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Anthologies such as these are hit and miss as the stories can have issues that just don't jive with the stories.
In this specific anthology there were no misses at all which is very shocking. a very enjoyable read.
The ‘More’ in the title allows the eight authors to explore the widespread repercussions what follow this attack from different locations and perspectives. ‘A Rude Awakening’ introduces the reader to a broad cast of characters in a Singapore that is riddled with petty snobbery and the belief that British superiority will repel any efforts by the Japanese to occupy its territories.
In the heart of Berlin, the struggle of a young Jewish women to escape the concentration camp is tautly told in ‘Turning Point.’ For Margarete, there is only one way to freedom, she must tear off the yellow star and embark on a journey fraught with danger at every turn.
‘Allies After All’ is set in the quiet, pot-marked country lanes of Northern Ireland. America has now entered the war and Art, an American mechanic, longs to return home and enlist. But he is under contract, working on military installations that are being prepared for the impending arrival of US troops. Robbie is an Ulster farmer, who also wants to enlist, but has to maintain the family farm. Both men share a mutual animosity towards each other and the parochial environment where they are stranded soon proves to be another type of battlefront – and one where they must appreciate that they are allies in a common cause.
‘The List’ is a terse, fast-paced story that draws its inspiration from the true life assignation of a German Military Commander in France in 1941. Protected in her luxurious chateau, a countess can sit out the war in relative security or she can raise her head over its protective parapets and help the Jewish husband of her housekeeper to escape execution. This decision is the most momentous one she will ever make and determine the direction she must take for the rest of the war.
‘Time to Go’ is an other-worldly, time–travel tale that explores the mysterious force of true love, which is daunted neither or dented by war, and seeks a paradise that will never be blown apart.
In ‘Christmas Eve in the City of Dreams’ Jesse Garland is a ruthless conman and self-serving playboy. An unlovable anti-hero, he is preparing to go to war and there is nothing in his behaviour to shield the reader from his indifference to others. But, then, like a sun flash after rain, we are offered intriguing glimpses into the softer side of his disillusioned personality.
‘I am an American,’ explores the tensions that arise when the attack on Pearl Harbour sets neighbour against neighbour in a small multi-cultural Californian community. This story is told from two perspectives, beginning with the grim recounting of the planned attack through the mind of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Japanese Fleet – then through the experiences of two schoolgirls. Ellen and Flo are American born but with German and Japanese roots, and their ethnic identities soon expose them to the challenges that war will impose on their friendship.
Overall, I enjoyed the diversity of this anthology. Some stories stand alone, others feature characters and settings from the authors’ WW11 novels. To reduce the complexities and brutality of this devastating war into a short story is to take bite-sized pieces of history and view them from the terrified, ruthless, brave, duplicitous and dispassionate gaze of the various protagonists. This is what the writers have achieved in this anthology, which has been written to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbour. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
With eight stories from different authors set all over the world we meet many characters who all share part of their war experiences with us. Some of my favourites were the American-born Japanese school girl who suddenly finds life has become much more difficult, the larger than life American mechanic working on a contract in rural Ireland, but who is desperate to return home to enlist, the Jewish maid in Berlin, who makes a snap decision that will change her life forever, the loveable rogue in New York and the lonely Comtesse in France, living under German Occupation. However there were more whose stories were just as important and I found it was one of those books where snippets of story have remained in my mind after finishing the book. I did find some had too much going on to easily keep track of in a short story, but there were certainly some authors who intrigued me enough to want to find out more about their writing and read more from their characters.
Historical fiction lovers, this is a varied and enjoyable collection that I’m sure you will like as much as I did and is ideal to dip in and out of when time allows.
I was sent a copy of this book by one of the authors.
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