The synopsis tells you the basics of this story. What it doesn't tell you is that the humanity between the characters and the relationships will bring you to tears.
As the title says, I read this book in one sitting and was never bored. That's unusual for me. Even the best books will quite often have parts that don't 'flow' as well as others. This causes boredom; not so with Black Earth.
The interaction wbetween Carrick and Eric quickly formed into a beautiful friendship that spanned the 75 million miles between Earth and Black Earth. These two main characters will keep you fully involved in this lesson in alternate history.
The story answers a lot of questions that have plagued archeologists and historians for hundreds of years. It's fun to see how everything comes together. Einstein, Hitler and Werner Von Braun we once close associates on Black Earth, as was Julius Caesar and others. The revelations you'll discover in Black Earth will leave you floored!
The ending brought tears to my eyes and made my heart swell as it describes a love story for the ages. Better than Romeo and Juliet by far. Sometimes you'll read a good book only to have the ending be disappointing or end in a cliff hanger to be continued in the nextbook of an expensive series. Not here! Black Earth is so satisfying from start to finish that you'll believe you have read a modern classic.
This book is fun, exciting and charming. You could do worse, but I doubt you could find better!