Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Black Sun Reich Tour: Review

The Spear of Destiny: Part One – Black Sun Reich byTrey Garrison

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. 

Summary: Black Sun Reich: Part One of three in The Spear of Destiny, the first novel in a new steampunk, horror, alternate history, action-adventure series set in a 1920s where the Nazi’s have begun their subjugation of the world using the occult, advanced science, and a holy relic with awesome powers.

And don’t miss the other parts of this serialized novel - Part Two: Death’s Head Legion and Part Three: Shadows Will Fall.

Trey Garrison recaptures the unapologetic adventure, wonder and excitement of the classic pulp fiction of the 1930s and 1940s, blending elements of steampunk with deeply-researched historical fiction and a good dose of humor. The novel also explores major philosophical and moral issues relevant to our contemporary world: the trade-off between security and liberty, the morality of pre-emptive war, and what fundamentally separates good from evil.

The North American continent is made up of several rival nations, and a Cold War is building between them. The Nazis rose to power a decade earlier. People travel by airship and powerful organizations calculate with Babbage’s Difference Engine. The Nazis have hatched a plot to raise a legion of undead soldiers.

Enter Sean Fox Rucker, Jesus D’Anconia Lago, two Great War veterans and freelance pilots who are pulled into the quest. They are joined by a brash Greek merchant, a brilliant Jewish cowboy, and the woman who once broke Rucker’s heart. This ragtag band of reluctant, bickering, swashbuckling heroes soon is locked in a globe-spanning race against Nazi occultists, clockwork assassins, and a darkly charismatic commando. In a world where science and the supernatural co-exist, and the monsters of legend are as real necromancers who summon them from dark realms, our heroes alone stand before the rising darkness. But all their efforts may not be enough.

Review: An intriguing mixing of alternate history with Nazis, mythology, holy relics, and supernatural powers. 

This book was certainly an interesting read. I do not know how plausible the alternate history was, but it was certainly entertaining to read about Tesla and his crazy inventions, all the different countries in the United States, and the Spear of Destiny. There wasn't much steampunk in this book (it was alternate history mixed with paranormal elements), which was disappointing, but I enjoyed the setting and the characters. The addition of religious mythology adds another level. This is a grab bag of genres, but Garrison makes it work. 

I found it a little annoying that this book was broken up into three parts. The first part was about 140 pages so if the second two parts are of a similar length, this will be an average length book. I wish the whole thing had been published at once. To be honest, part of that is due to me being eager to read the next two parts. Everything was just getting good too. I am very interested to learn more about the world the book takes place in, including why the US got split into so many different countries. 


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy alternate history, supernatural fiction, or stories dealing with religious myths and objects.

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