Watch on the Rhine (Posleen War: Sidestories #1)
What's both unfortunate and insane about Watch On The Rhine is that that single question above asks more more about the Waffen SS than the entire novel manages to do.
There's a small scene in Watch On The Rhine that I found summed up the novel's problems in unintentional fashion: A minor character asks his German friend why the Germans killed Jews during World War Two. The answer? 'We don't know'. It's emblematic of Watch O ...more
However, all of this is ruined by two things:
1) The author's political views are very much on board here. Liberals, greens, pacifists, etc are depi ...more
La historia a partir de ahí es previsible porque se tiene que adaptar a la cronología que le impone la s ...more
Closed minded folks will not be able to tolerate his views on several subjects, tho.
Persons like myself that love the militar history of the Second world War knows that the SS were in their majority Waffe-SS, fighters as the Werhmacht. Only a small part controled the Prisons a ...more
Starred Review. An axiom of military science is that an army reflects the society it protects, but what happens when that society is confronted with a crisis its dominant ideology can't solve? In this provocative addition to the Posleen War series, a galactic civilization genetically predisposed toward pacifism offers humanity advanced technology so that we can defend ourselves (and them) from the only other sentient species capable of violence—think "Mongol horde in spac
I was originally reluctant to read this book, as it sounded like it would be a bit darker than I tend to like in sci-fi - even military sci-fi. However, I was delighted to find that this was not only well-written, but a truly terrific story. How far would a people go to make sure they would and could survive against a superior force with little time to prepare? Would they resurrect the Waffen ...more
It was supposed to be disturbing. The point was to shake the view that all members of the Waffen SS were identical monsters. The point was - in the same way that The Killer Angels made the point - that on both sides of any conflict are human beings that under other circumstances could be brothers in arms.
It was also about redemption and forgiveness. How people who have shown weakness, complicity, or selective blindness in the fa ...more
This book is by my count the 7th of the Posleen War series. None of the characters we have seen in previous books are in this book. This book details the Posleen War in Europe.
This book stand alone better than Calley’s War which I reviewed here. The lack of previous characters helped the stand alone feature. The authors provided sufficient back story to pick up and go. I found this book more depressing than the previous books. Since I haven’t re ...more
I really liked Brasche, Muhlenkampf and Schultz. Indowy Rinteel was a nice contrast to the other characters. I was quite happy to see the one government of ...more
It asks a question that isn't asked enough in science fiction: how far would you go to survive under the worst possible conditions and, under such circumstances, who would be s ...more
More of an exploration of human nature than the main books in the cycle. It even delves into the psychological makeup of the Posleen and other alien species.
Interesting and worth reading but somehow uninvolving.
In 1999 he wrote and published his first novel "A Hymn Before Battle", which proved successful. ...more