This review is from: Wunderwaffe (Kindle Edition)Wunderwaffe is another alternate history tale from Ian Sales.
It has a similar feel and style to the first two pieces of his still-in-progress Apollo Quartet, but it is not part of that composite but disparate work. Rather it looks to a very different history, diverging well before the stories in Adrift On The Sea Of Rains or The Eye With Which The Universe Beholds Itself.
In this universe, Germany is winning an extended WWII, helped to stay just ahead of the Allies technologically via the aid of Ultima Thule, a previously hidden island of Aryan technological advances.
Our protagonist, Ehrlichmann, is sent by Hitler to examine and report on a secret project in eastern Europe. He follows a female slave through an extra-dimensional portal and finds what might well be an existential threat to his own reality. What does he do next? That's the gist of the story, without spoilers.
But Wunderwaffe is more than this. It's not just the story of a different WWII or the various Aryan fantasies / conspiracies. It's not a checklist of Nazi theories or belief systems. It's the story of one man and what he believes in. And in some ways it reminds me of every other WWII alternate history I've ever read - be it PK Dick, or CJ Sansom or John Birmingham or Robert Harris and, as Keith Roberts reminded us in Weihnachtabend, despair is a profound motivator. Recommended.