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Ultimately this is just a hook to a trilogy, but it gives no indication if it's worth reading the other two(as of yet unpublished) volumes.
This was my first experience with Ian Tregillis, and I enjoyed the plot, pacing and action of the novel. What bothered me and almost made me abandon the book was the reader.
Although Pariseau is versatile in applying various accents to enliven the dialogue, I kept being ripped from the plot by fatal flaws in his versions of upper-class English, Cockney, Scottish, or, most horrifyingly, a variety of "Schweinhund"accents he uses for dialogue among the German characters. Colonel Klink was restrained in comparison. The book is set in World War ll Europe, and I would have preferred either a British reader or a reading without any attempts to portray various accents. As it is, I kept feeling that the characters were being played for laughs or for mockery, which I don't believe the author intended.
Nazi's, magic, and phyco-science, who would have thought you could go wrong? This was decent but got really bizarre. Found myself 3/4 way through wanting to stop but pushed forward to see the ending.
The plot never went any where and at the end of the book I was trying to figure out if any thing had been resolved. It hadn't. Warlocks vs Nazi supermen. Great plot material. But it never ever developed into any thing that could be resolved much less a resolution. At the end I felt that the only purpose of the plot was to get me involved enough to buy the next book. Well, that is not going to happen.
No, just books by this author. I truly regret both the loss of a credit and the 14 hours I wasted listening to this book.
For the most part the performance was fine but when the reader did the cheesy German accents it was truly campy. If you just heard the German dialogue you would think it was a Saturday Night Live skit.
If I could have played editor I would have made the author go back and create an outline of the intended book and then make him follow it. He had great plot elements that he never ever finished.
This is a book that had great potential but when you reach the end you wonder why you got sucked in. Every character is in limbo until the next book comes out. Every plot line is still hanging. The only purpose for this book was to suck you into hoping there will be some resolution in the next book.