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For the most part I did enjoy the book but, there were one or two question marks. Over all a good read but, I do think there needed to be more to it.
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Time-traveling Nazis from 1000 years in the future save a Tuskegee airman just as his plane crashes in the ocean as part of a project to study World War II without altering their past. When the pilot learns the Nazi empire has endured for a thousand years, he determines to find a way to alter that destiny.
Three stars: an exactly average book. In fact, it's a mixture of strengths and weaknesses. Characterization doesn't go deep here, with one exception noted below. The writing lacks the final polish I'd like to see. Also, the plot ultimately disappoints--the tension explodes at the end, rather than building in a controlled way. The real virtue of the book is the depth of research in military and political practices and thought of the time.
What dazzled me are the political debates. The author really thought through the Nazi talking points. Getting inside the head of a Nazi is a rather brave thing; no doubt some knuckleheads will rise up to accuse the author of believing everything the characters in his novel say. (For the ne plus ultra of adopting the Nazi persona, see The Iron Dream by Norman Spinrad; it's a novel of world conquest written "by" sci-fi "author" Adolf Hitler. Weird, dark, frightening, and hilarious stuff.)
Finally, I enjoyed the black protagonist and the racial issues that came up. This is the best handling of race I've seen in a book where race was not the central theme. Sam McHenry deals with racism continually, yet ultimately defines himself by his character and choices.
The basic story is described in the description--a US fighter pilot in a battle off Italy is shot down and crashes into the ocean. All seems lost, when suddenly he's rescued by a spaceship--piloted by Nazis from the far future with the news that Germany WON World War 2.
It's hard to say much more without spoilers cropping up. The book is SOLID throughout and well put together, with a very logical consistency and reason for the Nazi win and why they are visiting WW2. There is one small subplot involving an attempted escape which I thought was a bit forced, and the book ended more abruptly than I thought it would--usually that's a sign of a larger book split in two so perhaps (HOPEFULLY!) we can expect a sequel.
I really can't say much more without generating spoilers, so I'll cut this review short even though there's MUCH more I want to say. I tore through this book losing far more sleep than I should have so I could get "just one more chapter". HIGHLY recommended for any fans of alternate history and/or WW2.
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