The first Christopher Nuttall book I read was Ark Royal and I enjoyed that book so much that I have been willing to give any of his books at least a c..Show More »onsideration. What I found in Ark Royal was a story centered on character development with interesting people, flawed but believable, thrust into events that threaten to spiral out of their control and this book is no different.
We are presented with a world in which Adolph Hitler did not declare was on the US after Pearl Harbor and subsequently the US became so involved in fighting Japan that we never did much more than provide material support for Great Britain in its fight against Germany. Consequently Germany ended up winning its war against the Soviet Union (although guerrilla war is still going on) and Germany is master of Europe, but not of Great Britain, which has an alliance with the US.
It is now 1985 and we see the main characters in the world created by the Nazi Party, but in which Germany has a failing economy and a government at odds with itself over how to proceed. A chance discovery by one character sets the events of the book in motion and we see how things play out. Mr Nuttall’s strength, as with his other books, is in the depth of character development and no almost one seems like a caricature of a real person. All the characters seem driven by natural and normal interests although I did find the way things ended up playing out to be a bit optimistic. Those readers familiar with the actual events of 1989 in Eastern Europe will see the parallels although I think it is a bit much to believe that a triumphant Nazi Germany would end up paralleling the world of the Soviet Union.
While I enjoyed Mr Nuttall’s writing and the way things played out in the book I can not say the same for the production standards of this book. The narrator did a decent job but I found the recording to be very difficult to understand and I had to end up playing it through 2 equalizer apps on my phone to remove all of the bass and boost the treble before I could understand what was being said. These are not complaints about the book itself and hence I gave the story 4 stars but I was unable to rate the recording as well. Still, in spite of all of that I expect to buy the second book. I found the characters interesting enough to want to see what happens to them.