The Afrika Reich
By Guy Saville
(Henry Holt and Co., Hardcover, 9780805095937, 400pp.)
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
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From Guy Saville, the explosive new thriller of a world that so nearly existed
Africa, 1952. More than a decade has passed since Britain's humiliation at Dunkirk brought an end to the war and the beginning of an uneasy peace with Hitler.
The swastika flies from the Sahara to the Indian Ocean. Britain and a victorious Nazi Germany have divided the continent. The SS has crushed the native populations and forced them into labor. Gleaming autobahns bisect the jungle, jet fighters patrol the skies. For almost a decade an uneasy peace has ensued.
Now, however, the plans of Walter Hochburg, messianic racist and architect of Nazi Africa, threaten Britain's ailing colonies.
Sent to curb his ambitions is Burton Cole: a one-time assassin torn between the woman he loves and settling an old score with Hochburg. If he fails unimaginable horrors will be unleashed on the continent. No one - black or white - will be spared.
But when his mission turns to disaster, Burton must flee for his life.
It is a flight that will take him from the unholy ground of Kongo to SS slave camps to war-torn Angola - and finally a conspiracy that leads to the dark heart of The Afrika Reich itself.
Guy Saville was born in 1973. He has lived in South America and the Middle East and is currently based in the UK. The Afrika Reich is his first novel.
What Guy Saville knows is violence: violence against animals, children, and those seeking change through the political process. He's spent a career facing it on the journalistic front lines and-admirably-raising public awareness against it, and now he's combined it with heavy research to breathe life into history's greatest villains.
Saville gets everything right--providing suspenseful action sequences, logical but enthralling plot twists, a fully thought through imaginary world, and characters with depth.
A skin-of-the-teeth escape at the end foreshadows a series.
Saville's debut novel makes an energetic leap into alternate history….they'll enjoy the wild, running battle against contemporary history's greatest villains.
an imaginative and entertaining journey
The Afrika Reich has been meticulously researched, which raises it a significant cut above the average airport thriller.
[The] plot is clever, imaginative and, in its finale, wholly unexpected. In a crowded field, The Afrika Reich stands out as a rich and unusual thriller, politically sophisticated and hard to forget.
Set in a world in which Britain made peace with Hitler after 1940, this account of a mercenary mission to Africa makes for an engrossing and convincing debut.
Fatherland for an action movie age
An horrific reimaging of the Dark Continent
A thoroughly enjoyable and compelling read