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..
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.
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.
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).