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Posted July 30, 2012
GRIM AND FASCINATING NOVEL WITH A MIND BLOWING ENDING
Review of The Coldest War, (Book two in the Milkweek Tryptich) by Ian Tregillis
(No big spoilers, except for a few minor ones that regard the set-up)
I just finished The Coldest War, book two of three in the Milkweed Tryptich cycle by Ian Tregillis. I devoured it.
I read book one, Bitter Seeds (now out in mass market paperback by the way) in about three days and the same applies to book two. I would have read faster if I’d had the time.
I'm so blown away right now from finishing this fantastic novel. Mr. Tregillis has created a brilliant book, and I concur with the blurb from Game of Thrones author, George R.R. Martin blurb, “A major talent,” indeed.
The ending was so awesome, and redeems the grim nature of this book. More on that later . . .
The same characters from book one are back, and it’s about twenty years after the end of an alternate history World War II, and is now 1963, the height of the Cold War. The Soviet Union appears to have all of Europe, even France.
The alternate history is fascinating, but that is not the point of the book. This is a character novel and focuses very tightly on the protagonists, so we get three main point of view characters. There is very little detail given about the wildly divergent world so different from what happened after World War II in our world, but the details we do get are tantalizing, especially for history buffs.
The book was harsh and depressing most of the time, but Tregillis kept the tension up so much that no matter the sadness I felt for the characters, I could still face reading on about them, as I wanted to find out what was going to happen. That is the mark of great writing.
I’m just so impressed with this series and feel like Tregillis succeeded big time. I have no doubt that book three will be a triumphant conclusion to a great series.
Five Stars, Highly Recommended
Paul Genesse, Author of the Iron Dragon Series
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Posted August 26, 2013
The Empire Strikes Back of the Milkweed trilogy
The Empire Strikes Back of the Milkweed trilogy. After a lengthy bit of time, we return to the world and characters from the first book, and find that life has gone rather poorly for the majority of them. And considering that the first novel wasn't exactly rainbows and puppies, we end up in a rather dreary place. Which works on some levels, given the state of the world. Britain seems to be the lone hold out in Europe after the Soviet Union absorbed the rest of the nations after the end of WWII. And the two sides have a cold war going on, not with the threat of nuclear destruction, but with the potential to use their preferred supernatural deterrent. And like Empire, it doesn't wrap up its own story so much as leave you sitting at the cliffhanger for the final book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Personally, I liked the first book more than this one. I think the previous book focused more on the goings on of the two unnaturally powered groups and less on the personal lives of the people in them. And while this novel has more action sequences, we spend much more time in everyone's miserable home life. I look forward to the next one in the series partly because I think what the writer has done as far as set up is going to make it difficult to fall back on the home front to fill pages
Posted February 20, 2013
Curious and curouser
What starts out as a update to what happened since the events of the last book turns into an exciting tease to the next book. That's not to say this book isn't good, it's better than the first one, you just have to be patient an wait as he molds the caracters into more complex and interesting subjects. Not until the end of the book do you have a sense of where the book in headed, but not how it will get there: But you will be curious to see how it ends. All in all a good read and a great followup from the last book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 22, 2012
Posted September 11, 2012
Twisted and dark, I'm primed for book 3.
I have mixed feelings about this follow-up to Bitter Seeds. The book moves the story forward some 20 years after the conclusion of the first, where we find much has changes and much has not. The hot war with Germany has evolved to a cold war with the USSR, but with the same weapons to assure mutual destruction. I felt that this book was a bit better than the first in that the pace and quality were more even throughout. I am enjoying the idea of super-humans vs. cosmic spirits, but I'm beginning to find the dark context of the series daunting. The story contains so much punishment for each character that it is hard to find any hope. I suppose that is the theme here, though.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Reading through some of the other reviews, it is interesting to think of this story as a metaphor for nuclear annihilation. Once the weapon has been made and unleashed, it may no longer be a question of if, but when do we destroy ourselves with it.
A side note: the page numbering for my eBook copy seemed strange. Typically when I get an eBook from B&N the page numbering matches the printed copy, which is nice if you want to reference a fellow reader to something. My electronic copy of The Coldest War had a page count that matched the number of number of page flips (799) rather than the number of pages in the hard copy (352). I'm not sure if this is a change B&N is doing with all books, or just a feature of this one, but it did make me feel like quite the speedy reader
Posted April 3, 2013
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