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4.0 out of 5 stars Just right, 29 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Just War (New Doctor Who Adventures) (Paperback)
I approached this novel with interest as the blurb reminded me of one of the earliest 'New Adventures' - 'Timewyrm: Exodus'. The vision of an Earth where the Nazis have triumphed or will triumph is a well-worn theme in Sci-Fi but Lance Parkin has refreshed the theme; placing the action on the Channel Island of Guernsey in 1941 and setting a scene where the Nazis have a 'super weapon' that will change the course of the war.
Parkin's first 'New Adventures' novel is far more concerned with ordinary people and what drives them than green slimy monsters or Machiavellian manipulators - the treatment that Benny receives at the hands of the sadistic Nazis is unprecedented for a 'Doctor Who' companion and is right up there with any factual account of the atrocities committed in the name of Fascism.
What really works with this book is the way the author weaves the strands of the story together using Benny, Chris and Roz effectively and keeping The Doctor in the background for the majority of the story. It deals with the differing ways people perceive the 'truth' and the lengths to which they'll go to support their ideals. Pretty powerful stuff.
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