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Watch on the Rhine (Die Wacht am Rhein) (Posleen War Series #7) Mass Market Paperback – February 27, 2007
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In 1974, at age seventeen, Tom Kratman became a political refugee and defector from the PRM (People’s Republic of Massachusetts) by virtue of joining the Regular Army. He stayed a Regular Army infantryman most of his adult life, returning to Massachusetts as an unofficial dissident while attending Boston College after his first hitch. Back in the Army, he managed to do just about everything there was to do at one time or another. After the Gulf War, with the bottom dropping completely out of the anti-communist market, Tom decided to become a lawyer. Every now and again, when the frustrations of legal life and having to deal with other lawyers got to be too much, Tom would rejoin the Army (or a somewhat similar group, say) for fun and frolic in other climes. His family, muttering darkly, put up with this for years. He no longer practices law, instead writing full-time for Baen. His novels for Baen include A State of Disobedience, Caliphate, and the series consisting of A Desert Called Peace, Carnifex, The Lotus Eaters, The Amazon Legion, Come and Take Them, The Rods and the Axe, and A Pillar of Fire by Night. He has written novels with John Ringo: Watch on the Rhine, Yellow Eyes, and The Tuloriad. Also for Baen, he has written the first three volumes of the modern-day military fiction series Countdown.
- Publisher : Baen; Reprint edition (February 27, 2007)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 485 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1416521208
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416521204
- Item Weight : 8.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1 x 6.75 inches
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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?