- Paperback: 158 pages
- Publisher: lulu.com (23 Feb. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1291757848
- ISBN-13: 978-1291757842
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.9 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,824,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Kaiser's Navigator Paperback – 23 Feb 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
As with his first book 'The Templar Vault', there are two parallel stories: one set in the present day where the protagonist, Peter Sparke, has been hired to discover the wreckage of an Argentine research ship from the early 20th century and one set just before the First World War when a German naval vessel originally discovered the wreck. The modern story has a sketchy sub-plot involving the Falkland Islands, while the story about the German naval expedition follows the subsequent career of the navigator as he is captured in World War I and returns to Germany to see the start of what would turn into Nazism.
It's a good thing that Chapman is such a fluent writer, because this disguises rather a confused plot. The problem is that none of the characters really do very much. Peter Sparke has been made CEO of a German company that hires out what is essentially troubleshooting expertise. Much is made of his boredom organising the office furniture and that is because it is essentially quite boring. Chapman sexes things up with some high-tech computers but, such is the speed of development of technical wizardry, that these failed to impress me. Voice recognition and remote access are readily available to us all, so why should we be excited by them?
The navigator's experiences are more interesting, though the best bits have nothing to do with navigation. There is widespread ignorance in the UK about what exactly was going on in Germany after the end of the Great War. My own interest doesn't really start until the 1930s, so I can't swear to the accuracy of Chapman's narrative, but I found it convincing.Read more ›
I had no idea there was a revolution in Germany, and linking that, Antarctic exploration and a modern thriller works really well.
Looking forward to seeing these characters in another book.
I will be eagerly looking out for more Scott Chapman books
The background story of the main characters personal life could move a little quicker, it will take 10 books or more to see how this develops at thie current pace.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A Very good book with a fast moving story.
I recommend this book
On with the next book.....