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Kirov Saga: Fallen Angels: 9 Days Falling - Volume II (Kirov Series) Paperback – July 4, 2013
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I am a Marine, now retired, so I am fiercely protective of this country and our servicemen and women. Hence, I am likely to be combative when these good, honest people are taken to task in any way. So I ask for your patience with any criticism I may make.
My only criticism and I am fully aware that it is the prerogative of the writer to write whatever he wants and I accept that from the start. All I want is the playing field to be more level and accurate, if I have to endure a story in which the Americans take a beating. What I am referring to is the following: the battle between the Russians ships (3 of them) and the American fleet and airpower is decidedly one way. Picture this - there are two fighters in a ring. One wears armor to the hilt, covering his shoulders, face, and torso with 1 inch spikes and many layers of protection under the spikes. The other fighter is blindfolded, has his arms tied behind his back and has a swollen knee that prevents his maneuvers. Now they are to fight. The fighter tied hand and foot and eyes is the American and the Russian is the other brute. That is how this story unfolds. How can you not like such a scenario? Well I do not. Yes the Russian ship, Kirov, might as well be from another planet for all of that it is so far advanced.
When the madman Captain Karpov of the Kirov uses nuclear weapons on the Americans, I almost threw the book away. I stayed with it, for the author has done a lot of hard work in developing the story. I only wish it was not so one sided and so against the Americans. I believe he should have made that madman less mad. Using nuclear weapons in any theatre of battle is not going to win any long term fights and will likely lead to much further battles, much more intense and horrible to behold. He had no logic to support his use of such weapons. Kirov could have exited the area easily, gotten clean away from the American fleet. The Captain thought he held all the cards and could negotiate some sort of special status for his people, who did not exist by the way at that time in the timeline he was in. How would that work, dear Captain? Insanity at its height. So for the intensity of the story, the writer does tell the story a bit better than I feared he might. So I am writing this as a positive review rather than as a negative one.
I do recommend this story to you, but beware that if you are as fierce and protective as I, it will not go down lightly with you. So be ready to get angry, but stick with it for it will not completely disappoint. If he had been a bit more fair with both sides, as he was not in the previous story in the series, the outcome might have been more intense and interesting than it turned out.
Joseph M. Patane, Ph.D.
I have to say I love the way Mr Schettler draws the reader in. What seems like totally irrelevant information is thrown in and then revealed to be a little piece of the vast historical knowledge that Mr Schettler possesses of WW2. Everything is well considered and adds to the reality that this whole saga is REAL, not just a work of fiction. Little things are considered, like (sorry for the mini spoiler) President(still in the future at that point) Ford being killed in action when the Kirov sinks his ship in 1945. I would love to know how that affects the time line!
In this installment, the Kirov is once again flung into the chatic events of WW2 right on the cusp of the signing of surrender by the Japanese, this time by the Demon volcano exploding. In this timeline however, the atom bomb was never used by the USA. Meanwhile, Federov has launched a mission to capture Orlov in 1942 and the truth of their ability to shift in time is revealed, along with some surprises along the way. In 2021, the world continues its 9 day decent to hell and the question to be answered is, can it all be prevented?
This series is well worth the read and it definitely gets better and better with each book in the series. Read them from the begginning and you will NOT be dissapointed!!! I will admit that I struggled in some books, but as I have realised, it was the author finding his feet and his feet have well and truly been found!! Bring on the final installment "The Devil's Garden".
In this latest installment, no worries no spoilers here, the world is going to war, a final, end it all, Armageddon war. And Kirov is right in the middle again . . . . or should I say the center of it, in more than one time line!
Seriously, buy the first (I think you can "bundle them," buy a whole set of novels at a time and save some bucks, and read them all in order. Any fan of alternative histories, naval fiction, military fiction, heck any fan of reading will love these novels. Buy them all, read them all (in order), and lets keep this author writing!
For example, there is a chapter with several paragraphs that describe the minutiae of every single commercial a man is watching on Television. It was painful.
The main characters I can picture in my mind.
The science is also very interesting, quite believable.
I wish to thank the author for giving me something I am completely into. Well done!