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The Afrika Reich: A Novel (Afrika Reich #1)

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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 popul
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 13th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin (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
Feb 18, 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
Apr 20, 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
-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
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
Dec 09, 2012 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mark Landmann
Jan 15, 2013 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
Jan 22, 2014 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
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
Mar 25, 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
Mar 08, 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!
Sep 06, 2013 Dennis rated it really liked it
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.
May 15, 2014 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some books desperately want to exist as other media. Generally that means they want to be movies or (rarely) TV shows. This is the odd book that desperately wants to be a video game.

The idea is lovely, a Nazi Africa astride the world stage menacing all that oppose it. The world building is weak though. To make it happen lots of pages have to be devoted to fictional treaties, and alternate history. Which is fine, it is after all alternate history, but the odd combination of a bunch of existing p
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
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
Mar 11, 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
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
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
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
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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
Jun 02, 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.
Well, what to think? I didn't enjoyed the plot. I thought it was naive and too far stretched to believe. I didn't like the pace of it all either -action-packed full of gun fights, car races, explosions and else, in books like in movies is, to me in any case, just plain boring. The fact that the main characters are your typical badasses, tough ex-legionaries with that Rambo-kind of mentality just add to what I see as an overused caricature of violence; and I never understood why violence depicted ...more
Apr 13, 2015 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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“The Afrika Reich” offers some great alternate history color and background settings. Set in a 1952 post-Nazi victory Africa now dominated by Nazi run colonies and the territories of its Italian and Vichy French allies, sharing the continent with remnants of the British Empire still ruled from London (who surrendered after the disaster at Dunkirk). A first novel, this appears to have been written with an opening to a possible follow-on series.
As might be expected as enough years have passed sinc
This is the first of a two novel series by Guy Saville imagining a world in which Hitler wins the second world war, especially after Britain sues for peace following the disaster of Dunkirk. This novel takes us to Africa, an imagined world where the Germans have colonized much of the continent and racially cleaned the same in the interest of creating an entire new world. There is madness, intriguing imagining of foreign policy, duplicity and some thoughtful back story psychology of the various i ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Jemma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another disappointing counterfactual novel. Taking an unlikely start from Nazi interest in Africa, when Hitler was not into colonies and the Afrika Korps had not yet been formed, this novel builds a coherent but unconvincing narrative. The characterisation is comic book style and they sustain so much punishment, without sleep, that they really must be superhuman.

Nevertheless, the author clearly knows about Africa, has included a couple of strong female characters and devises some plot turns and
Frances Plino
Apr 23, 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
Anthony Malaschak
Feb 17, 2013 Anthony Malaschak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won The Afrika Reich, by Guy Saville, in a Goodreads giveaway. It is an historical novel as the world would have been had Nazi Germany won world war 2. The events of the book take place in Africa in 1952. It is a well written, researched book.
It is a work of fiction, so a certain license was taken with historical facts and plans, which the author tells you about in the author's notes. I found the novel fascinating and the concept quite engaging. The main characters are well developed and you f
Mike Emett
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
Mar 09, 2013 Tad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Afrika Reich by Guy Saville is an action-filled alternative history thriller. The premise of a world where Hitler defeated the British at Dunkirk and divided up Africa between the Nazi’s and the British is very intriguing and not terribly difficult to imagine.

This book is filled with a lot of action. Fast-paced, bloody, gory, no-holds-barred action. Sort of like Indiana Jones meets Rambo and it’s all directed by Quentin Tarantino. The descriptions of violence are uncompromising. There is an
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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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