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The Whole Rotten Edifice

The Whole Rotten Edifice [Kindle Edition]

Tony Judge
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During the desperate defence of Moscow in 1941/2, a father and daughter fight for the Red Army: he as a general, she as a sniper.
The Whole Rotten Edifice, a work of historical fiction, takes place on the Russian Front during WWII. The title comes from words attributed to Adolf Hitler during the run up to Operation Barbarossa: “We have only to kick in the door and the whole rotten edifice will come crashing down.”
There are two narrative threads, one from the viewpoint of the young sniper, the second from her father’s, who is a Red Army General, defending the frontier at the time of the invasion. After Moscow escapes from imminent disaster, both become involved in a series of battles to the west of the city. The famous Russian victories at Stalingrad, Kursk and Leningrad have overshadowed the actions around Rzhev and Vyazma. The forces deployed and losses incurred by the Red Army were greater than at Stalingrad, but they have been all but erased from history by subsequent accounts, because the offensives failed.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 304 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LX0GL0
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Tony Judge is a freelance writer from Worcestershire, England. He writes novels, short stories, satire and poetry. His first novel, Sirocco Express (2006), describes the experiences of a young Nigerian student at the hands of people smugglers while travelling from Lagos to London, and has received many excellent reviews. In his second novel, The Whole Rotten Edifice (2010), a historical fiction set during the desperate defence of Moscow in 1941/2, a father and daughter fight for the Red Army: he as a general, she as a sniper. Many of Tony's satires have been broadcast by He is the author of several non-fiction books, published by BWCS and ARCchart, and is a member of the UK Society of Authors.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing rotten about this.... 16 Dec. 2011
By Ross
Format:Kindle Edition
I went for this after reading the author's excellent first novel, Sirocco Express and was not dissappointed. The skilled writing remains in this second outing even if the style is somewhat of a departure. This is action-packed from the first chapter as the stubborness and ineptitude of the Soviet high command that led to the German attacks at the start of WWII are perfectly portrayed.

From there we have the intruiging tale of a father and a daughter at war and their relationship which remains estranged in spite of all the bigger things going on. Both father and daughter have their respective nemises, people who could easily have them rubbed out if they are seen to step out of the party line so that feeling on living on a knife edge during the Stalinist terror is captured brilliantly.

As someone who studied Russian and spent time in the country I often find myself cringing at the efforts of non-Russians to set books in some stereoptyped version of Russia. Not so at all with this. As with his first book the author has managed to capture a genuine sense of the place, and in this case time as well, which makes you think it could easily have been written by a native of the country.

Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent gripping and informative 9 Oct. 2012
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Grim, grizzly but utterly compelling. The Whole Rotten Edifice is extremely well-written, fast paced and gripping. It tells stories about the Russian military experience in World War Two from the viewpoint of two very interesting protagonists. Sevastian is a high ranking military officer, basically decent, but betrayed by the system, so that he suffers torture, indignity and betrayal, yet he never wavers from his commitment to do his best against the odds. Concurrently we see his daughter Marta, a sniper on the front line, experiencing the true horrors of war at first hand, meeting brave partisans and treacherous officers, the majority of whom pay the ultimate price. Images of wartime atrocities stay in your mind long afterwards, such as the sharp-toothed traitor who ate his comrades to stay alive, or the horrific torture methods of the secret police. As one of the characters says, words to the effect of: wartime is an inversion of the human soul, so that evil deeds are deemed good, while good deeds, such as acts of kindness and mercy, are classified as weaknesses. The book leaves us with some hope for the future, but also the chilling insight that this corrupt, inept, divisive and completely directionless empire has a gargantuan power that probably continues to this day. This is a novel about brave, basically well-intentioned people doing their very best, but shackled into obsequious servitude under the searchlight of an all-powerful evil madness that cannot be resisted. It adds to your knowledge of the depths of cruelty people are capable of, as well as the bravery of the human spirit to resist just about any hardship on earth. Read this book and you will never forget the nuggets of insight into the nature of a cruel vicious system that is fatally flawed. Before reading this I thought that Hitler was World War Two's ultimate monster, whereas now I'm not so sure.
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