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Rockets of the Reich

Kinrade, Kim

2000, BainBridgeBooks
ISBN 1891696149
Hardcover, 250 pages

Type. Novel
Pros. Good plot, lots of action
Cons. None to speak of

This exciting adventure novel presents an alternative historical scenario. It is June, 1944, and the Germans have developed a nuclear weapon. They plan to launch their rockets against selected United States cities from a small island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. A U-boat commander is entrusted with transporting the rockets across the Atlantic to their launching point.

The suspense builds as the urgency of war gradually overtakes this quiet island and the inhabitants begin to realize their country has been invaded. An officer of the US Coast Guard, experienced in convoy battles and with a U-boat to his credit, and a Canadian army veteran who was discharged, maimed and in disgrace, after the disastrous raid on Dieppe, join forces with each other and with a surprising ally to try to stop the rocket launch before it's too late.

The story is fast-paced, but the author does not neglect to develop his characters to a degree not often seen in this genre. The stereotypical Nazis too often encountered in adventure novels are absent; instead, each is distinguished by his own motivations, attitudes, and experiences.

The author's meticulous research is evident in the many small historical details which add color and dimension and draw the reader into the wartime mood. A few technical issues are noted, but they do not detract from the story, and the overall accuracy is excellent.

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Review written by Tonya Allen and GuĂ°mundur Helgason.

Published on 14 Apr 2000.

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