The Midnight Front
Unsure who will kill him first—his allies, his enemies, or the demons he has to use to wield magick—Cade fights his way through ...more
The Midnight Front is the first installment in David Mack’s Dark Arts series, and without a doubt, the author has done an exceptional job coupling a cool concept with gritty, realistic World War 2 action. For those who find alternate history stories filled with magic their cup of tea, this is an adrenaline filled affair that is well worth their reading time.
In 1939, a young man named Cade Martin finds his whole life ripped from him when a sea monster kills his ...more
The year is 1939, and aboard a ship bound for North America on the eve of World War Two, a young Oxford student named Cade Martin watches in horror as a sea monster drags his parents to their watery grave right before his eyes. Alone and stranded at sea, Cade is eventually rescued by a mysterious cabal of sorcerers led by a charming old Scotsman named Adair MacRae. With the Soviets on the Eastern Front and England on the W ...more
Sadly, though Mack's worldbuilding was well-done, this novel wasn't as captivating as the Tregillis or Kenyon books. There is definitely room for improvement in the ...more
First Chapter, I was ok this is it, mood setting, rather dark and you can feel the panic people must have felt when Nazi Germany attacked ...more
Here's my (spoiler free) tweetstorm about it: https://twitter.com/AstralColt/status...
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*Genre* Historical Fiction
The Midnight Front is the first installment in author David Mack's Dark Arts series. Like the series name, this story is very dark. It takes place during World War II (1939 thru 1945) when the entire world was at war or holding its breath to see who would be victorious. The story encapsulates the Nazi death camps, the Allied landing at Normandy, the German invasion of Russia, the Allied bombing of Dresden, as well as the American ...more
I like the idea of WW2 fought with magic. But The Midnight Front tried to cram in too much. I think this book would have made a better series. There were a ton of characters, and they were all paper-thin. Even the main protagonists and antagonist. A series specifically about these characters would develop the character's motivations more. If they were likeable, I would have been more interested in the story.
There were several big set- ...more
I really loved the beginning of The Midnight Front.
The magic system is so intense, and the intricacies David Mack describes are fascinating. You know every step of what it takes to become a karcist and even though there's a *strong* Chosen One vibe, it's very interesting and I lived for the casting scenes.
However, in order to have an intricate world like this and not lose the reader in the folds, the pacing is very, very slow. Painfully slow. It's something I'm willing to forgive for books t ...more
Mack does a good job of unveiling his Dark Arts universe as the story unfolds. Where most writers would probably spend more time at the top of the book delivering a lot of exposition and world-building, Mack lets the reader find their footing along th ...more
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'Midnight Front' is a book with excellent worldbuilding. Its setting is the Second World War, and, it describes the situations and circumstances with a ...more
Here, he posits a world with a limited number of mages and has, of course, opposing forces in conflict. Then he set it against World War II where things got bloody really fast and the stakes were already high. He takes them further.
Adair has rescued Cade Martin who kne ...more
I met David Mack at the Creatures, Crimes, and Creativity Con and was fascinated by his description of The Midnight Front. I talked about it so much my friend Jenny bought me a copy to cheer me up and it was one of the best gifts I've received.
Mack weaves in deeply faceted characters with a fast-paced adventure that is well above most fantasy or adventure novels. The key to...more
What did not thrill me was the overly modern dialogue between characters -- that dropped me right out of 1938-45 and right into 2018. I thought also that the start of the novel was too quickly begun and ended. Yet, this is what motivates our hero's initial ...more
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I am a pretty easy grader. If I enjoy something, if I can lose myself in it for the period I'm reading it, if it induces me to think about the setting or characters, then I am a soft touch for a "five-star" rating.
This book met those criteria. It was a page-turner that took us from setting up through conflicts to resolution and planted the seeds of a second story without leaving us hanging.
The storyline introdu ...more
It was easy for me to get into. In a lot of fantasies, the world is made up and it takes a long time to explain the world to the reader. This book takes place during World War II, a time which many people learn about in school and already know about to some degree. It took place along with all the events of the war, not changing anything. It explains things differently than history explains them.
The main character is Cade. At ...more
But, as soon as the novel hit fortress Europe I was sold. Especially when we follow Stephan and Niko into their respective operations behind enemy lines. Mack has a talent for weaving historical events with the Dark Arts, and he also brought forth a numbe ...more
Stop reading, gonna be spoilers.
Ok, the basic plot was good. The concept is pretty cool, but the way it was written was less than.
It got tedious with every mention of when the characters were smoking dramatically and gave the whole thing the feel of a bad graphic novel. The military training portion felt forced and like a bad homage to band of brothers or something. From that point on the dialogue was forced AF. Did we really need a nickname for every person on the boat? It was like WW2 ...more
Setting: WWII is no longer a common setting for urban fantasy + military fiction. The combination of both elements was refreshing and well done.
Worldbuilding: I don't recall reading anything by David Mack before but I was really impressed by the lev ...more
Beyond novels, Mack's writing credits span several media, including television (for produced episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, and comic books.
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