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Excellent Time travel / naval warfare novel
on 7 July 2015
This book shows only too well the problems that arise if we get too hung up on labels. It is very difficult to categorise this books as it could very easily fit into a number of categories:
a) Naval Warfare – a lot of the book is the story of a series of naval battles
b) Sci-fi (Time travel) – the modern day Russian warship Kirov is sent on a series of time travel jumps initially back to 1941 and then forward again but to where we don’t know
c) Sci-fi (alternative history) – the presence of the Kirov does present an alternative to the established historical timeline. This is the weakest category as the alternate history is only brought about by the time travel of the Kirov
Whatever category you put this in however what you get is an excellent novel that moves along at a good pace and presents the reader with a number of different plot lines:
a) What position should the Kirov (once in 1941 the most powerful naval vessel on the planet
b) There is the tension and conflict between Admiral Volsky and Captain Karpov epitomises the conflict of ideas that result from being sent back in time – do they use the power and if so to what end or do they try and have a minimal impact on this timeline
c) The ensuing naval battle between modern weaponry and 1941 warships/ planes is well written and believable
After reading the novel I was left with the fact that it reminded me of one film and one TV series. In the file The Final Countdown the USS Nimitz is sent back in time to the day before the Pearl Harbour attack and has to overcome similar conflicts and situations. The ending reminded me of the TV series The Time Tunnel were the protagonists are sent on a series of time jumps never quite knowing where and when they would end up.
I will certainly be giving more the series a read.