Things went wrong during WWII: US didn’t intervene in Europe in 1940s to help France and Great Britain and Nazi Germany defeated all its enemies.
Now the Germanic Empire stretches all over Europe, Russia and Middle East in a reign of terror where the Nazi horrors have become part of the everyday life: Jews and other not Aryan persons have been exterminated (almost), “euthanasia” for elderly or incapacitated people is mercilessly adopted.
But this is not enough: a generation later also United States has been defeated by Germany in a terrific nuclear war fought in North American continent with terrible losses for Americans (one third of entire population died during the nuclear attacks and in the following “final solution” undertaken by Nazis) and the US are now under military occupation by Wermacht, the German army.
The entire book takes places in 2009 in Berlin. After almost seventy years of rule under Germanic iron fist, the world is pretty different from the one we know: Berlin is the capital of the evil Germanic Empire, Zeiss is the world-leading manufacturer for electronics, a Fuhrer called Kurt Haldwein (an obvious reference to Kurt Waldhein….) rules the empire.
The Book is on the stream of alternate history like “The Man in the High Castle” and “Fatherland” with many references to real historic events (Berlin and Germany in 2009 resemble Moscow and the USSR in the verge of its crumbling in 1991).
Furthermore, this is a typical “Turtledove-way” Book, with different parallel stories with many characters. Here, all characters are Jews striving to survive hiding their true nature from relentless Nazis.
Well, that’s just a general description of the plot: it may sound interesting but… in the end I didn’t like the book: too boring, simply nothing happens, too much politics, too many cards sessions (cards? yes, bridge to be precise).
In a word: boring!...Continua