An interesting story, but the narrators laughably bad German accents draw the attentions away from the story and characters. However, I won't lay the blame for this on Kevin Pariseau, who's reading is fine when not doing the accents. The problem is with the producer who should has recognized this problem and directed the talent to tone it down. Might have to recommend that you buy the book and read it instead of listening to it.
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..
The science fiction aspect of this book is so silly, honestly, I felt like I was listening to a sci-fi alternative history thriller written in the 1950’s. And the characters are so under-developed, it’s amazing how little you get to know the characters in a book so long. Sorry Ian, this is my first and my last.
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.
Hello, If you like magic, sci-fi, & WW2 then you might not throw this book across the room when your done. At times it was great and other it was like, "WTF" where did this book just go. I will not go into any detail but I will get the sequel, if one comes out (deadlines suck).
I just could not get into this novel. I'm not sure why. I even started it over after an hour in case I missed something that would make it flow. It did not help.
People who like bad accents, extreme verbosity and stereotyping.
If you are interested in this genre (i.e. supernatural spy thrillers) try Charles Stross's The Atrocity Archives (geeky humour) or Tim Powers' Declare (Le Carre with supernatural elements).
I think this book might have been better in print form. I listen at work usually and this narrators voice was too easy to tune out. Then I would rewind to find my place and have to re-listen to much of this book. I could never differentiate the characters by voice or even accent, and there are American, British, and German characters throughout the book. The idea or synapses of the book is great. I can't really put all the blame on the narrator, because the story is full of holes, too.
The most interesting aspect of this story was the battery enhanced German soldiers and the Dr who made them. Too bad they never explain how the technology works in any detail. The story starts out as a few kids and the next you hear they are grown and have their "powers". They hint that a lot of kids die and never get any powers, but never name one or even talk about their teen years, etc. I wanted to know more about the Dr too. The least interesting part of this story and really boringly done, I thought, was the romance between the main character Marsh and his wife. Their storyline was insanely boring and could have been left out of the book entirely.
I liked the sound of Kevin Pariseau's voice, but I didn't think he was a good fit for this story. I think the narration would have been better coming from a European narrator. I really missed having accents for different nationalities represented
I usually go through 4 hours of audiobook in a day at work. This book had me rewinding so much because it didn't make sense, or have a flow to it that made it easy to follow.
I really wanted to like this audio book, but just couldn't enjoy myself with it. I think the author had a great idea and synapses, but failed in the execution. It came so close to being good, I think it could make a good action movie or comic book series. I might give the follow up book a shot if they do it as a prequel to fill in the blanks they missed this time around. If it's just continuing where this left off, I think I'll pass.
This book sounded cool, but it is very unengaging. I have thought a lot about why this book has been so hard to get into, but I have no real explanation. All I know is that I have seriously tried listening to this book about a dozen times and each time I get bored and my mind wanders or I fall asleep. I will probably not go on to finish the book,
The premise of this book is way more interesting than the book itself. Basically, the entire book has only one real character(who can see the future), and the story hooks you into wanting to know what her plan is. Expect no resolution to any significant plot points. The other characters are cardboard.
Ultimately this is just a hook to a trilogy, but it gives no indication if it's worth reading the other two(as of yet unpublished) volumes.