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by Guy Saville

eBook Afrika Reich download ISBN: 1444710664
Author: Guy Saville
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Digital original edition (September 1, 2011)
Language: English
Pages: 448
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Rating: 4.4
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Category: Literature
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The Afrika Reich is a 2011 alternate history action thriller novel by Guy Saville

The Afrika Reich is a 2011 alternate history action thriller novel by Guy Saville. In this world, the point of divergence occurs when the United Kingdom is defeated by Nazi Germany during the Dunkirk campaign in 1940, forcing Britain to conclude a non-aggression pact with Germany. Due to the influence of an active Colonial Policy Office (KPA), the Nazis carve up a new colonial empire in Africa, extending their racial genocide to Black Africans

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THE AFRIKA REICH is out now published by Hodder & Stoughton.

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What Guy Saville knows is violence: violence against animals, children, and those seeking change through the . In a crowded field, The Afrika Reich stands out as a rich and unusual thriller, politically sophisticated and hard to forget. The Economist, Books of the Year 2011

What Guy Saville knows is violence: violence against animals, children, and those seeking change through the political process. The Economist, Books of the Year 2011.

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From Guy Saville, the explosive new thriller of a world that so nearly existed. 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 as yet untitled Afrika Three is the final part of Guy Saville's alternative history trilogy set in Nazi Africa. Saville is a master story-teller and reading this second volume in the trilogy of a Nazi-ruled Africa is sure to have the reader say: When will the third book be here? ‘ – Newsmax, USA. The final part of the trilogy is set in 1955-56. Following on from the events of The Madagaskar Plan, full-scale war has broken out in Africa. America has joined the fight, allied with the British, and together they have driven the Germans back to the deserts of the Sahara.

From Guy Saville, the explosive new thriller of a world that so nearly existedAfrica, 1952. Praise for The Afrika Reich. What Guy Saville knows is violence: violence against animals, children, and those seeking change through the political process.

1952. It is more than a decade since humiliation at Dunkirk brought an end to Britain's war and the beginning of an uneasy peace with Hitler.In Africa, the swastika flies from the Sahara to the Indian Ocean. Gleaming autobahns bisect the jungle, jet fighters patrol the skies. The brutal presence of the SS is visible everywhere. Now, however, the demonic plans of Walter Hochburg - architect of Nazi Africa - threaten Britain's ailing colonies.In England, ex-mercenary Burton Cole is offered one last contract. Burton jumps at the chance to settle an old score with Hochburg, despite the protests of the woman he loves. If Burton fails, unimaginable horrors will be unleashed in Africa. No one - black or white - will be spared.But when his mission turns to disaster, Burton is forced to flee for his life. His flight takes him from the unholy killing ground of Kongo to SS slave camps and on to war-torn Angola, finally reaching its thrilling climax in a conspiracy that leads to the dark heart of the Afrika Reich itself.Guy Saville combines meticulous research with edge-of-the seat suspense to produce a superb novel of alternate history.
Comments: (7)
I really don't understand the 'negative' reviews on this book, as the blurb is pretty clear what it is: a fast-paced, military-espionage thriller set in an alternative post-WWII world. Apparently some people didn't like the non-stop, hit-characters-where-it-hurts action and thought the Nazis little more than stereotypes pulled straight out of Indiana Jones! (Being an archaeologist, I had to laugh aloud at that one!).

That the author has lived in Africa really shines through in his descriptions of how the air tastes and feels, the flora, even the grit and dirt - the setting comes alive as a character in its own right.

The world building is excellent. I loved the exploration of colonialism and the 'what would have happened if Germany became a great colonial power' in this book. Some of this is drawn from historical documents and extrapolations of what might have come to be if Germany had dominated the world after WWII; others are natural evolutions of this from the author's imagination. There weren't really a lot of intrusive info dumps to build the world, which I found very satisfying. I HATE Robert Jordan-type, bloated info dumps and self-indulgent description.

Characters & characterisation: as this is a series, I wasn't expecting a huge arc for the main character. I was very satisfied with the slow unveiling of Burton Cole and his past. Some of this is done as flashbacks, which I did find clunky at first, but then these became less obtrusive as the book went on. The characters' motivations are clear and believable and I WILL be reading the next book as I like Burton and find the antagonist, Hochberg, fascinating. There is a minor romance plot which leaves you wanting more.

The book is written from multiple POVs, with Cole the main carrier of the bulk of the chapters. It works really well, but then that's what you expect from this genre.

Plot: Fast, page turning, with cliff hangers at the end of many chapters. Lots of get-out-by-the-skin-of-your-teeth and hurt-me-bad action, and a few big, satisfying explosions.

What I didn't like: the rationale for then entire mission was weak. I won't give it away, but Guy Saville could have beefed this up a lot more and done a darnside more foreshadowing. This was a let down... the ending certainly wasn't.
Alternative history is a fascinating genre. I remember years ago reading my first Turtledove, where Nazis went back in time and gave machine guns to the Confederates. As someone who never reads fantasy or sci-fi I have been a little recalcitrant to dive into the genre, but I’d heard good things about Guy Saville’s projected AFRIKA REICH project (I say projected because book three is not out yet). The first book, THE AFRIKA REICH, was published in 2013 and lays out a scenario where the British do not recover form Dunkirk and so they begin an uneasy peace with Germany. The USA never enters the fight in this world, following the isolationist fervor started in the 1930s. The African countries then are all in disarray, with Germany taking the lion’s share, with Portugal and Great Britain taking smaller parcels. The Germans have built autobahns through the country while (no surprise) committing genocide on the native Africans and stripping the country of natural resources to send back to the motherland. Jump ahead to 1952, when British mercenary Burton Cole is brought back by mysterious forces to assassinate a German officer in the German Congo, an officer Cole feels was responsible for the destruction of his family when he was a boy in the 1930s. From this jump the book is a rollicking Indiana Jones-type exploit, leading across Africa, with adventure sharing the page with racial divisions, nationalism, political intrigue, diamonds and a German interstate crisscrossing the continent. Saville has done his homework and his re-imagining of an America-less WWII is as creative as it is ferocious. The preciseness of the Axis powers continues to show where evil and paperwork merge into a truly new world order.
I have to say, I am honestly baffled by the range of positive reviews for this book. I read about this in the 2011 Economist best books of the year, then waited for a year and half for it to come out on Kindle. I was expecting a clever, thought-provoking alternate history.

Instead, it's just essentially an action movie script set incidentally in an Africa that's been colonized by the Germans after an alternate WWII outcome. I felt like I was reading the Expendables 3. The political and historical intrigue don't even take a back seat to the cliched action sequences here, they were left behind at a rest stop. You get maybe three or four pages of exposition in the whole book explaining how things turned out differently, and you get several hundred of bullets, explosions and last-minute escapes.

Just for kicks, let me try to count off here the eye-rolling action movie cliches Saville employs here:

- cartoon Nazis. These are almost uncountable. It's not even important that they're Nazis, they could just as well be imperial storm troopers on the Death Star, the Legion of Doom, or extras from the Indiana Jones franchise. I kept expecting one of them to say, "Not so quick, Mr. Jones!" But that didn't happen because there's no one named Jones in this book. The author even goes so far as to have one of them build an Aryan flesh-infused road. Hey, I don't like that, it's evil! It's super easy for the author and the reader, because you don't have to worry about any of the bad guys having even the slightest depth of character, but it's a missed opportunity for nuance in a novel.

- it's a good thing there's tons of faceless Nazis, because most of them are the anonymous "guards" who get picked off by the heroes in any number of narrow escapes. They all die immediately. But of course, when a good guy dies, there's just enough breath left for some thoughtful last words.

- the Nazis are also, naturally, terrible shots. Probably 10,000 bullets miss our heroes here. (The protagonists, of course, can take out pilots sitting in the cockpit of a helicopter hovering hundreds of feet in the air.) Actually, that's not entirely accurate. A few hit them. But luck of luck! It's just a flesh wound. Carry on!

- on that note, as noted by another reviewer, practically every chapter ends with a skin-of-the-teeth escape. Ha! You thought he was going to get shot, but no!, he's saved by his friend who escaped just as the bad guy was going to pull the trigger. By the 10th or 11th time this happens, it gets a little tired. No actually, it was tired by the 2nd time.

- the heroes never get tired. Yes, despite the fact they are shot, wounded, tortured, hacked at, on the run through the jungle for countless days, and on top of that, old, they're always ready for the next scene of hand-to-hand combat. Yes, this is a staple of every action movie, but of a historical novel?
- escape in a sewer? Yep, we got that one too.

- chased across rooftops? Couldn't leave that out. Guess what? They survive only with an improbable leap. Didn't see that one coming.

- monologue by the chief antagonist at the end, explaining the whole nasty plot? Here, you get a bonus, there's two!

- and yeah, the whole thing is "one last job" so the hero can go back and live in peace with his beautiful, peaceful, much younger lover

Oh yeah, and it's of course the white guys that Africans needs to save them. The few black characters are of the noble savage type. Just in case you were worried you'd have to do *any* thinking during the book.

I guess this will make a decent Jerry Bruckheimer movie some day (or maybe Quentin Tarantino) but as a historical novel, it was a huge missed opportunity.