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.
My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)
Magic, a team of warlocks, and scientifically engineered "x-men." This was a great idea for a story. Sadly, this story never got off the ground. I regret to say that the publisher's summary pulled me in; it was very well written and more intriguing than the actual story.
It seemed like the author kept padding the pages with narratives about minutiae that was unnecessary and which had the effect draaaaagggging the pace. I was a trooper, though, and kept at it. But, after a while, it seemed to me that the reason for the minutiae may have been because the author was waiting to see what inspiration he might get for compelling new scenes and scenarios. Nope, 'never got there. Inspiration apparently never quite flashed.
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Personally, I think the author shot himself in the foot with regard to the nature of the "physics" he defined for the warlocks in his story. The bounds he placed here, I think, sadly limited the many possible directions he could otherwise have taken such colorful characters as warlocks in World War II. Rather, he effectively reduced them to not much more than facilitators with some unique language skills, but no real power.
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The other thing about this audio book that never quite gel'd for me is the performance of the german and british accents. Now, here I'm going to give the narrator, Mr. Pariseau, credit. As I have no real ear for British and German accents, all I can say is that Mr. Pariseau shifted between American / British / and German accents quite skillfully. He did well to use this skill in differentiating each character with consistency. I was able to keep up with which-character-was-which because of his skillful shifting. That said, the German accents in the story was fairly annoying... they came off as somewhat of a parody. But, like I said, I don't have an ear for what a proper German accent is supposed to sound like, so I'll give Mr. Pariseau the benefit of my untrained ear and just say the German-accented dialog just didn't help with the uptake in this story.
Overall recommendation: Move on.
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.
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.