A Thousand Suns Paperback – Oct 1 2009
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'A rip-roaring thriller'―PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH on A Thousand Suns
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On 29 April 1945 the Allies secretly surrendered unconditionally to Nazi Germany. Four hours later, that surrender was withdrawn.
The world never knew - until now... --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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This book is a fantastic debut Novel for Alex, I myself am a fan of many genre, and in the world of War time exploits one of My favourite authors is Jack Higgins, some one I consider the master of this genre. I would put this book up there with his best, against the likes of Cold Harbour and The Eagle Has landed.
The Story Is a great testament to the courage or the men who fought in those times, alot of people forget or don't know that the Germans had many Brave men who were not Nazis and hated the Nazi ideal, but at the same time were committed to Germany and her people. They fought under the same appalling conditions with a great deal of courage and conviction...there are 2 side to every tale and this Story Shows the courage of the men from both sides and the hard decisions they might have had to make.
The story has a nice pace to the action, flitting between past and present without confusing the reader, and embroils you in web of secrecy that might have surrounded such an event if it had truly happened with its excellent easy to like characters.
Its a shame that this book is clearly a 1 off as I would really have like to meet some of these characters again.
Keep up the good work Alex, and I hope you write another wartime novel soon as you have a great flair for it.
This is the parallel story of a last ditch effort by Germany to win the war in its last weeks interspersed with the contemporary story of the discover of a B-17 bomber sunk in shallow water off the coast of Rhode Island. Except the pilot of the bomber is clearly wearing Luftwaffe clothing!
I found the past story utterly compelling and entertaining. Initially in the background, it comes to the forefront as the book progresses. I found the contemporary story to be interesting, although a skeptical reader may have one or two quibbles about the coverup's credibility.
The characters, particularly the WWII ones, are very well drawn. The plot is a clever idea at its worst point and brilliant at its best. For someone who had mostly written video games before, the author can write with authority and commanding detail about the past. I'm amazed this is a first book for the author. He has immense confidence during most of it.
If you like historical fiction, particularly speculative fiction, this is a great read. I haven't read anything this imaginative about WWII since Philip Kerr's Hitler's Peace. And this is a better book than that in many respects.
- P-51s don't have cannon
- Flaps, not ailerons are set for takeoff
- Navigator's position is forward the cockpit, not aft
- High altitude improves fuel management, not low altitude
- Even with extra fuel tanks, the B-17G could not fly the mission as described, especially against prevailing winds.
As well, it is not believable that such a mission would be genned up at the last minute with so little planning, even in desperation.
Scarrow's characters use anachronistic jargon in the two timelines, as well as his use of English (British) terminology by his American and German characters, can be distracting.
I would think that using someone with aviation and military experience to read over the manuscript would avoid some of these issues. Hopefully, his later works improve in these areas.