Saturday, March 9, 2013
The Afrika Reich, by Guy Saville
The Afrika Reich by Guy Saville is an action-filled alternative history thriller. The premise of a world where Hitler defeated the British at Dunkirk and divided up Africa between the Nazi’s and the British is very intriguing and not terribly difficult to imagine.
This book is filled with a lot of action. Fast-paced, bloody, gory, no-holds-barred action. Sort of like Indiana Jones meets Rambo and it’s all directed by Quentin Tarantino. The descriptions of violence are uncompromising. There is an interesting plot of revenge and retribution on multiple levels. The character development is thin and emotions consist mostly of rage and regret. Double-crosses and secret plans that stretch across Africa and reach all the way back to Berlin and London keep the story interesting as the action moves across the continent leaving a trail of bodies and destruction behind.
The action scenes are very well-written, if extremely graphic. The heroes can take an incredible amount of abuse and still keep ticking. The scenery and in fact the whole alternate world are vividly and cinematically described.
If you like non-stop action and vivid descriptions of battle, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. More character depth and slightly more credulous actions may have taken this story to the next level, but all in all a fun and exciting read.
I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this book.