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The Afrika Reich (Afrika Reich #1)

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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 crushe
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published February 1st 2011)
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This book has an interesting premise, which unfortunately was not utilized in a good way by the author. I expected a thriller, but it read like the script of a straight-to-video action movie. Action scenes usually followed one after the other but it didn't make the novel a page-turner. I never managed to get into it and read it in many sittings. After two-thirds of the book I even started to skip passages. I just wanted to see if there would be something else than an action scene with a predicta ...more
This is a really excellent thriller based on the premise that the Germans won World War II and then controlled most of Africa. The book is set in 1952 and has an English ex-soldier sent to Africa to kill a high ranking German officer.

Then basically all hell breaks loose for over 400 pages of riveting, non-stop action, with many people dying and lots of explosions. As the blurb on the book says "Fatherland for an action movie age".

While this book is obviously fiction, there are elements of histor
Nov 27, 2012 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dominion by C J Sansom
Mantle Hardback Oct 2012
ISBN : 978-0-230-74416-5
The Afrika Reich - Guy Saville
Hodder (paperback) 2011
ISBN: 978-1-444-71066-3

I must state in advance here that I too have just written a counter factual novel that will come out in March 2013 so my interest in these two books is professional.

Both these novels make the presumption that appeasement triumphed after the disaster of Dunkirk 1940 and both books, rather oddly, are set in 1952, living in a world completely dominated b
Feb 15, 2011 Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Full Review on my blog :-

I’ve always had a fascination for history, an interest my father instilled in me as a kid growing up, at a time when the only history taught in my school was that of the Norman’s and Saxons – I was more of a Great War and Second World War reader – I had no time for the Saxons and my exam results clearly showed that! I would have bitten someone’s hand off to read a book on the Anzacs or the history of The Battle of the Somme – alas
Mar 02, 2011 Heikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guy Saville's The Afrika Reich was one of the books I simply had to have. First off, I am a fan of alternative history, and second, a book based on a different ending to WW2 must be interesting.

There's of course Robert Harris' masterpiece, Fatherland, but there have been less books based on this premise than one would expect. Maybe because the topic is so well known that a book based on such a premise would have to be exceptionally well written to pull off the stunt.

I am happy to report, Guy Sav
The Afrika Reich was something of an interesting experience all things considered. I picked it up because I'm a huge fan of World War II history and, though it would pain my history professor to hear it, I enjoy a good alternate history story that stems from a "What if Germany won or did this" scenario.

Overall, Saville did a bang up job creating an alternate history world for The Third Reich. While it assumes a few political changes in World War II and that Germany had nearly unlimited resources
Mar 05, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book that surprised me. I did not actually expect to like this book. In fact, all I had to go off of was the back cover. I do not like to really read reviews of others before I have read a book as I don't like to be have preconceived thoughts about a book until I have made up my own. So thus the reason that I picked up this book many times and put it back down. I kind of wondered what I was thinking back than that made me want to read this book. I finally gave in to picking up this book ...more
-A medio camino entre ningún sitio y ningún lugar.-

Género. Novela.

Lo que nos cuenta. El antiguo mercenario Burton Cole recibe la visita de un supuesto representante de intereses privados que desea contratarle para eliminar a una persona en África. A pesar de su negativa, cuando descubre que la identidad de la persona es Walter E. Hochburg, figura negra en la vida de Burton y supuestamente muerto aunque actualmente gobernador general del Congo ocupado por los alemanes, la sorprendente información
Mark Landmann
Dec 28, 2012 Mark Landmann marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
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I listened to this audiobook and got a quarter of the way in but feel very liberated to have given up on it. I do worry a bit though that I just don't get the genre... do suspense/thriller books always have completely wooden dialogue in them? They don't have to, do they? I really cringed when the Nazi captures one of the Brits and literally exclaims "Fee! Fi! Fo! Fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman!" That's really when I gave up. But it's kind of a shame, since I love the idea of the imagine ...more
Nov 04, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suprisingly good alternate history book from a debut Novelist.
A good background knowledge of the machinery of the third reich coupled with a fast paced , action packed story results in a book very hard to put down.
Very interesting setting for the story , a well structured alternate history set in a world where Britain signed a peace deal with Hitler and set mainly in the African continent which resulted from this deal.
Took a risk on buying the book and don't regret it one bit .
Looking forward to
Mar 17, 2011 Joshua rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good premise, pretty poor execution. Without spoiling the book, the ending was over the top and one long (all too long) cliche. I am sorry that I ordered this from the UK, and I question the Economist's glowing review for this book. Did the reviewer actually read the same book? Did the reviewer make it past the first 50 pages?
Kelly Koya
Feb 09, 2011 Kelly Koya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not normally a thriller reader, but I thought the book was absolutely brilliant. By the end of it, I couldn't put it down. It was spine chilling and gripping with tension to the point where I felt quite exhausted by the end of it!
Aug 26, 2013 Lefty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I surprisingly really liked this book. I thought it would be a cheap hardcover from the bargain bin, but it was actually really good. Reminded me of Clancy when he was in his prime.
Jay Greco
Feb 27, 2013 Jay Greco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark. Awesome. Extraordinary.
Jan 20, 2013 Pat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While this book is a very exciting thriller, I had several problems with it. For one thing, I went into the book excited by the premise of a book that imagines what would have happened had the Nazis achieved victory in Europe and then moved onto Africa. Unfortunately, Saville does not give a lot of detail about how any of this has happened and instead focusses more on using the Nazis as the ultimate villain to take on his protagonist, Burton. I'm not sure why the Nazis had to be in Africa during ...more
Feb 02, 2013 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guy Saville has created a thriller that is in the genre of alternate worlds. Here, Germany and Britain forged an alliance in 1942(the U.S. never entered the war) and ended up dividing the African continent. Germany exports all Jewish folk to one country and has set about exterminating blacks in their half.

The book is set ten years later in 1952.

Burton Cole is a retired mercenary living on a farm and planning a future with his lady. As soon as she's free of her husband. It took most of what he ha
Pete Jones
Apr 21, 2013 Pete Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, this is a guy’s beach read. It’s like a Lee Child novel involving a protagonist scarred by his past up against an antagonist scarred by his past. It’s obviously fiction, not only because Germany didn’t win WWII, but like Jack Reacher, Burton Cole seems impervious to the damage done to his body throughout the story. A quarter of the way into the book Superman would have been reduced to a bucket of quivering protoplasm after sustaining the same damage to his body as Cole does. Cole keeps getti ...more
The Nazi swastika is flying over much of Africa in this thriller set in 1952 – ten years after England settled WWII peacefully with Hitler. Written by first time novelist Guy Saville, the book runs the gamut of “ifs” including a reimagined Africa – where colonialism is once again the norm and the indigenous population is basically enslaved by the Nazi/SS hierarchy.

Throw in rebels trying to save their country, an Englishman trying to kill his nemesis who is now a Governor of the German-Afrikan te
Lianne Burwell
Sigh. I wanted this to be so much better than it was. Instead we get a bland story about a man recruited to kill a Nazi commander in an alternate history where England and Germany made peace and divided Africa between then. Things go wrong, and it becomes a race to escape the Nazis while running into black rebels. People die until only the expected character is left alive at the end. Characters are drawn with a broad brush, and the plot is as thin as a Fast and Furious movie. In fact, it read mo ...more
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This is an alternate history Nazi scenario unique for its African perspective. After the “Casablanca Conference" in 1943, Germany controls most of Africa while Britain maintains sovereignty in some areas. Burton Cole, a retired major living quietly on his country farm, is visited by someone he perceives to be Rhodesian. This man offers Cole a fortune to go to Africa and assassinate a high ranking Nazi, familiar to and despised by Cole. Thus begins a perilous mission for Cole and his former comma
Samori Augusto
Got bored reading it. Also, visceral reaction to so many uses of the term n----- that rhymes with bigger. Really, I get that the Nazis were racist, but seriously? Also, exactly how much of the plot is stolen from Hemingway's "For Whom The Bell Tolls"? Also for some reason it felt unbelievable after a while, especially after so many people die just like that really quickly, yet the hero, heroine, other hero, and whomever else just kept going magically, and very Indiana Jones-like. Or the movie U- ...more
May 24, 2014 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A potentially great premise - Britain, after heavy defeat at Dunkirk, agrees a peace treaty with Germany, and the two European powers carve up Africa to their mutual benefit.

But the plot of this novel, following a band of mercenaries attempting to kill a Nazi governor general, was too plodding and too far-fetched for my liking. The main protagonist, in the few days covered in The Afrika Reich, survives having his plane shot down, his train blown off the tracks and his boat sunk in the Atlantic.
May 09, 2017 Juan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I bought this book encouraged by the "alternative history" mention, but it is more a thriller and the alternative history thing is only the background where the action takes place. Apart from that is a decent action thriller. The best? the action scenes. The worst? the excess of action scenes. The unbelievable? that the main character survives everything the author makes it happen to him. And this is thought as a trilogy, so expect more of the same to come, because the bad guy and the good guy a ...more
Feb 05, 2017 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its hard not to think of any "what if" world war two fiction with out comparing it to "Fatherland" or "man in the high castle". This well researched novel certainly belongs amongst the latter in its solid story telling.
A bloodthirsty adventure novel, obviously a cross between The Wild Geese and Dark of the Sun, and set in an alternate history in which heroes are ultimately betrayed by more than a reader's expectations.
Jan 16, 2014 Yael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's 1952. More than a decade has passed since the Dunkirk debacle brought an end to Great Britain's war against Nazi Germany, and the beginning of an uneasy truce with Hitler.

In Africa, the swastika flies from the Sahara to the Indian Ocean. State-of-the-art autobahns cross Africa's rain forests and jungles, and the Reich's jet fighters patrol the skies, The horrific presence of the Schutzstaffel -- the dreaded SS -- is evident everywhere.But now the diabolical plans of Walter Hochburg, the arc
Amanda Markham
Aug 25, 2016 Amanda Markham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently some people don't like the non-stop, hit-characters-where-it-hurts action in this book, and thought the Nazis little more than stereotypes pulled straight out of Indiana Jones (being a real life archaeologist, I had to laugh aloud at that one!).

I could not DISAGREE more.

The author has lived in Africa and this 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. It's worth rea
Mike Emett
Dec 03, 2012 Mike Emett rated it it was ok
I won this Advanced Reader's Edition through the giveaway. I am a fan of alternate history so I was piqued with interest over this book and the idea of a Nazi-controlled (most of it) Africa. The alternate-history portion of the plot was my favorite for this book; though some of it.... a bit too fantasy to be considered (to me, but I may be wrong). I was entertained by the assassination plot... at first. I am a fan of literary fiction heroes of modern literature such as ones found i ...more
Frances Plino
Apr 21, 2012 Frances Plino rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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For an alternative history novel to succeed the author must not only convince readers that his version of what happened at Dunkirk and its aftermath could happen, he has to convince us that it did happen. Guy Saville managed this admirably.

From the moment Burton Cole, a mercenary with a strong moral sense, sets foot in German Afrika we get a sense of how the continent has been divided, with Britain turning a blind eye to what the Nazis are doing in order to maintain peace and keep what remained
Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is from: The Afrika Reich (Hardcover)
Afrika Reich: Set in an alternative 1952, The British rather than achieving one of their finest hours with the Dunkirk evacuation were captured, forcing Britain into a peace agreement.
New borders were drawn up and as such the Swastika flies like a brooding menace over Africa from the Sahara all the way to the Indian Ocean.

This story centres around one man Burton Cole, the mission he has been given and how it brings him crashing into his troubled p
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Guy Saville is the author of The Afrika Reich, an international bestseller. Born in 1973, Saville has lived in South America and North Africa, and is currently based in the UK.
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