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Sidhe-Devil Mass Market Paperback – May 22, 2001
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The Fair world is running decades behind the Grim world in time, and this new plot seems to involve their Nazi counterparts, the Reinis, trying to take over their European nations with the white super race. There is also an Olympics type organization, and the Reinis are trying to show the world that they are the best. Zeb is entered, and he’s black, and plans on taking the gold if the white sun god doesn’t kill him first.
This was another fast, action-packed novel of an alternate world, with an alternate Doc Savage and aides fighting evil around the world in the person of Doc Sidhe and his aides. All the aides are present, and even a few gangsters help Doc and team out in beating the white super race. The author was a popular SF writer, but sadly died of a heart attack several years ago, so we won’t see any more stories in this series. However, he proves in these Doc Savage pastiches that he could have written more if he’s had time. The two published novels in the Doc Sidhe series were lots of fun. Highly recommended.
Don't worry if you haven't read the first book, because this one stands alone quite well. No, wait. If you missed Doc Sidhe, run out and get it. You're really missing something! Having read Doc Sidhe, (and having been entranced by it) I couldn't wait for Sidhe Devil to hit the stands. The humor is still strong, and the characters are still enjoyable. The story MOVES like you won't believe, and visualization is easy enough through-out.
As I said, the story moves very well, the writing style is fluid and the interactions are very real. I can imagine people saying these things to each other, and getting angry, laughing, being touched, etc. But I found myself put upon to enjoy the climactic conflict between Good and Evil as much as I had hoped to. The bad guys in this story are strangely under-developed, and in fact remain unknown for most of the novel. Allston typically shows his antagonist's motives and thoughts in excellent interactions with their henchmen. With this element missing, the impact of the finale seemed diminished. Everything else is in place, though. Intelligence on the parts of all the characters, no "typical" mistakes, and just when you think you can predict the next chapter, you're off in a new direction.
All in all, a great book and really enjoyable. Once again, Aaron made me laugh out loud while reading. But just shy of Five stars. This time.
The story this time, continuing the theme that history is somewhat parallel, but the Fair World is only in the '30s, is one analogous to the 1936 Olympics. Zeb, while not quite Jesse Owens is, however, basically a 21st century ex-military unarmed combat master. A bit of an advantage.
He also discovers he has a thing for one of Doc's associates.
Harris and Gaby are by this time highly competent members of the Sidhe foundation, and Harris has taken on a leading role, replacing one of the fallen in the first book.
Entangled in all this, again, is Doc's family, the 'royalty' of a pommi-like place. Not too good, son a super villain, brother basically a nazi, mother rather duplicitous.
So, Olympic competition, a nazi style plot, and a bunch of Beagle boy type gangsters.
Another helping of pulp adventure and urban fantasy, and a fine one.