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Watch on the Rhine: Die Wacht am Rhein (Legacy of the Aldenata Book 7) Kindle Edition
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i think that both writers have handled this problem well with having charecters that are the stero typical nazi, the professional soldier and the soldier looking for redemption.
but lets be honest, most people read books for enjoyment and this is a good read, it keeps you entertained and you don't have to force yourself to turn the page. all in all i've enjoyed all of john ringos books sofar and if your a fan of militery sci-fi then this series is a must, and yeah i know i can't spell
If you have read Turtledoves books about aliens invading during world war two and enjoyed that then this will blow you away! I always thought Turtledoves book lacked grit and action. Watch on the Rhine is very dark, real and has great brutal battle scenes all the way through.
The story is that viscious aliens who see humans only as cattle and simply a food source want to take over the Earth. The first attack is beaten off (in earlier books) at great loss and cost, but a second one is on its way with 10 times the number so humanity race to build their defences and their forces but thy are undermined sadly by corrupt politicians and people not wanting to believe.
However, the Chancellor of Germany does believe and builds Germany's defences. With advanced alien technology old and retired soldiers with valuable experiences and skills are rejuevenated making them young and healthy again. This happens to ex regular Wehrmacht soldiers first and then as a last resort and with huge opposition, former members of the Waffen SS who train new recruits to their own standards and more importantly perhaps bring an arrogant pride in their units which builds confidence.
Despite the huge opposition from the left, riots and sabotage the new SS take the field and hold against the vast Alien hordes that sweep others away inflicting huge losses and succeed building their forces. The 10th SS Corps becomes an Army with many international units like the original SS, but interestingly includes a Jewish Brigade, the Judeas Maccabeaus.Read more ›
Not all the 'good guys' get to make it to the end of the book and the ones that do are shaken up by what they have to do. The Posleen get a bit more background explanation and some of the human acts horrify them. The Indowy solution to continuing the fight is a fantastic bit of logical thinking, brilliant.
It is fiction though. The SS were not such brilliant troops in real life, trained to follow orders certainly but there are times when a bit of free thinking on the battlefield is the best solution to the problem. Would the Germans call new tanks Tigers? I doubt it probably another big cat name. The design of the tanks are ludicrous, so this is fantasy sci-fi but certainly fun to read. And I really felt for all of the characters, along their individual journeys.
Very glad I bought and read this book.
I was at first fearful that perhaps resurrecting the dreaded SS was risky and wrong. The way the book portrays them however is very balanced and fair.
Yes there are one or two nasty nazis amongst them, participants of the baba yah massacre and the infamous camp guards, but it is balanced by an idea of never really considered before. That like many other veterans of elite units, some soldiers wanted to serve in the most elite cadre available, I remember some 101st airborne vets saying that of they were going into battle they wanted the best fighting alongside them.
I think the book realistically illustrates the political agony of the decision to bring back this unit to fight the alien horde. It is quite ironic that a force which once spearheaded the conquest of Europe is now in the vanguard of protecting it against the worst threat man has known.
It is a very well balanced book which does things tastefully and deosnt seek to glorify past actions of the SS, but neither does it shy away from the truth...in the darkest times, darker men are needed to see the job through.
My favourite book of the series so far, refreshing to see a European perspective of the alien invasion, well done to the authors, how's about a story of little England ls struggle next?
Under the circumstances it's something of a relief that in this book those being executed are actually soldiers who have run away while on active duty. The SS veterans do murder some elected politicians that oppose them, but, as usual in Tom Kratman books, these people, being well to the left of Bill O'Reilly, are mostly evil and eager to sell out the human race to man-eating aliens. Cowardly, yet brutal the Reds and Greens of the novel are unwilling to fight murderous invaders but eager to kill their own soldiers in riots. Luckily these slinking untermenschen get their come-uppance when the brave boys of the SS beat some of them to death in broad daylight and the rest either run away or sign up.Read more ›
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Not the best work from either writer, but it's a good read all the same.
The posleen are coming and while the "great" Americans are holding there own the splintered... Read more
A good well written book. Enjoyed it, I like the fact that Ringo seems happy to kill of the characters.Published 5 months ago by Richard Andrews
The story tells the tell of struggle and conflict in germany when the Polseen land in Europe and the loves and lose of the serving military menPublished on 2 Jan. 2011 by Tarl Gillings