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.
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).
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.
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.
As I read this book I kept going back and forth between loving it and finding parts I thought were either not well thought out or not executed well. There are sections with a lot of detail and areas where it asks you to make huge jumps without a lot of information. The style of writing periodically felt like a YA novel but with very adult themes. I do not believe this was intended to be YA fiction and would not recommend it as such.
The book is about the occult utilized in World War II on both the part of the Brittish and the part of Germans. One side utilizes Warlocks and the other side utilize human engineering to create enhanced soldiers that have special abilities - a little like X-men but its not a genetic mutation.
An overwhelming theme of the book is the willingness to sacrifice the lives of their own people to kill thee other side either through science or magic. There is a cost in war and an understanding that there will be casualties, however, the book focuses on a growing callousness towards costs.
The book is based on interesting ideas. It is clearly fiction, but utilizes facts to support the fiction and give creedance to the ideas within. An example is a military division under Himmler experimenting on humans to create super soldiers.
The narration is ok. The voices for the Germans were a bit aggravating. The accents were not done well and that combined with some overdramatization made it very hard to get past and focus on the German portion of the story. The rest of the accents were fine. The German accents were the only part of it that made me wish I had maybe read it instead of listened to it.
The book is wroth the time, but this is not a feel good World War II novel. This is not an, "our spirit will overcome it all" view. It looks at how war tears away our humanity and increases our willingness to do whatever we believe necessary for whatever the cost. It's intriguing but if you are looking for an upbeat book this isn't it.
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.