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Posted March 1, 2013
Yes we are. The main problem with this story is the amount of history Mr. Ball tries to cover in a very short convoluted time frame. I believe it would have been much better to cut about 30% of the historical references out and stick with a fluid story. As it is, the reader is propelled from 1600 to 2157then back to 1865 to 1941 to 2001 and back to 2157 in 30,000 words. Talk about a monumental undertaking! And that is the problem. Along with that, because one is trying to cover so much in so little time, discrepancies surfaced with some of the historical references:
1) Joseph Goebbels was not the head of the Gestapo. That would be Heinrich Himmler.
2) There’s a reference to “before Denmark is completely occupied by Germany. Denmark fell in a day. I believe the author was referring to Holland.
Honestly, this book could easily have been, if not one, two additional works. Perhaps the appeal would have been there.
I recognize the time and effort Mr. Ball into this work, but as it stands, three stars.