I have to start my review a little different than I normally do. Let me explain how you cannot approach this book.
This is a story of what-if. Forget your history to an extent. World War II didn’t develop the way you remembered. This is a story of a different D-Day and a different war afterwards. The Allies did not win. Hitler grew stronger. If you are a history buff, this might proof difficult for you. I found myself stopping periodically as I would question the events. Several times, I had to remind myself that it was fiction and most of the story was not based on historical events but more on the players’ personalities and drive.
There are many characters that play in this story though the author narrows it mainly to one man. You are there as they watch men die, as politicians negotiate, and as they try to keep some of their own sanity during it all. A few times the pace slowed down, but it was more to develop characters and give background.
I think the author did an excellent job in describing the battle scenes. In fact, that was where he excelled the most in his writing. The dialogue was okay. I felt that it was not too realistic at times and the description surrounding the dialogue was awkward. I spent a lot of time rereading many of the action scenes because they were so well done. I felt like I was there when it was happening.
This was a creative piece of writing and a huge challenge for any writer. I commend him for taking the chance to do so. It really had me thinking about the various what-ifs. Also, he explored a bit of military trivia and turned it into a history changing story. Most of us know that Hitler was on the verge of many technological advancements. We just have no idea how close and how it would have changed the entire war.
Give this book a try. Use it to discuss the technology and the what-if scenarios with your history friends. You’ll find a lot to talk about.
Note: I received this book from the author with no expectation of a positive review.