much fiction mixing time travel and war, so I will definitely give the second volume a look.