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A Time To Every Purpose by [Andrew, Ian]
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***** A clash of science fiction and alternative history makes A Time To Every Purpose rock along, from the opening scenes of unfurling Swastikas over London to the shattering climax of a world torn asunder. Detailed, grounded in frighteningly believable shades of what might have been, what is and what could still be, this debut novel is not to be missed. ***** "A thriller with heart... Gifted storytelling combines with meticulous scientific and historical research to produce a memorable and profoundly moving story..." (Elaine Fry, The West Australian) ***** "A Time To Every Purpose by Ian Andrew deals with huge concepts, looking at the broad sweep of history... a well-executed alternate history novel with some great action scenes." (John Wyatt, NewsUK) ***** With the exception of some Ken Follett, I have not really read much historical fiction, but this mixes that with science fiction, and both Ken and HG Wells would, I'm sure, be proud had they written this book. (V Magill, UK) ***** Very cleverly crafted, beautifully phrased, technically adept, and this guy really does know how to tell a story. It was very difficult to put down, and I ended up staying up late 5 nights in a row to finish it. (Amazon UK) ***** The reader truly connects with the characters and you find yourself hoping that they will uncover some way out of the terrible circumstances in which they find themselves. Although not part of the main theme, on a deeper level the book also opens up underlying concerns about the rights and wrongs of the use of force by governments, manipulation of media and exertion of control of the population by control of information and employment of violence - all very thought-provoking. This is an excellent first novel by an author with no small degree of promise. (Amazon UK)

About the Author

Ian Andrew grew up in the coastal town of Larne, Northern Ireland. He joined the Royal Air Force at age eighteen and worked initially as an aircraft technician before being commissioned as an Intelligence Officer. After serving for two decades he relocated, with his Australian wife, to the rural South West of Western Australia. Surrounded by a resident mob of kangaroos, he is currently working on the next novel in the Wright & Tran series of detective stories, the first of which, Face Value was released in May 2015.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1796 KB
  • Print Length: 446 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0992464153
  • Publisher: The Book Reality Experience; 1 edition (26 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IOSISHM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #229,022 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First I have to declare an interest - I once worked with the author, so you'd expect me to rave about his book - right? Wrong!
Frankly I thought this wouldn't be my thing, and downloaded the free chapters out of a sense of curiosity more than anything else.

Thing is - I completely forgot about that, was hooked by chapter 2, and downloaded the rest of the book immediately.
And I wasn't disappointed, frankly it just go better.

Like other reviewers, I don't want to get in to spoilers, but this book came as a real surprise. Very cleverly crafted, beautifully phrased, technically adept, and this guy really does know how to tell a story. It was very difficult to put down, and I ended up staying up late 5 nights in a row to finish it.

With the exception of some Ken Follett, I have not really read much historical fiction, but this mixes that with science fiction, and both Ken and HG Wells would, I'm sure, be proud had they written this book.

Don't waste more time reading this review - go and read the book - start with the sample if you like, and remember - it only gets better! I downloaded the Kindle version, and at under 3 pounds - it was great value for a superb read.

I just wish he'd written another!
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In his debut novel Ian Andrew seeds a clever plot with many twists that gradually weave together as the storyline accelerates towards its unexpected conclusion. With credible central characters playing against a background of familiar places which take on new roles in the Nazi future there are occasional insights into what might have been if the Nazi regime had survived to harness technological revolutions. As the science interacts with religious beliefs it will leave you asking yourself 'what if' questions as the story unfolds. It's difficult to go into any specifics without giving away spoilers.

For me the mark of a five-star read is whether you glance at the clock at the end of a chapter, see that it is way past your bedtime, and tell yourself for the tenth time: "just one more chapter". This is one of those reads.
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This is simply one excellent read. I've read a few Harry Turtledove alternate history books, and this is right up there with them. Ian Andrew has poured himself into this work. I had my 'First Novel' doubts floating around in my head as I ventured into the first few pages. Doubts dispelled within the first chapter. It really is a page turner {pardon the pun.}
I don't know how the author will follow this up, he has set the bar very high for himself.
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Ian Andrew shows a mastery of the 'ripping yarn' and a fabulous enthusiasm for historical accuracy in this, his first novel. I read a lot of military history but I would not normally look at fiction; the last fiction I read was 'The Divinci Code'. 'Time' has all of the same strengths as a gripping page-turner based in a creative interpretation of a rich tapestry of historical understanding. This book is accessible to a wide audience; the real Nazi ranks can make the first few pages challenging, but I quickly got used to recognising what was important and what was just part of Andrew's rich and authentic level of detail. Andrews also tries hard to ensure that he does not assume too much knowledge on the part of the reader in everything from ring lasers and Nazi command structures to the Old Testament. His explanation of ring laser gyros is fabulous, but you probably have to read it for yourself to believe me.

I must acknowledge that I am friends with the author. However, I have resisted reading this title for some time as I do not read fiction and particularly alternative histories based on 'what if the Germans had won?' scenarios. This really is a cut above and I am so pleased that I received this for a present which persuaded me to read it. Masterful, I thoroughly recommend it!
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Have to agree with the others reviewing this one, quite simply enthralling. Not my usual read at all, but I was also hooked. The attention to detail was fantastic, the story rattled along with enough pace to keep you reading. I thought the love interest was handled well and was believable. The religious aspect I was unsure about, in the end it underpinned the whole book for me. As a none religious person I didn't expect that. I hope this gets the attention it deserves.
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I bought this book on a recommendation and, if I'm honest, I didn't know what to expect. It is not my normal genre, but perhaps it should be my new one.
This book is fast paced, informative, educational and fantastically enjoyable. The characters are flawed and not always likeable but that just makes them more believable.
It is difficult to review this without spoilers, however the most challenging part for me was finding a place to stop reading before I went to sleep. Fantastic novel that would translate to film magnificently.
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This is a very good book. As other reviewers have said, it’s hard to say much about the story without giving too much away about the plot. Suffice it to say, there is more to this than the standard post-war Britain under National Socialist rule thriller. The characters are well developed and multifaceted – they’re not cartoon Nazi caricatures – and the plot zips along at a good pace sustaining my interest throughout (and sabotaging several attempts at early nights as I kept reading ‘just one more chapter’).

One word of caution for those not versed in (German) military terminology is to read the glossary first, which is tucked away at the end of the book. This is by no means solely a book for the military geek (anyone who enjoys a good thriller should enjoy this), but an understanding of the terminology explained in the glossary will aid your comprehension of what’s going on at times.
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