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Wolf Hunt (The Burning Ages) [Kindle Edition]

Sebastian P. Breit
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2024. The world we know is crumbling. A devastating war in the Persian Gulf has left the global economy in ruins, and civilization itself is beginning to crack under the strain.

When a war-weary task force of NATO ships races against time and a rival fleet to prevent Brazil's descent into a murderous civil war, their mission is unexpectedly upset by a mysterious tempest. Thrown back in time, Captains Steven Flynn and Florian Hallwinter with their crews emerge in the year 1940 as the world is gripped in the fires of World War Two.

Presented with the opportunity to change both past and future for the better, they find themselves drawn into a maelstrom of conflicting interests. While overcoming the suspicion of their natural allies of the time proves harder than they imagined, they soon discover that even the best intentions carry the seeds of doom. For whereas Flynn is American, Hallwinter and his crew are from Germany...

About the Author

Sebastian P. Breit has worked in the financial sector and has studied English and Political Sciences at the University of Trier, Germany. He currently lives in Germany's oldest city, Trier.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1789 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463570104
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056QJGN0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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I worked in the financial sector before I decided to study English and Political Sciences at the University of Trier, Germany, something would be better at if I spent more time studying instead of writing.

I currently live in the city of Trier, the oldest urban settlement in Germany, and a place where the Roman past lurks behind each and every bush. When I'm not busy writing or studying you'll find me either reading, hiking, or enjoying life together with some good friends.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 25 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really looking forward until the next book comes out, 5 stars from me unable to put down, recommended to everyone :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wolf Hunt by Seb Breit 6 Jan 2013
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This is the most bizarre book I have ever read. It goes on for a very long time and
seems to include a lot of waffle and repetition.
It is obviously originally written in Germam and not translated very well
The technical mistakes are dreasful. Almost one on every page. e.g.
captains and admirals on ships do not work "shifts", there are no Ensigns in
the RN and RN Officers do not wear moustaches. To name a very few.
But, if you can live with that, it is not a bad story and the only
reason I continued reading was to see what on earth he would think of next.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  38 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed military science fiction / alternative history 12 July 2011
By Tara Maya - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Clocking in over 60 million dead, WWII was the deadliest war in history. So if you somehow found yourself thrown backward in time to 1940, before the most brutal campaigns of the war, before the Holocaust was in full swing, before Barbarossa, before Pearl Harbor and Nagasaki, and for that matter before the Soviet Occupation of Eastern Europe, the division of Germany and the fall of China to Mao, you might be tempted to try to change history.

Especially if you happened to have the power of a NATO naval fleet at your command.

Alternate histories of WWII and the idea of people from our near future traveling back in time to WWII, are not new, but this book offers a unique twist. For more than half of the NATO force that find themselves thrust back in time are German. And they have their own, very strong ideas about how history can be improved.

The premise is pure, distilled awesome. As I was reading the beginning, I was wondering, are these NATO forces *really* going to turn on each other? Is that believable? But the author made it not only seem believable, he keeps both sides very sympathetic and heroic.

At the heart of the story are two men, a German, Captain Florian Hallwinter of the German lead ship, the destroyer FMG Brandt, and an American, Captain Steven Flynn of the US Navy destroyer USS Halsey. Their deep friendship is what makes the story downright gut wrenching when everything goes south and they find themselves on opposite sides. There are a number of well-drawn supporting characters as well. No one in this book is a caricature, each comes across as a flesh-and-blood person with strengths and weakness--even the more vile ones.

There are also a lot of frankly fun scenes in here. Haven't you secretly always wanted to know how a battle would go between fellow NATO ships? (Be honest.) How modern destroyers would fair against the pride of WWII's navies? How geeks from Los Alamos would react if you showed them a modern computer? If a single twenty-first century soldier could take out a panzer?

Why I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of five: There are malapropisms, which interrupt the smooth reading, and a fair share of clunky sentences. (Not unlike the writing in The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo.)

Why I gave it 5 stars anyway: I stayed up all night to finish this book. My biggest regret after toggling the last page was that the sequel is not out yet.

This book ended with a satisfying bang. It could be a stand alone, but there's also plenty room for more. I am curious to see where the author will take it from here.

Tara Maya
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Alternate History book of 2011 15 Aug 2011
By Rodrigo Vergueiro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Many readers will compare this novel with John Birmingham's "Axis of Evil Trilogy". In both universes we get a naval force from the future taken back in time into the Second World War. And in both cases they try to change history as we know it. The similarities end there and I urge every fan of alternate history to pick this book up.

I really found myself fascinated with this novel. If the "Axis of Evil" books dropped the reader right into the action (don't get me wrong, I loved them), "Wolf Hunt" takes its time, letting you discover the characters and the dilemmas they face. The main characters are good friends and both have a sense of honour that will take them down opposite paths. From friends to enemies it's a long trip, but the author knows how to keep the reader interested without swamping him with technobabble, battles, historic "cameos" and jokes.

You get the feeling the author did a thorough research and really tried to write a book that is much more than a "Uptimers Vs. Evil Nazis". And he did a excellent job! The book kept me glued until the last page and, without spoiling anything (just a hint - the next book will be called "Clash Of Eagles"), I can say I was surprised by the ending. Changing history isn't as simple as it seems and even if you have the military upper-hand, there's always going to be some resistance.

To finish, another reviewer mentioned a "fair share of clunky sentences" and I have to agree with her. I think there are lots of commas missing, making some sentences very long and, sometimes, even hard to read. But that isn't enough to spoil the book, especially if you take into account that the author isn't a native English speaker.

I can only hope that Mr. Breit gets picked up by a big publisher who further helps him in his burgeoning career. If his first book - self-published - is this good, one can only imagine how far can he go if supported.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best this year 2 Aug 2011
By Sift Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This novel engaged me from the first page to the last. Though the book weighs in at 175,000 words--three times as long as an ordinary novel--I never felt the work was too long. It certainly was never boring. I was impressed on every page by the author's broad and deep knowledge of both present-day and World War II era armaments and weapons systems. He integrated an enormous array of highly technical information into a story that could go toe to toe with anything by Tom Clancy--and win, hands down. As might be expected in a story drawing heavily from the techno-thriller genre, characters are mostly throw-away, one-dimensional creations. But one does not read a story of this type for the characters. Technology bristles on every page of this novel. In less capable hands, the weaponry would serve merely as a catalogue of the author's vast knowledge. Even in the capable hands of someone of the stature of Tom Clancy, stories can become bogged down in technical details that are difficult to make sense of. Mr. Breit somehow avoids both problems in this novel, creating a story that is as compelling as I have read.

I normally reserve accolades such as these for five-star novels. This novel, unfortunately, is not among the few books I have granted a perfect score. If I read a book only for plotting and integration of far-flung bits of technical savvy and historical erudition, this book would certainly earn five stars. However, this novel suffers a most noticeable deficiency in editing. Though I have to applaud Mr. Breit--a native German--for his command of the English language, the quality of his writing does not meet the standards I expect in an engaging novel. Rather than `esprit de corps', I read `esprit the corps'. Words of just slightly incorrect meaning were often used, as in "It was one of those seldom moments when the world and Moritz Dierke were in the balance." An experienced wordsmith would probably render the previous sentence as "It was one of those rare moments when the world and Moritz Dierke were in balance." Frequently used phrases included `everything but', as in "The Second Operation's Officer was everything but a superstitious man" or "The picture emerging from these reports was everything but encouraging." Interrogatives were frequently used in statements, such as in this example: "With how cheap, reliable, and superior in quality digital radio communications was nowadays even the poorest of..." Again, an experienced wordsmith would remove the interrogative, engineering a simpler yet more substantive statement: "With the superior quality of modern digital radio communications, even the poorest of..." Phrases were repeated, to the point of becoming an assault on the eyes, and removing the reader from the story. Hitler "sported" a unique moustache. A destroyer "sported" damages, an admiral "sported" red hair, and so on, several dozen times through the book. If I had seen the word "sported" in the last ten pages of the novel, I probably would have docked this novel to three stars.

This book needs heavy editing, and I hope Mr. Breit will have the work done quickly. He has created a novel that could become an Amazon bestseller and even 2015's biggest movie of the year, but it's not going to happen until the novel meets minimum standards of composition. In all other respects, this novel is one of the best I have read this year, and I recommend it to any interested in a fast-paced action-adventure story of the first rate.

Review by: Pearson of Sift Book Reviews
Sift Book Reviews received a free copy for review from the author. This has, in no way, affected the reviewer's opinion.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a find! 26 Feb 2012
By philswan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book with a strong interest in alternate history books but with a healthly distrust of cheap kindle (indie) books as either the character development is lacking or the story writing is poor, this book blew that theory out of the water!!!

If you are a fan of this genre and like the books written by for example John Birmingham, Robert Conroy or Eric Flint then you will love this book, the story is compelling, writing excellent, characters strong and interesting.

My only disappointment....is having to wait for the sequel!

I tell you now, this author will be one to watch for the future and will be on par with the well known authors of the genre.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World War II Action Adventure Time Travelling Thriller 29 Sep 2012
By VicG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sebastian P. Breit in his new book, "Wolf Hunt" Book One in The Burning Ages series published by CreateSpace gives us a different World War II adventure.

From the back cover: If you had the chance to change the world, how far would you go?

2024. The world we know is crumbling. A devastating war in the Persian Gulf has left the global economy in ruins, and civilization itself is beginning to crack under the strain.

When a war-weary task force of NATO ships races against time and a rival fleet to prevent Brazil's descent into a murderous civil war, their mission is unexpectedly upset by a mysterious tempest. Thrown back in time, Captains Steven Flynn and Florian Hallwinter with their crews emerge in the year 1940 as the world is gripped in the fires of World War Two.

Presented with the opportunity to change both past and future for the better, they find themselves drawn into a maelstrom of conflicting interests. While overcoming the suspicion of their natural allies of the time proves harder than they imagined, they soon discover that even the best intentions carry the seeds of doom. For whereas Flynn is American, Hallwinter and his crew are from Germany...

If you like history then this book is for you. If you like science fiction then this book is for you. If you like the fairly new genre, alternate history then this book is for you. "Wolf Hunt" is a rip-rousing adventure yarn that will grab your attention and keep you flipping pages as fast as you can read them. A war fleet from 2024 is thrown back in time to 1940 and then the real excitement begins. Considering the weaponry at their disposal if they take action, whatever action they take will change the course of history. Their very presence in 1940 already has a significant bearing on the future and now the captains must decide on what action to take. More conflict develops as part of the fleet is German while part of the fleet is American or British. "Wolf Hunt" is a real thriller as everyone is in deadly danger from within their ranks as well as from without from the War. If this book perfect? No, not quite, it could have used more editing and polish. But as this is the only complaint that I can find it certainly does not diminish the action and adventure. I liked it a lot and look forward to more in this series.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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