I'm not sure how this book made it into my father's collection of sci-fi novels. It isn't really science fiction, I guess it was trying for the sub-geI'm not sure how this book made it into my father's collection of sci-fi novels. It isn't really science fiction, I guess it was trying for the sub-genre of alternative history, but it really reads the longer you go as a neo-nazi's wet dream of a fourth Reich.
I'm not sure what purpose this book serves. I tried to find out more about the author or the book and it seems to be unmentioned online though the name Richard Rose isn't unique, perhaps it is a pen name. Usually authors write more books, but in this case perhaps there really wasn't a market for the future tales of Hitler's secret son and the next Reich. That seems to be the purpose of this book as best I can guess, the first in a series that never caught on for obvious reasons.
There isn't really any science as the book was published in the 80s and basically ends in the 80s, starting of course during the closing days of World War 2. It doesn't make the argument for another National Socialist revival very well, but it becomes all too obvious that is going to happen, it is just a matter of when in the novel. Like I said most things seem unfinished in the book, with likely the intention of sequels that will never come...
It is books like this I feel cheated by, I could have spent my time better... This is so often the case in life but it doubly bothers me with books as I know there are better books I could have read instead of this one. The premise of what if Hitler had a son who survived the war isn't horrible for a work of science fiction or alternative history, but the ideas and the telling could have been a lot more original and imaginative. I can't recommend this book to anyone really....more
It's alright too similar to other books about moon colonies though. Suppose it depends which you read first. The language (loonie?) was confusing at fIt's alright too similar to other books about moon colonies though. Suppose it depends which you read first. The language (loonie?) was confusing at first, never caught on like NatSat in "A Clockwork Orange" even with the mix of Russian which I couldn't make much sense of while reading the book.
The grammar and the spelling of the Loonie language also take some getting used to. It is a pretty fast paced novel though it has some discussions of politics, mildly amusing view of Kentucky too....more
I read this last night in basically two sittings. My sleep cycle has gotten all screwed up. It is a thinking person's Sci-Fi novel, a lot of like a deI read this last night in basically two sittings. My sleep cycle has gotten all screwed up. It is a thinking person's Sci-Fi novel, a lot of like a detective novel really. Lots of internal monologue. Of course written in the 40's they thought the passage of 500 years would still have people driving cars and what not, but the central idea is philosophical not technological so it still works, but it goes against human nature a bit, not very Nietzschian.
This came form the piles of old sci-fi books my dad had. I was working my way through some of them earlier in the year, but took a break until I decided to read one late last night....more