The Violent Century

The Violent Century

by Lavie Tidhar


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“A torrid tour de force.” —James Ellroy
“Like Watchmen on crack.”—io9
“If John le Carre wrote a superhero novel about the Cold War, it might be this good.” —Charles Stross

A bold experiment has mutated a small fraction of humanity. Nations race to harness the gifted, putting them to increasingly dark ends. At the dawn of global war, flashy American superheroes square off against sinister Germans and dissolute Russians. Increasingly depraved scientists conduct despicable research in the name of victory

British agents Fogg and Oblivion, recalled to the Retirement Bureau, have kept a treacherous secret for over forty years. But all heroes must choose when to join the fray, and to whom their allegiance is owed—even for just one perfect summer’s day.

From the World Fantasy Award-winning author of Central Station comes a sweeping novel of history, adventure, and what it means to be a hero.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616963163
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Publication date: 07/23/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 598,884
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lavie Tidhar (The Bookman; Unholy Land; A Man Lies Dreaming) is the author of the breakout Campbell and Neukom award-winning novel Central Station, which has been translated into ten languages. He has also received the British Science Fiction, Neukom Literary, and World Fantasy awards. Tidhar was born in Israel, grew up on a kibbutz, has lived in South Africa, Laos, and Vanuatu, and currently resides in London.

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The Violent Century 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AMGiacomasso 4 months ago
I'm speechless as this is one the best alternate history book i've ever read. The style of writing, the character development, the historical background create a powerful, enthralling and amazing story that keeps you hooked to the page. I'm happy I requested this ARC because I discovered Lavie Tidhar, such an excellent and powerful writer. I'd be more than happy to rate this book 10/5 as it's amazing. More than highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
besu 4 months ago
I really wanted to like this book because the description promised John Le Carre with superheroes and X men. That’s not what this is. From the beginning of the book, I just couldn’t get into the story. The writing style is so detached that there is no warmth in the story at all. I didn’t care about the characters or events at all because of the writing style. Retired agents Fogg and Oblivion are recalled to the bureau to discuss some unfinished business. It is clear they have secrets they don’t want revealed but it was difficult to figure out what was going onmost of the time. The book jumped back and forth in time in such short chapters I felt like I was watching TV while someone changed the channel back and forth repeatedly. The writer pretty much just describes the scenes and what the characters do but we don’t know how they feel until close to the end of the book. I know the writer did a lot of research to put this together but it was lost to the cold objectiveness of the writing style. I didn’t find this even remotely similar to John Le Carre spy novels or superhero books. I don’t recommend this book if you are wanting a good espionage story. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.