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Saville's debut novel makes an energetic leap into alternate histor. .they'll enjoy the wild, running battle against contemporary history's greatest villains. Thomas Gaughan, Booklist. That the author has lived in Africa really shines through in his descriptions of how the air tastes and feels, the flora, even the grit and dirt - the setting comes alive as a character in its own right. The world building is excellent.

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The Afrika Reich book. I am happy to report, Guy Guy Saville's The Afrika Reich was one of the books I simply had to have. The descriptions get really choppy here. First off, I am a fan of alternative history, and second, a book based on a different ending to WW2 must be interesting.

The Afrika Reich is a 2011 alternate history action thriller novel by Guy Saville

The Afrika Reich is a 2011 alternate history action thriller novel by Guy Saville. In this world, the point of divergence occurs when the United Kingdom is defeated by Nazi Germany during the Dunkirk campaign in 1940, forcing Britain to conclude a non-aggression pact with Germany. Due to the influence of an active Colonial Policy Office (KPA), the Nazis carve up a new colonial empire in Africa, extending their racial genocide to Black Africans

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First published in Great Britain in 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton. An Hachette UK company. Not that there was a French Africa any more. Nowadays it was marked red, white and black on the map; a forbidden territory of sand dunes and hearsay.

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Saville Guy. For my own Cole okunene okuhepa Map - Saltmeade Farm, Suffolk, England 28 August 1952, 05:50 HIS father had a special name for it: Hiobsbotschaft Читать онлайн The Afrika Reich. Saville Guy. For my own Cole. For my own Cole okunene okuhepa Map - Saltmeade Farm, Suffolk, England 28 August 1952, 05:50 HIS father had a special name for it: Hiobsbotschaft. From the Old Testament, Job’s news. The type of news you didn’t want to hear. News brought on the wind of shipwrecks. Or by breathless messengers arriving with the dawn. In an instant Burton was awake. Читать онлайн The Afrika Reich.

From Guy Saville, the explosive new thriller of a world that so nearly existed. More than a decade has passed since Britain's humiliation at Dunkirk brought an end to the war and the beginning of an uneasy peace with Hitler.

From Guy Saville, the explosive new thriller of a world that so nearly existed

Africa, 1952. More than a decade has passed since Britain's humiliation at Dunkirk brought an end to the war and the beginning of an uneasy peace with Hitler.

The swastika flies from the Sahara to the Indian Ocean. Britain and a victorious Nazi Germany have divided the continent. The SS has crushed the native populations and forced them into labor. Gleaming autobahns bisect the jungle, jet fighters patrol the skies. For almost a decade an uneasy peace has ensued.

Now, however, the plans of Walter Hochburg, messianic racist and architect of Nazi Africa, threaten Britain's ailing colonies.

Sent to curb his ambitions is Burton Cole: a one-time assassin torn between the woman he loves and settling an old score with Hochburg. If he fails unimaginable horrors will be unleashed on the continent. No one – black or white – will be spared.

But when his mission turns to disaster, Burton must flee for his life.

It is a flight that will take him from the unholy ground of Kongo to SS slave camps to war-torn Angola – and finally a conspiracy that leads to the dark heart of The Afrika Reich itself.


Comments: (7)

in waiting
I really don't understand the 'negative' reviews on this book, as the blurb is pretty clear what it is: a fast-paced, military-espionage thriller set in an alternative post-WWII world. Apparently some people didn't like the non-stop, hit-characters-where-it-hurts action and thought the Nazis little more than stereotypes pulled straight out of Indiana Jones! (Being an archaeologist, I had to laugh aloud at that one!).

That the author has lived in Africa really shines through in his descriptions of how the air tastes and feels, the flora, even the grit and dirt - the setting comes alive as a character in its own right.

The world building is excellent. I loved the exploration of colonialism and the 'what would have happened if Germany became a great colonial power' in this book. Some of this is drawn from historical documents and extrapolations of what might have come to be if Germany had dominated the world after WWII; others are natural evolutions of this from the author's imagination. There weren't really a lot of intrusive info dumps to build the world, which I found very satisfying. I HATE Robert Jordan-type, bloated info dumps and self-indulgent description.

Characters & characterisation: as this is a series, I wasn't expecting a huge arc for the main character. I was very satisfied with the slow unveiling of Burton Cole and his past. Some of this is done as flashbacks, which I did find clunky at first, but then these became less obtrusive as the book went on. The characters' motivations are clear and believable and I WILL be reading the next book as I like Burton and find the antagonist, Hochberg, fascinating. There is a minor romance plot which leaves you wanting more.

The book is written from multiple POVs, with Cole the main carrier of the bulk of the chapters. It works really well, but then that's what you expect from this genre.

Plot: Fast, page turning, with cliff hangers at the end of many chapters. Lots of get-out-by-the-skin-of-your-teeth and hurt-me-bad action, and a few big, satisfying explosions.

What I didn't like: the rationale for then entire mission was weak. I won't give it away, but Guy Saville could have beefed this up a lot more and done a darnside more foreshadowing. This was a let down... the ending certainly wasn't.
Efmprof
Alternative history is a fascinating genre. I remember years ago reading my first Turtledove, where Nazis went back in time and gave machine guns to the Confederates. As someone who never reads fantasy or sci-fi I have been a little recalcitrant to dive into the genre, but I’d heard good things about Guy Saville’s projected AFRIKA REICH project (I say projected because book three is not out yet). The first book, THE AFRIKA REICH, was published in 2013 and lays out a scenario where the British do not recover form Dunkirk and so they begin an uneasy peace with Germany. The USA never enters the fight in this world, following the isolationist fervor started in the 1930s. The African countries then are all in disarray, with Germany taking the lion’s share, with Portugal and Great Britain taking smaller parcels. The Germans have built autobahns through the country while (no surprise) committing genocide on the native Africans and stripping the country of natural resources to send back to the motherland. Jump ahead to 1952, when British mercenary Burton Cole is brought back by mysterious forces to assassinate a German officer in the German Congo, an officer Cole feels was responsible for the destruction of his family when he was a boy in the 1930s. From this jump the book is a rollicking Indiana Jones-type exploit, leading across Africa, with adventure sharing the page with racial divisions, nationalism, political intrigue, diamonds and a German interstate crisscrossing the continent. Saville has done his homework and his re-imagining of an America-less WWII is as creative as it is ferocious. The preciseness of the Axis powers continues to show where evil and paperwork merge into a truly new world order.
Vareyma
I have to say, I am honestly baffled by the range of positive reviews for this book. I read about this in the 2011 Economist best books of the year, then waited for a year and half for it to come out on Kindle. I was expecting a clever, thought-provoking alternate history.

Instead, it's just essentially an action movie script set incidentally in an Africa that's been colonized by the Germans after an alternate WWII outcome. I felt like I was reading the Expendables 3. The political and historical intrigue don't even take a back seat to the cliched action sequences here, they were left behind at a rest stop. You get maybe three or four pages of exposition in the whole book explaining how things turned out differently, and you get several hundred of bullets, explosions and last-minute escapes.

Just for kicks, let me try to count off here the eye-rolling action movie cliches Saville employs here:

- cartoon Nazis. These are almost uncountable. It's not even important that they're Nazis, they could just as well be imperial storm troopers on the Death Star, the Legion of Doom, or extras from the Indiana Jones franchise. I kept expecting one of them to say, "Not so quick, Mr. Jones!" But that didn't happen because there's no one named Jones in this book. The author even goes so far as to have one of them build an Aryan flesh-infused road. Hey, I don't like that, it's evil! It's super easy for the author and the reader, because you don't have to worry about any of the bad guys having even the slightest depth of character, but it's a missed opportunity for nuance in a novel.

- it's a good thing there's tons of faceless Nazis, because most of them are the anonymous "guards" who get picked off by the heroes in any number of narrow escapes. They all die immediately. But of course, when a good guy dies, there's just enough breath left for some thoughtful last words.

- the Nazis are also, naturally, terrible shots. Probably 10,000 bullets miss our heroes here. (The protagonists, of course, can take out pilots sitting in the cockpit of a helicopter hovering hundreds of feet in the air.) Actually, that's not entirely accurate. A few hit them. But luck of luck! It's just a flesh wound. Carry on!

- on that note, as noted by another reviewer, practically every chapter ends with a skin-of-the-teeth escape. Ha! You thought he was going to get shot, but no!, he's saved by his friend who escaped just as the bad guy was going to pull the trigger. By the 10th or 11th time this happens, it gets a little tired. No actually, it was tired by the 2nd time.

- the heroes never get tired. Yes, despite the fact they are shot, wounded, tortured, hacked at, on the run through the jungle for countless days, and on top of that, old, they're always ready for the next scene of hand-to-hand combat. Yes, this is a staple of every action movie, but of a historical novel?
- escape in a sewer? Yep, we got that one too.

- chased across rooftops? Couldn't leave that out. Guess what? They survive only with an improbable leap. Didn't see that one coming.

- monologue by the chief antagonist at the end, explaining the whole nasty plot? Here, you get a bonus, there's two!

- and yeah, the whole thing is "one last job" so the hero can go back and live in peace with his beautiful, peaceful, much younger lover

Oh yeah, and it's of course the white guys that Africans needs to save them. The few black characters are of the noble savage type. Just in case you were worried you'd have to do *any* thinking during the book.

I guess this will make a decent Jerry Bruckheimer movie some day (or maybe Quentin Tarantino) but as a historical novel, it was a huge missed opportunity.
The Afrika Reich: A Novel download epub
Action & Adventure
Author: Guy Saville
ISBN: 0805095934
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Action & Adventure
Language: English
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; First Edition edition (February 12, 2013)
Pages: 400 pages