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Sidhe-Devil Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2001

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (1 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671319930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671319939
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 2.1 x 10.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,045,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jun. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the sequal to Doc Sidhe and it won't make much sense to you unless you have read the first book, first.
The book is a kindoff alternative reality - there is another world; the 'fair' world in which magic works much more than it does in our 'grim' world. Technology is not so advanced and the fair world's history which mirrors our own is about 60 or so years behind ours.
The principal hero in the story 'Doc Sidhe' is back with his 'associates' to fight for truth and justice. Doc Sidhe is a rich, charismatic, scientist/engineer/wizard who uses his riches and talents to help people (he is very popular with the 'man on the street')
These Heroes are back (with a few new Heroes and a battery of villians) and this time they are in effect challanging the fair worlds equivalent of the rise of Nazi Germany.
All in all this is a good story, some morality (but not in your face) humour, mystery and action. Not a 'heavy' book either - one you can sit down and really enjoy reading for entertainment.
A good, enjoyable book about super heroes (not superheroes) - but if you haven't read the first one, you'll miss out quite a lot (without the first one it would only rate three and a half stars)
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By curiouslady on 9 May 2013
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I like elves, but I'm quite tired of the usual Tolkien pastiches. This was something different. Lightweight, but a fun read.
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A Great Sequel! But not quite perfect... 5 July 2001
By K. Weld - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Doc Sidhe and his associates are out to discover who is behind Doc's kidnapping and attempted murder. Zeb Watson, a fight manager from the grim world (our world) is introduced to the fair world (a 1930's fantasy world, more or less) by the protagonist from the first book, Harris Greene. The story progresses as Zeb discovers that both worlds have racism and bias, hatred and isolation, love and kindness. The fair world's history following the grim world's (in a loose way) has begun to develop a Nazi movement of their own, backed by the powers of a never-before-seen sun god.
Don't worry if you haven't read the first book, because this one stands alone quite well. No, wait. If you missed Doc Sidhe, run out and get it. You're really missing something! Having read Doc Sidhe, (and having been entranced by it) I couldn't wait for Sidhe Devil to hit the stands. The humor is still strong, and the characters are still enjoyable. The story MOVES like you won't believe, and visualization is easy enough through-out.
As I said, the story moves very well, the writing style is fluid and the interactions are very real. I can imagine people saying these things to each other, and getting angry, laughing, being touched, etc. But I found myself put upon to enjoy the climactic conflict between Good and Evil as much as I had hoped to. The bad guys in this story are strangely under-developed, and in fact remain unknown for most of the novel. Allston typically shows his antagonist's motives and thoughts in excellent interactions with their henchmen. With this element missing, the impact of the finale seemed diminished. Everything else is in place, though. Intelligence on the parts of all the characters, no "typical" mistakes, and just when you think you can predict the next chapter, you're off in a new direction.
All in all, a great book and really enjoyable. Once again, Aaron made me laugh out loud while reading. But just shy of Five stars. This time.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great fun! 5 Jun. 2001
By Rory Coker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Once one gets past the terrible pun imbedded in the title, this book is a wonderful throwback to the justice-figure pulps of the 1930s. Doc Sidhe is the equivalent of Doc Savage in the "fair world," a parallel universe where science and magical "devisement" uneasily coexist. Here Doc and his assistants battle the fair world equivalent of Nazis, neutralize a superweapon that could be used to conquer the world, end a plan to breed a race of supermen, and defeat a new-born Sun God in single combat.
The novel manages to open with a completely gratuitious sex scene (!) and never lets up from then on. There's a battle every chapter or so, in true Lester Dent style. Also welcome is the appearance of a fair-world equivalent of The Shadow!
If I have any criticism of this, or the earlier novel in the series, DOC SIDHE, it's that not all of Doc's aides are up to snuff. A couple come pretty close to being liabilities, specifically the largely personality-less Gaby and Ixyail. To balance that weakness, though, we have the fair world equivalent of Carl Barks' Beagle Boys, namely the Bergmonk Boys.
You'll have fun.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Adventure Continues 29 Jan. 2003
By W. Boyd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This second installment is every bit as good as the first book. The story is starts off running and never slows down. Allston does an excellent job of conveying the characters emotions, and does it without interrupting the flow of the story. The story is clear and easy to follow despite the various subplots and numerous characters. I highly recommend the two books in this series, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that there is a third, and fourth, and...
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By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The sequel is pretty much as good as the first. It contains a new point of view character, Zeb, who was Harris' mentor on old earth. There is a plot to kidnap Doc, and teams are dispersed on both worlds, in case he is at Harris' wedding. This is where Zeb becomes entangled in the mess, and goes back with them to the Fair World.

The story this time, continuing the theme that history is somewhat parallel, but the Fair World is only in the '30s, is one analogous to the 1936 Olympics. Zeb, while not quite Jesse Owens is, however, basically a 21st century ex-military unarmed combat master. A bit of an advantage.

He also discovers he has a thing for one of Doc's associates.

Harris and Gaby are by this time highly competent members of the Sidhe foundation, and Harris has taken on a leading role, replacing one of the fallen in the first book.

Entangled in all this, again, is Doc's family, the 'royalty' of a pommi-like place. Not too good, son a super villain, brother basically a nazi, mother rather duplicitous.

So, Olympic competition, a nazi style plot, and a bunch of Beagle boy type gangsters.

Another helping of pulp adventure and urban fantasy, and a fine one.
All hail Aaron Allston... 3 Oct. 2014
By Theo MacConnell - Published on Amazon.com
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Alternate dimensions, thirties-style realm where magic rules and technology has just barely surpassed steampunk levels, a master race of elves not unlike the Nazis challenging North America's position in this wonderful story of the Sidhe...Magic and political intrigue. Please write more, Allston? I will buy them gladly as fast as you can turn them out! An awesome read!
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