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I would have edited this novel differently in that the information given in the first few pages, although necessary for the plot, could have come later or even as an appendix. I urge readers to get through that info dump because the rest is worthy.
Homilies come in thoughtful asides mainly as the erstwhile trainee priest, Tom, thinks about life and death. One such is a brilliant quote from Stephen Covey on how to manage life and business: 'the main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing'.
The author keeps us up to date with technology too. New for me, the attacker, Harry, plants a GPS tracker on Tom, his victim and could take up to 5 days all the time following him, or his jacket.
There are interesting cusps in stranger's lives when in this novel they meet, exchange potted life's problems and find resolution, even if temporary. Eg Claire, looking for clues to Tom's disappearance, and so meets Samantha. Many times the narrative is like something Tom said: 'in a portal between Kairos and Kronor.' IE between a special-moment time standstill and its continuation. Readers are treated to deep philosophical introspection interspersed with abject horror, as our author, Philip, is using his - our book as a sublimation of his (our?) blackest ponderings. Pleasing and unique coins of phrase too include: (Claire's) busy and globetrotting life had often taken first dibs on time.' ‘The fear spread ... up the glass stairwell where Claire stood rooted and wrapped its reach around her legs.’ ‘Dreams are time travellers. Sadly our bodies are not. The silence served tennis balls of nerves that bounced at odd angles in her stomach.’
Not so sure about this one. 'Anarchists' argue their innate conscience tells them right from wrong but Tom is convinced God whispers the right direction. Did the author mean atheists? Is this thriller a religious thesis? On the other hand many anarchists might be atheists but not all. I was raised an atheist and it seems to me that those without God, who nevertheless behave in an ethical way to both humans and non-humans, are of a higher moral fibre than those who do so out of fear of an Almighty deity. You may disagree and that’s what I like about Blood Relationships – it makes you think and argue.
The story isn’t complete even though the immediate issues are resolved – that’s how the first book of a series should be, whetting our appetite.
I can recommend this novel to those readers who enjoy an alternative history and interpretation of what Mangele might have been up to with his Fuhrer, to those who thirst for gory abductions, and a philosophical treatment of the narrative.
I really connected with the characters - gut wrenchingly hating some of them, and platonically falling in love with others. The human connection that this author creates is exquisite. I fell into their world of chaos, love, destruction, compassion, pain and defiance and was swept away by the magnitude of history and conspiracy. I was on tenterhooks, willing for things to happen or not to happen.
I expected a normal historical thriller and was met with something so much more.Thriller, history, conspiracy - cunningly intertwined with a love story (or two); with philosophy and poetry beautifully juxtaposed and resonating with the story. It is a book that speaks to you on so many levels - and a book that should be read by all. You won't be disappointed. Highly recommended. Vivid and mesmerising, blood curdling yet beautiful. Fantastic writer, I can't wait for the next book in the trilogy!
I find myself stunned at how this writer has managed to weave the past and present so beautifully together. His historical research is excellent and he is also wonderful at getting across what is happening within a character's mind. This is I think the key to a good book (and a sign of a good writer!) because we need to be interested in the characters if we are to engage fully with the story.
In breathtaking fashion, Mr Oldfield leads us through a journey which is at times brutal, ugly and violent, but which also involves great sacrifice and love. He takes us through the whole gamut of emotions - disbelief, disgust, anger, sadness and fear - and leaves us wanting more. I really can't wait to read the next book and I feel that this is a new writer to watch.
I really would recommend this one.
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