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Europe at Dawn

(The Fractured Europe Sequence #4)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  459 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Alice works at the Scottish Embassy in Tallinn in Estonia as a member of the Cultural Section. When two men bring her the jewelled skull of a Scottish saint her world gets turned on its head, and she becomes the latest recruit to Les Coureurs des Bois.

On a Greek island Benno is just one of hundreds of refuges dreaming of a new life in Continental Europe. After hatching an
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Published November 1st 2018 by Solaris
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Richard Derus
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindled-no-lend
Real Rating: 4.5* of five

Old friends make reappearances...old problems need solutions again, the only ones at hand are the ones that didn't work faces wear old clothes and frighten us out of our sleep because the monsters under the bed never left.

An island in the Aegean Sea, the Scottish Embassy in Tallinn, a folk duo of no discernible talent but a huge reputation, and a pair of refugee teenagers tear through the pages trailing clouds of story as Author Hutchinson makes his last sch
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This fourth book in the Fractured Europe Sequence defintely needs the prior three to follow it with any kind of authority, but I can honestly say that if you're a fan of modern spycraft, SFnal post-bioweapon-devastation, high-tech, and old-world stories, then these books are right up your alley.

Yes, Rudi is back and it's a treat, his world-weariness, food smarts, and ex-courier status showing up one last time, but this book is not all about him.

It's about the milieu, modern Europe, and the deepl
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
But but but but but but but we can’t leave it there, surely?

Although someone should give Rudi a hug and a decent cup of tea.

Full review to follow

Maybe once I reread the whole series back to back.

I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

David Harris
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance e-copy of Europe at Dawn.

This fourth, and final, book in Hutchinson's Fractured Europe sequence is well up to the standard of the previous parts. Again, we're in a near future world where the population has been ravaged by the Xian Flu, Europe is divided (and dividing) into increasingly many fragments and life is complicated by the existence of the Community, an extra dimensional pocket universe where it always 1950s England. ("A place where tricky co
Ian Mond
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Is Dave Hutchinson’s Fractured Europe sequence the best science fiction series of the last decade? I wouldn’t know, I generally avoid multi-book series (well, unless they’re written by Rachel Cusk or Ali Smith). But fuck it, I’m gonna call it. Fractured Europe is the most intelligent, entertaining, politically relevant sequence of books in the last ten or twenty years.*

I’m not going to bother too much with plot details, suffice it to say that Europe At Dawn sees the return of Rudi, involves the
K.V. Johansen
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent conclusion to the series. I loved the whole sequence but this and Midnight are my favourites. The way everything is gathered up and threads from earlier that you thought were over reappeared, altered in unanticipated ways, is really impressive. Masterful storytelling, masterful writing.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very good conclusion to the Fractured Europe series. I rate this series very highly! Each book has been thoroughly entertaining. If I had more time, I would re-read them all in one long sequence.

Full review to follow...
Alex Sarll
Yes, of course reading the end of Fractured Europe this week is an act of bibliomancy. "Obviously, the world and everything in it had been stupid since the dawn of time. It was just that, every now and again, there seemed to be a surge in stupid and there was nothing anyone could do about it except try to hang on and hope things would get better soon."

As when the second book in the series began without apparent reference to the first, so here we meet a new cast of characters – an English grandfa
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He thinks it’s done. It’s not done.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, science-fiction
Writing a fiction series undoubtedly is far more problematic than reading a series; however, there are also some problems lurking for the reader. First off, I loved the first three novels in Dave Hutchinson’s Fractured Europe Sequence (all three briefly reviewed here on Goodreads). When I read that Europe at Dawn was to conclude the series I was momentarily disappointed but I sympathize that a writer can have many reasons to wrap things up and move on to other projects. I noted in my review of E ...more
Peter Bradley
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please give my Amazon review a helpful vote -

I've been a faithful reader of this "sequence" and my feelings are ambivalent. The "Fractured Europe Sequence" is not really a series. It actually is a single book published in parts over the course of years. The nature of the reading experience made following the storyline difficult. In addition, this story is basically a spy story where everything is nuanced and shadowy.

Before I get into review proper, let me
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
In the first book of this quartet, Europe in Autumn, Hutchinson creates a fascinating and plausible near future Europe which contains interesting characters and some intriguingly fantastic elements. In the second book, Europe at Midnight, he moves these along and expands the possibilities. But in the last two he stalls out, wandering around in a world he has already fleshed out. The meandering path he creates is interesting but it does not seem to be going anywhere.
That being said, he writes in
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really satisfying conclusion. I'm going to miss Rudi. ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
God I love this book and this series of books. I'm sad it's over. This is perhaps the funniest of the series. Hutchinson has a great line in humour. ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great way to conclude one of the most incisive SF series this decade with a Lot to day about the U.K. and the rest of Europe. I still want more though

Full review -
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book which it is worth thinking about for a while before making a final judgement. The fact that I finished it just as Britain's politicians descended into an orgy of peronal posturing while failing to address the fundamental issue of how to manage Britain's departure from the EU helped enormously with my appreciation of it.

It is difficult to describe the plot, which consists of a series of short, tenuously connected episodes which take place across Hutchinson's fractured Europe. It is
Jack Deighton
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a pleasing enough conclusion to Hutchinson’s Fractured Europe sequence. We meet once again old friends Rudi and Rupert. Some loose ends are tied up. As usual Hutchinon’s prose goes down smoothly even if it contains the occasional barb such as, “Friends. Always there when they need you.” We make new acquaintances like Alice, a minor diplomat in the Scottish Embassy in Tallinn, to whom is brought the supposed head of St Magnus martyr, Kirkwall, which embroils her in various machinations in ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the final instalment, apparently, of the 'Fractured Europe' series. As we are currently steeply mired in all sorts of Brexit related chaos, the ideas within the book have a certain degree of currency. It works as a stand alone book, but those unfamiliar with the previous volumes might have trouble following it. I find it hard to conceive of what I would make of the book if I hadn't read the first three volumes.

The book is well written, much along the lines of a clever whodunnit, but I di
The final (?) novel in Dave Hutchinson's Fractured Europe series is another cracking mix of thriller and espionage set in an alternative future Europe.

The novel opens with a short little chapter about a couple who buy a narrowboat, do it up and occasionally transport people to certain locations. It's another short character study, the kind that Hutchinson favoured to excess in Europe in Winter. The rest of the first half of the book is devoted to two people - the migrant Benno, trapped on a barr
Pat Patterson
This is a condensed version of my review of this book at Papa Pat Rambles.

I began reading “Europe at Dawn” with delight. GREAT characters, GREAT telling of the story (as far as it went), and I was ENGAGED, and delighted to be reading something that wasn't utterly repulsive. The stories for each character caught my attention, and kept it, until the scene changed, and the story took up again with a different character.

What's the relationship between these characters? I'd better take some notes. S
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: malewriter, spy, europe, sf
Obviously, the world and everything in it had been stupid since the dawn of time. It was just that, every now and again, there seemed to be a surge in stupid and there was nothing anyone could do about it except hang on and hope things would get better soon. [loc. 7179]

I really should have reread the first three volumes ( Europe in Autumn , Europe at Midnight and Europe in Winter ): but I found that somehow the first two had vanished from my Kindle and my content, and I foolishly decide
Paul Trembling
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I do like a story that finishes neatly with all the loose ends tied up - as long as it's also done in a manner consistent with the rest of the narrative. With Europe at Dawn, that's a big ask. It's the final volume of a four-book sequence that has strewn loose ends around with some enthusiasm. Characters have appeared, disappeared and sometimes reappeared, probably with a different name and occasionally after they've been dead for twenty years. Plot lines have been created, followed, then appare ...more
Peter Hollo
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As near to perfect as it could hope to be.
Hutchinson's writing is just a joy at every turn. The little short stories that pop up here and there in the novel(s) show some event or other, and then never appear again... The infodumps that rarely feel like infodumps. The engaging, sympathetic characterisation of minor characters.
This book fixes some of the, er, diversity issues of the previous ones, which had a few too many 'orrible wives in the background of a few protagonists' lives. Not that ther
I enjoyed this whole series, though by this fourth book, the number of characters (and their aliases and affiliations) and had grown so expansive that I did find myself floundering every now and then. I also realized that I really wanted to spend most of my time with the two ostensibly "main" characters (Rudi and Rupert), and I felt a little thrill each time one or the other of them appeared on the scene again - but that didn't happen as often as I would have liked. There was a lot of depth to t ...more
Geoff Clarke
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
An end(?) to the Fractured Europe books that attempts to answer every question. I'm not sure it is wholly successful in this, and I think the series would have been stronger with ambiguity, as the (probable) reverse engineering strains the narrative.

Hutchinson's style rewards close reading and some mental flexibility. The order is thematic, rather than chronological. Other authors would date everything, but Hutchinson would rather have you figure it out, or not know.

What remains powerful throug
Erik Wirfs-Brock
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall this series is excellent, but I felt this last installment felt a little superfluous- still lovely writing, but most of the book was taken up with introducing new characters whose adventures were way too similar to what ocurred in previous books (people having theirs lives being disrupted and becoming spies, spies having their lives disrupted by being shot at by mysterious people, wry observations of a decaying Europe). The series customary end of book infodump mainly served to explain t ...more
Adam Bender
I feel a little mixed on this one. On the one hand, I remain terribly impressed with Hutchinson's world building. This near-future Europe is very believable, and the addition of a pocket universe appeals to my love for good sci-fi.

However, I did not read these books one after the other, and the sheer number of characters and locations complicates things quickly. Many times in Book 4, I found myself scratching my head, trying to remember who a certain character was who now seemed quite critical t
Jonas Salonen
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
The last part of the Fractured Europe Sequence.

The recurring theme for me in this series has been that I can't completely follow whats going on. But happily this book was much easier for me than the two previous ones. Probably because many things get explanations in this one. This doesn't mean that this book overly explains things but at least many things get clearer.

The twists and turns of the series were really interesting and the world created by Hutchinson is really good. I must admit I lik
I have mixed feelings about this specific book and the whole series. I read the whole series in a couple of months and i am not a fast reader, so one thing it surely is is engaging. The writing style is flowing nicely and there is a good balance between exposition and events - the writer is a good storyteller, the chapters that work best are the ones where he takes a totally unrelated setting and he develops it into one of the many pieces of the puzzle we will have forgotten about by the time th ...more
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I stated this series on July 3 of this month because book 1 had finally been published in the US. Also in reading it in the middle of a pandemic. We know our lives and the world has changed but are too close to see just how far. With that subtext, I was never really able to lose myself in these stories, but they helped add perspective to my real life.
Rudi, Rupert, Gwen, Benno, Alice, the food, the locations (now I must visit Estonia and Poland) the lies, the surprises and reveals, the reappeara
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UK writer who published four volumes of stories by the age of twenty-one – Thumbprints, which is mostly fantasy, Fools' Gold, Torn Air and The Paradise Equation, all as David Hutchinson – and then moved into journalism. The deftness and quiet humaneness of his work was better than precocious, though the deracinatedness of the worlds depicted in the later stories may have derived in part from the a ...more

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