This must be the WORST book in my library. I absolutely hated it. Maybe I just don't like historical fantasy, I don't often read it, and this one just seemed brain-dead from any angle.
Germans are depicted as cruel comic-imbeciles, who nevertheless have achieved a technological highpoint the Allies never manage to understand. The English are equally cruel and unkind to their own people, and try to overcome the Germans with Enochian magic, which (in this book) is savage yet futile in its usage.
There is never any attempt at an explanation of either technology or magic. We're supposed to simply take it all at face value.
The whole thing just strikes me as stupid. I'm not able to give it less than one star, but my advice is to steer clear.
I thought I would love this one -- alternate history, WWII Nazis fighting British warlocks. What's not to like, right?
Well, the book reads like a really nicely written high school fiction workshop project. The characters have an average IQ of around 75, and their approach to each of the "problems" encountered is slow, obvious and completely expected. Even the dialog is pedestrian.
Sorry to say that I wasted a whole credit on this one, but please, please do not make the same mistake I did. Skip right past this one and get something better and worthier of your time.
The narrator made some of the characters sound a bit over the top in the stereotype department, but overall it's a great story.
I've been eyeing this title for a while and finally went for it based on other reviews. Omg, such a good book and so well narrated. I purchased the next book before I was done with this book.
Intriguing look at history, and people in general. You see the decisions everyone makes and the consequences they have to live with and it changes them. Plus, the whole take on warlocks is fascinating, their language and how they negotiate.
All around solid writing, characters , plot, and ideas. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to dive into the next one.
Bitter Seeds was a remarkably fun read. Taking place from the years 1919-1941 the book describes an alternate history in which England finds itself alone against the Nazi onslaught, made worse by fantastic and dark research on both sides.
The characters in this work are compelling and flawed, and most importantly believable, despite the fantastic elements of the story (super-powered Nazis).
The narrator does an excellent job.
I'm an Audibook Fan driving tens of thousands of kilometres for work yearly and I find the performances on these novels the best time passer
So far it has all the elements I enjoy from a solid book, which are a good story, rich understandable and relatble characters and flowing naration.This is easily one of the best I've listend to so far.
Hard to say but it feels like a Tomy Clancy Novel with Dr Who elements.
Liked this alot it was similar to listening to an old fashined radio show which completly suits the book.
YES! There is a lot in this book, and much I missed while listening to it while I worked doing yard matenance. I have already started a second time, and it is better the second time. This book will keep you going for a while!
None. This book is one of a kind. The closest you could get would be something like Harry Turtledove's "In the Presence of Mine Enemies", George RR Martins "A Song of Ice and Fire", and the "Fantastic Four" and mixed it together. Absolutely inspired.
Yes, but not a book with a lot of dates or foreign words. I tends to mispronounce foreign words and says the dates weird, saying one September, 1940, instead of first of September, 1940. He does, however, great accents for the characters and is very clear and pleasant to listen to.
Both. The author does a great job of making you care for the characters, even though you hate some of them. Even when you know something is going to happen, it still ends up as a surprise and leaves you with that reaction.
The story itself is one of the most original stories I have heard recently, and the writing style itself is great. The author does a great job of making the process between switching characters very clear and easy to follow. The narrator is great with doing the multitude of accents, even though he does occasionally mispronounce a name or word, but this is because I am a history junkie and am a fanatic about pronunciation, so this may not bother someone who is particular about these things. The narrator also pronounces the dates weird, saying one September, 1940, instead of first of September, 1940. These aside, however, this is one book no one should pass by. And, while you're at it, get the second one, "The Coldest War", because you'll want to start that immediately after finishing this one.
I was a little skeptical to read this one, the description just didn't do much for me. But i obviously purchased it and i am glad i did. This is probably one of my favorite books Ive ever read. It was original, fast paced, narration was amazing, and it had me tensing at certain moments and smiling during others.
I am starting book 2 now, and cant wait for book 3.
Buy this audio book and listen to it. No one will be disappointed.
I can't reccomend this highly enough. It's a little hard going at the very beginning as the various story strands are introduced, but they converge into a magnificently entertaining, if slightly grim story. Eagerly looking forward to the rest of the trilogy,
I was not sure if this would be my kind of book with the mix of Science Fiction with actual events, but I found it to be well written and engaging. Still not too sure on the emphasis on the baby though, not adequately explained to my satisfaction.