The Night Children (Escape from Furnace 0.5)
It is December 1944 and Europe is still gripped by war. In the densely forested mountains of Belgium one of the conflict's most brutal battles is raging. Cut off from the front, a ragtag group of young British and American soldiers finds itself being hunted by a patrol of elite German Special Forces, including a newly commissioned officer called Kreuz—a teenage boy who wil...more
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I am at a bit of a loss as to how to review this novella, and at 64 pages I would call this a novella not a short story.
Tor shorts are a great way to get a taste of a writer's style and see if it's flavour matches our desires. Smith did exceptionally well here... I will definitely be checking out his Escape from Furnace series in the future. However, there was more to this one than most.... it felt cohesive and thought-out, not like the slapped together prequel that so many of these 0.5's can b ...more
The Night Children takes place during WWII, long before Lockdown and I was reluctant to read it because I dislike WW-related stories. I picked this up because I was curious about the wheezers and warden Cross.
The story centers corporal Donnie Brixton and his men as they attempt to locate a missing squad. On their search they come across Joan Forbes, a British flight sergeant, who war ...more
It's as well written as everything the author does, there's some good characters, some nice twists, a decent plot and everything else.
However, I just can't see where, or indeed why, it fits into the "Escape From the Furnace" series. It really doesn't give any extra background information about the characters form those books, although it doesn't detracts anything either.
I'm not even sure in whi ...more
The short story is pretty good. I enjoyed the progression that the main character goes through throughout the story. The whole thing is told like a third person journal, written out on a timeline. It gives a sense of just how quickly the world descends into madness for these soldiers and how the most major ...more
This is a really quick, enjoyable, dark series. :0)
This book has been the most emotional trip of my whole life. The way it's written, the details intertwined with it, and just the complete over all story makes you feel as though you lived the experience with the characters. This is one book I suggest reading. Even if you had yet to read the original series of escape from furnace.
Four young American soldiers are searching for other soldiers that have gone missing but what they discover in the forest is beyond creepy! I still get shivers down my spine thinking about it!
This novella was not nearly as good.
It was boring and unrelated to the main story.