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Watch on the Rhine (Posleen War Series #7) Paperback – January 1, 2007
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The authors make a great team. There is intrigue and subplots that take your emotions up and down like a roller coaster. I don't go into details, because I don't like being a spoiler.
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Not all the 'good guys' get to make it to the end of the book and the ones that do are shaken up by what they have to do. The Posleen get a bit more background explanation and some of the human acts horrify them. The Indowy solution to continuing the fight is a fantastic bit of logical thinking, brilliant.
It is fiction though. The SS were not such brilliant troops in real life, trained to follow orders certainly but there are times when a bit of free thinking on the battlefield is the best solution to the problem. Would the Germans call new tanks Tigers? I doubt it probably another big cat name. The design of the tanks are ludicrous, so this is fantasy sci-fi but certainly fun to read. And I really felt for all of the characters, along their individual journeys.
Very glad I bought and read this book.
I was at first fearful that perhaps resurrecting the dreaded SS was risky and wrong. The way the book portrays them however is very balanced and fair.
Yes there are one or two nasty nazis amongst them, participants of the baba yah massacre and the infamous camp guards, but it is balanced by an idea of never really considered before. That like many other veterans of elite units, some soldiers wanted to serve in the most elite cadre available, I remember some 101st airborne vets saying that of they were going into battle they wanted the best fighting alongside them.
I think the book realistically illustrates the political agony of the decision to bring back this unit to fight the alien horde. It is quite ironic that a force which once spearheaded the conquest of Europe is now in the vanguard of protecting it against the worst threat man has known.
It is a very well balanced book which does things tastefully and deosnt seek to glorify past actions of the SS, but neither does it shy away from the truth...in the darkest times, darker men are needed to see the job through.
My favourite book of the series so far, refreshing to see a European perspective of the alien invasion, well done to the authors, how's about a story of little England ls struggle next?