Book Review – Storm Front – Alternate History

Storm Front
Not your typical “Nazi’s win WWII” alternate history – which is refreshing on its own. 

Storm Front (Book I of the Twilight of the Gods) is set in 1985 in a world where Germany was not destroyed as a result of WWII.  I phrased that carefully.  This isn’t your typical alternate history fare, where Germany won the war.  Yes, they defeated Russia and France, but they entered a Cold War era with Britain and the US.  On the whole, that makes for a fascinating set of perspectives of what life would be like in 1985 in the Reich.

Many books in the genre use war as the tapestry to tell the story.  Storm Front doesn’t do that, not directly anyway. There’s a war, in South Africa, a mirror to the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, but we are not sucked into it as part of the storytelling – something I was surprised by (in a positive way).  Storm Front takes a higher road, going along the route of Man in a High Castle.

Ultimately this is the story of characters who become unlikely catalysts in a revolution.  The analogy to Poland is interesting but the differences are only on the surface.  Author Christopher Nuttall isn’t afraid to draw connections to real world events but often takes them in his own creative direction.  Some of the characters are intricate in terms of their motivations – which I like.

This was my first taste of his writing and I have to admit, I’m going to dive into the second book when it comes out.  He plays homage to Harry Turtledove in the book, which seemed a little corny while at the same time was perfectly acceptable.  Even as a historian, I struggle with the the German ranks, but his only other choice was to do a Hogan’s Heroes approach to the dialogue and that would have sucked.  Kudos for making the right call Mr. Nuttall.

What was nice was that this first book had a logical ending point – without leaving me hanging without some degree of closure on key plot lines.  At the same time Nuttall has done a great job of setting up the next book in the series.

I give Storm Front 4.5 stars…not your typical fare for alternate history, which gives it some refreshing appeal.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review – Storm Front – Alternate History

  1. Sounds interesting – I’ll check it out.

    I wonder if you’d be interested in reviewing my new alternate history novel “Payback” published by Moonshine Cove on 21 October 2016,

    Payback is Michael FitzGerald’s new speculative fiction fantasy in the alternative history genre.
    Payback was published on 21 October 2016 by Moonshine Cove.
    In a world trembling on the brink of war the death of one man could change history. What if the Mafia and FBI joined forces to assassinate Hitler in 1938? The gangster Bugsy Siegel and an agent to control his volatile nature go to Italy on a mission to kill him.
    Payback is available in both paperback and Kindle editions and can be purchased from Amazon.
    Comments on Payback by other published authors include: “a first-rate thriller – keeps the heart racing to the very last page” – James Thayer, author of S-Day; “A great read with an amazing plot that kept me always wanting more” – David Avoura King, author of Hitler Out of Time; “Strong characters, excellent research and surprising twists and turns” – Sandra Saidak, author of From the Ashes; “A great novel of what might have been” – Ian Hall, author of the Avenging Steel series; “Gangsters and Hitler – what could go wrong? Read Payback to find out” – James R Benn, author of Rag and Bone
    ISBN numbers for the paperback are: • ISBN-10: 1945181001 and • ISBN-13: 978-1945181006 and ASIN numbers for the Kindle are: ASIN: B01MFABT1Q
    Payback has 268 pages and the price is $13.99 for the paperback edition $5.99 for the Kindle.
    Contact the author at: mikefitz@lycos.com, http://mikefitzauthor.co.uk, http://mikefitzauthor.blogspot.co.uk, http://mikefitzuk.wordpress.com, https://www.facebook.com/mikefitzauthor, https://twitter.com/mikefitzauthor
    I’ll happily send you a copy of the book as a mobi file.
    Thanks for your time and hope you’ll consider reviewing “Payback.”
    Mike

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