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Esta novela presenta al continente africano, en los años cincuenta, dominada por los nazis. Es un apasionante thriller ambientado en un contexto historico alternativo. La esvastica vuela desde el Sahara hasta el oceano Indico. Gran Bretana y una Alemania nazi victoriosa se han dividido el continente. Por mas de una decada ha reinado una calma tensa. Ahora, sin embargo, losEsta novela presenta al continente africano, en los años cincuenta, dominada por los nazis. Es un apasionante thriller ambientado en un contexto historico alternativo. La esvastica vuela desde el Sahara hasta el oceano Indico. Gran Bretana y una Alemania nazi victoriosa se han dividido el continente. Por mas de una decada ha reinado una calma tensa. Ahora, sin embargo, los planes de Walter Hochburn (el racista mesianico y arquitecto del Africa nazi) amenazan las colonias britanicas. / Demonic Walter Hochburg, architect of Nazi Africa, is threatening Britain's ailing colonies. In England, ex-mercenary Burton Cole is offered one last contract and grabs the chance to settle an old score with Hochburg. If Burton fails, unimaginable horrors will be unleashed in Africa. But when his mission turns to disaster, he is forced to flee for his life....

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  • Aleksandar
    2019-01-22 16:31

    This book has an interesting premise, which unfortunately was not utilized in a good way by the author. I expected a thriller, but it read like the script of a straight-to-video action movie. Action scenes usually followed one after the other but it didn't make the novel a page-turner. I never managed to get into it and read it in many sittings. After two-thirds of the book I even started to skip passages. I just wanted to see if there would be something else than an action scene with a predictable ending where the protagonists either killed Germans, or escaped, or both.The Germans in the novel are characterized by three things - they are dumb, cruel and easy to kill. One can't help but wonder how such caricatures could conquer a tribal village, let alone rule over all of continental Europe and most of Africa. Their only advantage in the novel is that they are heavily armed and that there are many of them, however it does not help them much when they face the protagonists. That Nazis in such numbers are not a match for two former Foreign legion professional soldiers is not very likely, but still not so outlandhish. However, when an African teenage girl kills with her machete a bunch of SS soldiers armed with assault rifles, it asks for a suspension of disbelief that I find hard to concede.On the positive side, apart from the original setting, there was an interesting twist towards the ending, but it was not enough to save the book for me. If there is a sequel, most probably I will skip it. Probably if you are into young adult fiction and action novels at the same time, you will like the book, but if you are lured mainly by its premise, you might be disappointed.

  • Bill
    2019-01-25 14:26

    This is a really excellent thriller based on the premise that the Germans won World War II and then controlled most of Africa. The book is set in 1952 and has an English ex-soldier sent to Africa to kill a high ranking German officer.Then basically all hell breaks loose for over 400 pages of riveting, non-stop action, with many people dying and lots of explosions. As the blurb on the book says "Fatherland for an action movie age".While this book is obviously fiction, there are elements of historical truth as Hitler really did have grand plans for Africa, which he no doubt would have carried out if they had won the war.So all in all, an excellent high octane thriller, which should be enjoyed by readers who like this sort of thing, as I do.

  • Sam
    2019-01-22 18:24

    Dominion by C J SansomMantle Hardback Oct 2012ISBN : 978-0-230-74416-5+The Afrika Reich - Guy SavilleHodder (paperback) 2011ISBN: 978-1-444-71066-3I must state in advance here that I too have just written a counter factual novel that will come out in March 2013 so my interest in these two books is professional.Both these novels make the presumption that appeasement triumphed after the disaster of Dunkirk 1940 and both books, rather oddly, are set in 1952, living in a world completely dominated by a ruthless oppressive Third Reich. Both accept that Viscount Halifax rather than Churchill took over to negotiate the ‘peace’ and in both cases England was allowed to keep the ‘Empire’ but faced increasing tariffs in trading with Europe. Both follow the arc of Robert Harris’s 'Fatherland' in accepting that the fate of the Jews was never discovered (although there are different final solutions posited here).The conceit of alt history is that anything can happen if you divert from history in one small way (turn on a sixpence as C. J Sansom remarks) and everything follows from that.I wanted to see how both writers treated the trajectory of history following the acceptance of ‘peace’ rather than war in 1940. How readily Britain accepts fascism and how firm any resistance would be. Dominion is a story about resistance; The Afrika Reich is more boys own story set against some unimaginable violence again Africans. Both writers then are following the logic of Hitler’s victory and both assume that subjugation of the Russians would always be a ‘problem’.In The Afrika Reich cruelty builds a vast autobahn from neutral South Africa’s border to the German Congo so that the rich mineral resources can be extracted using slave labour.The UK in C J Samsom’s novel is still decrepit, run down, depressing, utterly willing to be subject to Oswald Mosley as Home Secretary. The police and army are infected by fascism and modern London of 1952 is stricken by a lethal fog (borrowed from real life and a real killer). It reads like an episode of Foyle’s War but very slowly with many little backstory flashbacks that could have been left on the cutting floor.The Afrika Reich is strictly a boy’s own adventure. Guns, impossible odds, hired assassins fly in to the German Congo to assassinate the Governor General – a psychotic racist who has literally paved the new city square with African skulls.The assassination seems to be successful and against all odds (despite being betrayed) they fight their way out of the situation and Burton the hero, with Philip, the tough neutral American, head towards Angola where the Germans are planning a simultaneous invasion and Rhodesia. One doesn’t really have a feel for the Africa - the place but as a rip roaring Dogs Of War tale with tough guys overcoming all odds against despicable enemies it’s a bloody fast read and has more pace than even a Bourne movie. Credible? Not really, but you don’t really care because it is a lot of fun and there are some interesting characters (notably the teen Angolan terrorist who wants to blow up a new tunnel to prevent the Germans invading Luanda.)C J Sansom takes a different more sober tack. His writing style is very period. As if he has watched 'Brief Encounter' just once too often. I realised he is going for authentic 1952 dialogue, but it is often so formal, the exposition so over explained, it grates. The pace suffers terribly in the first half. The story concerns an unambitious civil servant called David who used to flat share with Frank (now a researcher on meteorites) who has been locked up in a mental institution for attempting to kill his brother (visiting from America) and shouting ‘It’s the end of the world’. It is not giving anything away that the topic here is atomic and the whole thrust of the novel is ‘we mustn’t let the Germans have the information’.Dominion is full of arch stock characters, whether villains or resistance. It’s depressing and weirdly the most interesting character is the SS German Jew hunter – sent over to the London to ‘interview’ the mad scientist. He is cold, calculating, cynical and ruthless. So many other players feel like they have drifted in from an Agatha Christie play and are standing around waiting for a bit of dialogue. David aggrieved wife Sarah gets far too much airtime and one longs for something to happen. A central plank of the story takes place in the great fog of ’52 when 12,000 people died of respitory illness and these sequences are well written, authentic and gripping.Both novels are curios. 1952 is so long ago and it is hard to understand some attitudes or the complacency and acceptance, but the ‘what if’ element keeps you reading. We move on, tempered by our times and attitudes and sometimes (well pretty much all the way through) the racism of all the characters intended or unconscious jars. In these novels women’s liberation would have been still born. Both enable the reader to conclude we had a lucky escape that it was Churchill that followed the ineffectual Chamberlain and not Halifax. We would not have liked this fascist world or the logic of their obsessions.What category are you? How pure is your blood? What do you know about your great grandfather? And how could you live in a world where such things matter?If I had to choose then The Afrika Reich is a faster read but both will leave a nasty taste in your mouth for a reality that nearly happened.

  • Miles
    2019-02-02 16:46

    Full Review on my blog :-’ve always had a fascination for history, an interest my father instilled in me as a kid growing up, at a time when the only history taught in my school was that of the Norman’s and Saxons – I was more of a Great War and Second World War reader – I had no time for the Saxons and my exam results clearly showed that! I would have bitten someone’s hand off to read a book on the Anzacs or the history of The Battle of the Somme – alas we were stuck with Norman Conquest of 1066!When Hodder & Stoughton sent me a copy of Guy Seville’s debut novel “Afrika Reich” I was immediately struck by a cover design that was so tactile with its velvet like touch it begged to be read! Utilising a dark granite black for its primary colour, the front cover has two vibrant and distinctive red “SS” letters atop of a palm tree and skull.Set in 1952 in an alternative universe, Hitler has proven too strong for Britain, the European Jews have been deported to Madagascar and a reluctant peace agreement between Germany and Britain has been signed. Despite Japan’s attack on the United States in December 1941, Congress voted to remain neutral in Europe and Asia due to the weakened economy at home. The events all add up to paint a picture of German superiority and dominance.“1952. It is more than a decade since the Dunkirk fiasco marked the end of Britain's war and an uneasy peace with Hitler.In Africa, the swastika flies from the Sahara to the Indian Ocean. Gleaming autobahns bisect the jungle and jet fighters patrol the skies. Britain and the Nazis have divided the continent but now the demonic plans of Walter Hochburg - architect of Nazi Africa - threaten Britain's ailing colonies.In England, ex-mercenary Burton Cole is offered one last contract. Burton grabs the chance to settle an old score with Hochburg, despite his own misgivings and the protests of the woman he loves. If Burton fails, unimaginable horrors will be unleashed in Africa. No one - black or white - will be spared.But when his mission turns to disaster, Burton is forced to flee for his life.His flight takes him from the unholy killing ground of Kongo to SS slave camps and on to war-torn Angola, finally reaching its thrilling climax in a conspiracy that leads to the dark heart of the Reich itself.”“Afrika Reich” is a graphic novel with its fair share of violence leaving nothing to the imagination. The deaths are horrific and all the while I felt a great deal of animosity towards the German soldiers who appeared to take great satisfaction in brutalising their captives – it truly was a feeling I found hard to shake throughout.The language, along with the murders, is colourful but is always within keeping of a book of this genre – I never felt Guy Saville overstepped the boundaries of what is and isn’t acceptable – the balance was just about right. Words such as “Niggers”, “Negros” – both shunned in today’s society for the most part – add a certain credibility to the narrative not to mention augment the feeling of realism when dealing with the sensitive issues of racial cleansing.

  • Heikki
    2019-02-14 17:48

    Guy Saville's The Afrika Reich was one of the books I simply had to have. First off, I am a fan of alternative history, and second, a book based on a different ending to WW2 must be interesting.There's of course Robert Harris' masterpiece, Fatherland, but there have been less books based on this premise than one would expect. Maybe because the topic is so well known that a book based on such a premise would have to be exceptionally well written to pull off the stunt.I am happy to report, Guy Saville does indeed pull it off.The first criterion of any Alternative History book is the setting. It must be solid, believable, and sufficiently different to the status quo. Saville excels in all three. He never explains his world, where Hitler has entered an uneasy peace with Britain and conquered much of Africa - everything is taken at face value and we readers merely acknowledge what has happened.Saville's Africa, then, is a beautifully crafted Nazi wonderland, a steamy jungle run by Walter Hochburg. This man is the epitome of Naziness, ruthless, all-powerful in his dominion, and driven. His grand plans for Africa can indeed be traced back to the Kolonialpolitisches Amt. Had Germany managed to make peace with Britain, KpA's significance might have been just what Saville shows us. And its plans would have quite plausibly been those of Hochburg's.The protagonists, Burton Cole and Patrick Whaler, then, lead us through Dunkirk and the truce to a descent into hell - to kill Hochburg. Saville really shines in his handling of the assassination and the subsequent escape across Africa, finally into Loanda. Double and triple crossings have the reader at the edge of his seat - can one trust anyone on the entire continent? Still, Saville never digs into Indiana Jones' locker. Cole and Whaler hit hard, but they are hit hard as well.Saville's forte is how he manages to add steam to the action page by page. There was a high point in the action, about two thirds of the book, when I thought this must be the pinnacle of the entire book, and that to take the adventure higher would risk becoming a farce of itself. But I was pleasantly surprised - contrary to what often happens, namely that the reader loses the suspension of disbelief, Saville brings us ever further, closer to the coast, and closer to the edge of our seats.The ending is perfect, since we already know Saville is working on Part 2 of this eventual trilogy. I am expecting Vol. 2 with just as much enthusiasm as I did Vol. 1.No book is without its flaws, but I can only report one thing I didn't like. I am aware that it is part of this genre to use short sentences, two, three words, in a machine-gun fashion. This is all well in books of lesser value, where the staccato rhythm is used to generate action. Saville. however, is a superb action writer and has absolutely no need for sentences without a subject, and could well tie the tat-tat-tat sentences into longer ones. It would not take anything away from the effect, but would add to the reading enjoyment.Five stars not given out of kindness of heart, but out of amazement. A great book indeed.

  • Richard
    2019-01-28 20:24

    The Afrika Reich was something of an interesting experience all things considered. I picked it up because I'm a huge fan of World War II history and, though it would pain my history professor to hear it, I enjoy a good alternate history story that stems from a "What if Germany won or did this" scenario.Overall, Saville did a bang up job creating an alternate history world for The Third Reich. While it assumes a few political changes in World War II and that Germany had nearly unlimited resources, the way Afrika ended up being carved up and left for the SS to destroy was interesting and, in a way, believable.The rest of the book ended up being something of a predictable affair though. Like an action movie in book form, the characters absorbed ridiculous amounts of punishment, escaped the impossible, killed dozens of Nazis, and sacrificed themselves or won the day accordingly. None of that bothers me, but it does drop the enjoyment down just a tad. It did, however, help a book that was slow to start to kick into gear and deliver a faced past and entertaining read.On the downside, the book committed the crime of ending on a cliff hanger after revealing a major plot twist (one I didn't actually expect) at the very last minute. I'm all for reading series, but considering the time that can typically come between book releases (and the fact that I had no idea this was meant for a series), I hate being just dumped at the end without a single bit of closure.In the end, The Afrika Reich was a fun, enjoyable read that introduced me to a world I'd like to see fleshed out with further books. I just wish it wasn't so cruel at the end.

  • Cheryl
    2019-01-23 20:29

    Another book that surprised me. I did not actually expect to like this book. In fact, all I had to go off of was the back cover. I do not like to really read reviews of others before I have read a book as I don't like to be have preconceived thoughts about a book until I have made up my own. So thus the reason that I picked up this book many times and put it back down. I kind of wondered what I was thinking back than that made me want to read this book. I finally gave in to picking up this book to read. I really enjoyed Mr. Saville's take on the Nazi's and the "what if" regarding the continent of Africa. Plus Burton turned out to be a really likable guy. He was someone that you could stand behind and see as the hero. The battle scenes between Burton and Hochburg were thrilling, especially the last one. There was so much action to keep me intrigued and happy. Yes, I agree with other readers that the scenes at times seemed way over the top in regards to Burton seemed like he had nine lives and had lots of luck on his side to escape every time but still sometimes over the top is a good thing.

  • Olethros
    2019-01-26 16:30

    -A medio camino entre ningún sitio y ningún lugar.-Género. Novela.Lo que nos cuenta. El antiguo mercenario Burton Cole recibe la visita de un supuesto representante de intereses privados que desea contratarle para eliminar a una persona en África. A pesar de su negativa, cuando descubre que la identidad de la persona es Walter E. Hochburg, figura negra en la vida de Burton y supuestamente muerto aunque actualmente gobernador general del Congo ocupado por los alemanes, la sorprendente información hace que acepte de inmediato. Pero las cosas no son exactamente lo que parecen.¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite:

  • Mark Landmann
    2019-02-15 13:29

    I listened to this audiobook and got a quarter of the way in but feel very liberated to have given up on it. I do worry a bit though that I just don't get the genre... do suspense/thriller books always have completely wooden dialogue in them? They don't have to, do they? I really cringed when the Nazi captures one of the Brits and literally exclaims "Fee! Fi! Fo! Fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman!" That's really when I gave up. But it's kind of a shame, since I love the idea of the imagined setting of Nazi-controlled 1952 Africa. I kept on looking back at the map and I loved the revisionist historical detail he'd invented. I wish there'd been more of that and less of everything else.

  • Paul
    2019-02-20 20:41

    Suprisingly good alternate history book from a debut Novelist.A good background knowledge of the machinery of the third reich coupled with a fast paced , action packed story results in a book very hard to put down.Very interesting setting for the story , a well structured alternate history set in a world where Britain signed a peace deal with Hitler and set mainly in the African continent which resulted from this deal.Took a risk on buying the book and don't regret it one bit .Looking forward to many more rom Mr. Saville.

  • Joshua
    2019-02-03 18:42

    Good premise, pretty poor execution. Without spoiling the book, the ending was over the top and one long (all too long) cliche. I am sorry that I ordered this from the UK, and I question the Economist's glowing review for this book. Did the reviewer actually read the same book? Did the reviewer make it past the first 50 pages?

  • Kelly Koya
    2019-02-16 21:54

    I'm not normally a thriller reader, but I thought the book was absolutely brilliant. By the end of it, I couldn't put it down. It was spine chilling and gripping with tension to the point where I felt quite exhausted by the end of it!

  • Lefty
    2019-02-11 13:44

    I surprisingly really liked this book. I thought it would be a cheap hardcover from the bargain bin, but it was actually really good. Reminded me of Clancy when he was in his prime.

  • Jay Greco
    2019-02-05 15:40

    Dark. Awesome. Extraordinary.

  • Owen Rataj
    2019-02-21 17:44

    An incredibly well written and extensively thought out alternate-history. The Afrika Reich is intense and thrilling from the very first chapter. Saville doesn't shy away from the cruelty or horror of war, with his descriptions and imagery of events being exactly as they should be - realistic, and downright horrible.I found all of the characters both believable and interesting. The overarching plot of Burton Cole was very enjoyable and provided the perfect backdrop to his adventure/survival throughout the Nazi's occupancy of Africa. At times I thought that Saville could have improved it by reducing the speed of events, though. It was rare to find a chapter that was not action-packed, and perhaps this could have been improved by trading action for either suspense or tension. All in all a very good vision of alternate-WWII, and I very much look forward to continuing on to read more of Saville's work.

  • Pat
    2019-01-23 17:34

    While this book is a very exciting thriller, I had several problems with it. For one thing, I went into the book excited by the premise of a book that imagines what would have happened had the Nazis achieved victory in Europe and then moved onto Africa. Unfortunately, Saville does not give a lot of detail about how any of this has happened and instead focusses more on using the Nazis as the ultimate villain to take on his protagonist, Burton. I'm not sure why the Nazis had to be in Africa during the 1950s. This book would have worked just as well in Eastern Europe during the 1940s. The details were unimportant and seemed to merely be a hook to get people to read the story.A second problem that I had with it was that I am really not a fan of the kind of thriller where it is obvious who the hero is supposed to be, and the reader knows that the hero is never in any real trouble because a dead hero would mean a premature end to the story. Consequently, all of the tension that Saville spent so much time building fell completely flat for me. I never felt that Burton was in any real danger because Saville could not kill him before he had finished writing the book.I will, however, admit that I did like some of the characters in the book. In particular, the Neliah character was particularly strong, and I found myself rooting for her. Giving the reader some interesting characters who have some depth and are not just cliches to root for makes for a more rewarding reading experience for readers, and this attribute of the book was particularly strong in the second half of the book as Saville revealed more and more about each character. The fact that I had begun to care more for the characters by the end of the book made the constant action sequences much more thrilling since I was finally starting to care what would happen to these people.

  • Randy
    2019-01-24 20:48

    Guy Saville has created a thriller that is in the genre of alternate worlds. Here, Germany and Britain forged an alliance in 1942(the U.S. never entered the war) and ended up dividing the African continent. Germany exports all Jewish folk to one country and has set about exterminating blacks in their half.The book is set ten years later in 1952.Burton Cole is a retired mercenary living on a farm and planning a future with his lady. As soon as she's free of her husband. It took most of what he had to buy the farm in England(with a small loan from an aunt) and the furniture came with it. Old, mildewed, the walls in bad shape, Burton nevertheless turns down the offer from the businessman, Ackerman.Ackerman worked for a diamond mining operation and needed an assassin to take out a German officer that wanted more than his twenty percent. He wanted it all. Cole was offered a fortune in diamonds and turned it down.Until Ackerman mentioned the officer.Walter Hochman, a man who Burton hated with a passion, a man he thought had died in the fire, a man who knew what had happened to his mother.THE AFRIKA REICH is a novel of a mission gone bad, Burton and his team fleeing across Africa, pursued by a madman. You see, Hochman had thought Cole had died in the fire also and now, knowing he was alive, his hatred is revived.Two men who hated each other and wanted to kill the other. Two men who hadn't seen each other since Cole was a boy.Well plotted, the action keeps moving as the pair, or their surrogates, clash across the African continent. And Cole and his old traine are trying to figure, while escaping, what went wrong and if they were set-up.This was a good one.

  • Pete Jones
    2019-02-01 18:37

    OK, this is a guy’s beach read. It’s like a Lee Child novel involving a protagonist scarred by his past up against an antagonist scarred by his past. It’s obviously fiction, not only because Germany didn’t win WWII, but like Jack Reacher, Burton Cole seems impervious to the damage done to his body throughout the story. A quarter of the way into the book Superman would have been reduced to a bucket of quivering protoplasm after sustaining the same damage to his body as Cole does. Cole keeps getting in over his head and just as it looks like the end (of course you know it’s not since you’re not even close to the end of the book) something miraculous happens. This must have bothered the author a bit since Cole does lose an appendage close to the end of the book. If that kind of stuff bothers you this is not your kind of book.The background in which this story is set might seem as much of a stretch as Cole’s ability to survive. But in the author’s notes at the end Guy Saville lays out the research he did before writing the book. He even includes a reading list of scholarly books for “those looking for a more detailed account of a possible Nazi Africa.”This one moves so fast you can almost read the whole book in one sitting—don’t read it before going to bed.

  • aspasiacat
    2019-01-27 15:28

    The Nazi swastika is flying over much of Africa in this thriller set in 1952 – ten years after England settled WWII peacefully with Hitler. Written by first time novelist Guy Saville, the book runs the gamut of “ifs” including a reimagined Africa – where colonialism is once again the norm and the indigenous population is basically enslaved by the Nazi/SS hierarchy.Throw in rebels trying to save their country, an Englishman trying to kill his nemesis who is now a Governor of the German-Afrikan territories and you have the setting for a political thriller/action/adventure and fast paced alternative reality page-turner!Some of it is a little hard to believe (how does our Brit always overcome any obstacle it seems – is it the thought of true love?) The Germans seem very stereotypical (all brutish thugs with no redeeming characteristics – you can draw your own conclusions).It’s a fun romp but there are not enough answers to so many questions that you cannot help wonder why did the British settle? How did it come to this – before you can really appreciate the story as it unfolds.

  • Lianne Burwell
    2019-02-06 13:36

    Sigh. I wanted this to be so much better than it was. Instead we get a bland story about a man recruited to kill a Nazi commander in an alternate history where England and Germany made peace and divided Africa between then. Things go wrong, and it becomes a race to escape the Nazis while running into black rebels. People die until only the expected character is left alive at the end. Characters are drawn with a broad brush, and the plot is as thin as a Fast and Furious movie. In fact, it read more like an outline for an action movie.I really wanted to know more about the alternate history. The Africa parts are based on Hitler's actual plans (according to the afterword), but there was a lot that could have been filled in. The US stayed out of everything, but there is no explanation of why Japan never attacked Pearl Harbor (at least I assume they didn't, since the US apparently never went to war with them either). I have trouble believing that the USSR was so easily subdued.There was the potential for a really good alternate history novel here, but it just didn't quite work.

  • Addison Public Library
    2019-01-31 19:52

    This is an alternate history Nazi scenario unique for its African perspective. After the “Casablanca Conference" in 1943, Germany controls most of Africa while Britain maintains sovereignty in some areas. Burton Cole, a retired major living quietly on his country farm, is visited by someone he perceives to be Rhodesian. This man offers Cole a fortune to go to Africa and assassinate a high ranking Nazi, familiar to and despised by Cole. Thus begins a perilous mission for Cole and his former commander in the French Foreign Legion. JLCheck out this book today!

  • Samori Augusto
    2019-01-21 18:45

    Got bored reading it. Also, visceral reaction to so many uses of the term n----- that rhymes with bigger. Really, I get that the Nazis were racist, but seriously? Also, exactly how much of the plot is stolen from Hemingway's "For Whom The Bell Tolls"? Also for some reason it felt unbelievable after a while, especially after so many people die just like that really quickly, yet the hero, heroine, other hero, and whomever else just kept going magically, and very Indiana Jones-like. Or the movie U-571 -- is that another exploding depth charge? Oh no [submarine shakes for 5 seconds and then everything is back to the same]! I hope Jon Bon Jovi is okay!That's the last time I listen to book suggestions from The Economist.

  • Mark
    2019-02-15 14:41

    A potentially great premise - Britain, after heavy defeat at Dunkirk, agrees a peace treaty with Germany, and the two European powers carve up Africa to their mutual benefit. But the plot of this novel, following a band of mercenaries attempting to kill a Nazi governor general, was too plodding and too far-fetched for my liking. The main protagonist, in the few days covered in The Afrika Reich, survives having his plane shot down, his train blown off the tracks and his boat sunk in the Atlantic. As well as having his hand cut off with a machete. Too much Dan Brown and not enough Fatherland for my tastes.

  • Paula
    2019-02-08 20:33

    Interesting story line but very violent(gratuitous?).

  • Camille
    2019-01-25 15:30

    Too violent for me.

  • Nimrod Blaser
    2019-01-24 16:48

    Too much "out of the pan into the fire", consecutively. Repeatedly.

  • Juan
    2019-02-19 13:50

    I bought this book encouraged by the "alternative history" mention, but it is more a thriller and the alternative history thing is only the background where the action takes place. Apart from that is a decent action thriller. The best? the action scenes. The worst? the excess of action scenes. The unbelievable? that the main character survives everything the author makes it happen to him. And this is thought as a trilogy, so expect more of the same to come, because the bad guy and the good guy are still alive. Anyway, a good book to take to the beach or to a short travel. At least I didn't get bored.

  • Marcia
    2019-01-21 17:38

    Imagine a world where the 3rd Reich won the war in Africa and are gradually implementing their plans of creating racial purity and a master race in that continent. Now imagine a small band of men who make up the resistance, plotting to overturn the Reich with only their wits and very little else. Well told, very believable, and suspenseful.

  • Daniel
    2019-02-17 15:45

    Its hard not to think of any "what if" world war two fiction with out comparing it to "Fatherland" or "man in the high castle". This well researched novel certainly belongs amongst the latter in its solid story telling.

  • jsewellmcevoy
    2019-01-22 15:45

    A bloodthirsty adventure novel, obviously a cross between The Wild Geese and Dark of the Sun, and set in an alternate history in which heroes are ultimately betrayed by more than a reader's expectations.