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The Violent Century

Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
4 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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For 70 years they guarded the British Empire. Oblivion and Fogg, inseparable friends, bound together by a shared fate. Until one night in Berlin, in the aftermath of the Second World War, and a secret that tore them apart. But there must always be an account... and the past has a habit of catching up to the present.

Now, recalled to the Retirement Bureau from which no one can retire, Fogg and Oblivion must face up to a past of terrible war and unacknowledged heroism - a life of dusty corridors and secret rooms, of furtive meetings and blood-stained fields - to answer one last, impossible question: What makes a hero?

©2013 Lavie Tidhar (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton

Critic Reviews

"A brilliantly etched phantasmagoric reconfiguring of that most sizzling of eras - the twilight 20th." (James Ellroy)
"He is a political writer, an iconoclast and sometimes a provocateur ... Osama is a remarkable and ambitious work." (China Mieville on Osama)

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Amazing!

That is honestly all I can say. This book went above and beyond all of my expectations. It's a moving story about superheroes in the vein of watchmen.

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  • Jonathan Musgrove
  • 09-12-19

Too jumpy for me

This story has loads of promise but it just jumps back and forth across its timeline way too much to keep up. It’s not Catch 22 and so unlike the other book it doesn’t get away with it.
Good characters. Plot is fine, narrator excellent as always, just got annoyed by the bouncing!

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  • Daniel Suss
  • 11-14-18

He shrugged... And he shrugged... He shrugged...

How many times do people actually shrug? In this book it's about every two minutes. Why didn't the author just write a comic? The structure doesn't really work as a novel. Still, I listened to the end and got some enjoyment out of it.

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  • Irene
  • 01-23-17

Literary X men

The book grows on you once you get used to the style and fantasy and greatly helped by the magnificent narrator

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  • Joanna
  • 04-15-15

A very alternative history...

"Bodyguard of Lies" meets Marvel comics and the whole thing seems to stand up to close historical scrutiny ... Truly Amazing!