pros and cons
but entertaining. It's worth the listen, but don't expect greatness. The book drags in places, but one gets the sense that the next installment will be really fun.
i loved the premise of this book, warlocks vs uber men in WW2. Really original and unusual. however, i am mystified by the incomprehensible decision to have an american narrate the story. Mr Pariseau CANNOT do any sort of British accent! his upper class toff, cockney, and home counties accents all sound like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. Absolutely terrible. As for his Scottish accent, oh my god!
this really spoiled the quality of the book. The author's work has been completely traduced by this terrible, terrible narration. it looks as if there will be more books in the series. the publishers need to get someone else to read them, such as Sean Barrett. then it would be worth listening to.
despite really enjoying the story i am not sure i could tolerate listening to this narrator again. were it not for the poor narration i would give this 5 stars
Very enjoyable, and I am excited to hear that the rest of the series gets even better. It had been sold to me as "Nazi X-men versus British wizards" but there is a LOT more to it than that.
Of particular note: the narration is stellar. Some strong accent work with some really distinct voices.
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Great story marred by bad dialogue and mediocre characterization. If this author was more adapt at creating believable characters and with dialogue to go along with it, this book would have easily be 5 stars. Don't get me wrong, the dialogue is not the worst I've ever read, nor are the characters, they are just a week point to such a degree that is is very noticeable when compared to the rest of the complete package.
I would assume the writer will only get better since this is a first book, and I plan on reading the next one.
This historical fantasy takes place during World War 2, with a mystical twist. Tregellis doesn't pull any punches, taking the book and many of its characters to dark places. The war is horrible and we find that even good people can do horrible things amidst so much suffering. I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.
This book is disturbing, and incomplete. I get that it is supposed to be a series, but it should at least offer a full story. And the unnecessary brutality toward children and human kind in general is simply disturbing.
Ian Tregillis re-imagines World War II with warlocks and super-science. It sounds very fanciful, but he does it with subtlety and works it into history. This book wasn't completely what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it. I was expecting a bit more action, but when the action happens it is usually intense. When I was finished I went and purchased the next book in the series, The Coldest War. Recommended!
Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
This book is an exciting read. It is well thought out and well performed. I wish it had been more believable.
Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist
This is supposed to be a Sci-Fi Alternate history book. While I'll admit it was cleaver and intriguing in places, it also was vastly unsatisfying. In the end, there are no heros, protagonists, antagonists, etc. Friends ripped apart. They are not sure why -- and the war in Europe ends before Pearl Harbor thanks to the Soviet Army (which at that time was a rag tag group).
The Warlocks of Britain control much of the war. The Battle of Britain goes the other way due to a well-guarded freak human Science Experiment.
The Warlocks' power is based on Human Blood Sacrifices. Very unsettling to me. There is lots of German in the book which you can figure out from the context. Sometimes it is translated and other times it is not. No rhyme or reason I could discern.
I felt very unsatisfied with the book. I do not mind strange or twisting endings -- I did not like the bizarre.