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To Deliver The Future (edition 2013)

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To Deliver The Future by Grey Wolf

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This is a fascinating alternate history novella, written in the WW2 style of Jack Higgins. In this universe, it seems the US never entered the war against Germany, leading to a Nazi victory in Europe but with no real discussion of the Pacific nor of the way everything shook out (e.g., is Great Britain occupied, did Russia surrender, etc.).

The focus of the story is a German sneak attack against Washington and New York using a newly developed and still secret form of transportation, something the author describes as a sort of flying bell or dome. The bells, as they're commonly called, seem to have some stealth technology as there's no radar warning of the attack. (Note that the year of the story isn't given, but with Richard Nixon as the vice president, my guess would be the middle 1950s.)

The author has a good style for action writing and the battle scenes are crisp. The historical characters are well drawn and realistic, and except for the enigmatic bells, the technology (such as the Arado jet bomber) is historically accurate. Unfortunately, my brain sticks at the bells; I'm just not able to picture them. If this concept is based on historical technology or one of the imaginative schemes German engineers were producing at war's end, perhaps the author would kindly enlighten me? Are they helicopters? And do they feature in other stories?

I'm presuming this is a prelude to a longer story or book; it ends fairly abruptly, without the kick Jack Higgins would have provided, and while it's a good action story, as a standalone piece it doesn't carry much weight. And while I can understand the temptation, it's better to hire a proofreader rather than merely eliminate the majority of a book's punctuation; while there was never any doubt what a sentence meant, it was rather disconcerting to see nothing at the end of most sentences.

Based on those assumptions, let's call this one 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.0. Thanks for the read, Grey Wolf. ( )
  GunnarGrey | Dec 30, 2014 |
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