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.
Life's too short to read bad books.
His accents were wonderful and spot on!
Why did the Germans get the supes and the English got the demon summoners? Even though I listened to this nearly constantly, it was more for the narration and to see what they would consider "super" and "magic". Also the narrator kept me engaged, because he was so good with changing accents.
No, but it's not inferior either. The perfomance is good, voices clear but restrained.It's an American doing British accents for the most part.
This was new and novel for me, I bought it after reading the good reviews. I wasn't dissapointed. Such an interesting idea, so many different aspects going on here; alternate histories, superhuman powers, old world magic, universal beings and nazis but it all hangs together very well. Truely unique in my opinion. Great find.
Yes, Nazis and Warlocks. Competent prose coupled with good narration.
The crows in the interludes. Portraying the progress of the war from the point of view of carrion birds was a neat idea and was well executed.
The attack on the farmhouse by British forces.
Thankfully not as I listen while driving.
This book was fun. Not my favorite but pretty good. I really enjoyed the richness of the characters. All of them were very well done. The book ended very abruptly and the last half was not nearly as detailed as the first. Overall though, it was pretty good.
After reading several reviews, and finally deciding to buy the book, I was a little disappointed. The book starts out very slow, and I had to struggle to keep listening. After about 1.5 hrs, it started to pick up, and has turned out to be a reasonable listen. Don't expect a great book, but if you can last through the first part of the book, you will be ok..
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
THERE WAS NOTHING AT ALL BETWEEN HIMSELF AND THE STARS.
Why could I not get into this book? It had Warlocks, super humans, and Gods. It was a unique alternate history. It had some interesting prose. Some writers such as King or Card can write about stuff I don't care about and make me interested, some writers such as this one, can write about stuff I get excited about, but put me asleep. I think some writers have the ability to connect with the reader. It is hard to describe, but it is a talent some writers have and some do not. In this book Ian Tregillis did not connect with me, so all the prose, all the cool characters fall flat. My ears hear, but my mind does not register.
Ian spends a lot of time describing things, for instance a man gives a woman a boutique of flowers and we get an inventory of all the flower types in the boutique. You will always know the weather, the scenery, the direction of the wind and the smells. The smells will always include oil or gas or diesel. Every form of the word crystal is used in this book.
The story would have also flowed a lot smoother if he would have left out the Idolans. These are some type of gods? who are part of the universe. They are a difficult concept to describe, even for the author himself. They are not that interesting and just detract from the rest of the story.
HIS BREATH SPARKLED
I thought the narrator was pretty good, especially when he was doing voices. It was during the long explanations where no one spoke that I had trouble staying awake. There are more explanations in this book then actual interaction between the characters.