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5.0 out of 5 starsBravo for Snipers!
Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2017
Bravo! Kristine Kathryn Rusch, so well known and appreciated for her Retrieval Artist series (which are truly wonderful renderings of a strange alien-filled future, mainly set in one of the cities on the Moon) has given fans of time-travel novels a masterfully told SF detective story. Coming from multiple viewpoints about several odd murders committed in 1913 Vienna (including the sniper's own visits in 1913), Rusch ratchets up the suspense as historian Sofie Branstadter uses all her creative wit to research for the definitive book on the Carnival Sniper Case. Crucial evidence is missing and a bullet from a disinterred body is far too advanced for 1913. Only Sofie's dogged persistence drives her to discover more evidence--and toward what one lab scientist calls an Asimovian universe explanation.This is a clever, fascinating variation on a time travel trope that SF fans are sure to eat up like delicious Viennese pastry.
4.0 out of 5 starsA well-crafted SF mystery/thriller.
Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2013
I read an introduction to this book in the "Astounding" SF magazine and I'm glad it encouraged me to purchase the Kindle edition. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Most authors who write around time travel have a hard time resolving the inevitable paradoxes, often leaving their readers confused and unwilling to suspend disbelief. This author takes the line that you can go back and change the past, introducing a fork in the time line, with the consequences of the change working themselves out in a parallel universe. But if you do so, you will necessarily return to the changed universe your actions caused, forever unable to return to your own initial time line. So you end up facing the consequences of your actions. A neat and morally satisfying approach.
In addition to a plausible handling of time travel, this novel has several finely drawn and quite credible characters, a far cry from the cardboard cut-out figures who populate so many SF novels. They misunderstand each other, and feel their way to mutual understanding in a way that seems true, at least to my experience. The sympathetic handling of personalities shaped by tragedy and loss is also endearing. Indeed I would say that the sensitivity and skill of the writing is of a very high order indeed.
There isn't a great deal of action in this story: less than I expected from its description as a "thriller." However, here are some thrills, and it is gripping, but definitely not space opera. Buy and enjoy this book if you appreciate good writing, credible and sympathetic characters, plausible "science" and a final page that leaves you wanting more! I am delighted to have found a new author of this calibre.
5.0 out of 5 starsSUPER! If you like Excellent Settings and Great Writing--Buy it!
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2015
Just got into it this afternoon at the Beach, celebrating Baba Maritiza Holiday, with fog and an oil slick drifting in. Reminded me of years of wandering the Centrum of Vienna, and dreaming of another Summer Excursion South to Graz! And, the clever use of cold foggy settings and opaque Buaeracracy, with a City I like a lot! With excellent writing! SUPER! I am ordering "Hitler's Angel" right now, and will recommend three (3) Vienna stories from the 1970's by Edwin Leather for anyone interested.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch does it again with this highly engaging story. Her time travel stories each have a different bent and this oen is no different. Her vivid imagination provides very interesting alternate worlds which are a joy to explore. Looking forward to the next "diving" and "retrieval artist" contributions.
5.0 out of 5 starsUnusual point of view for this type of story.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 21, 2017
Don't want to spoil it. I didn't want to put it down. A great sense of time and place. Others I've liked in the same sort of ball park( loosely speaking) are; 1632 by Eric Flint, Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen by H. Beam Piper and its sequels by John Carr, Janniseries by J.E.Pournelle, and The High Crusade by Poul Anderson
5.0 out of 5 starsAlternatives Universum mit Lokalkolorit
Reviewed in Germany on August 19, 2013
Kristine Kathryn Rusch gehört zu meinen meistgelesenen SF-Autorinnen und ich bin gebürtige Wienerin - damit war "Snipers" eine Pflichtlektüre. Zu Beginn ein gut aufgebauter Kriminalroman, mit sympathisch aufgebauten Protagonisten; und bevor die leichte Irritation über nicht richtige historisch Details und zeitgenössische Unstimmigkeiten [Cider anstelle von Wein :-( ] wirklich stört kommt der erste Verdacht auf, dass die ganze Geschichte in einem alternativen Universum spielt? Alles weitere würde zu viel von der Geschichte verraten. Kristine Kathryn Rusch is one of my favorite SF-Authors and I am born in Vienna - therefore "Snipers" was a must-read. In the beginning a nice crime novell, with very well described characters; and before the slight irritation with wrong historical and contemporary details [ cider instead of wine :-( ] gets really annoying, there is the first suspicion that this novel plays in an alternate universe.