The story at the heart of this of this book was engaging and, indeed, gripping at times, focussing on what might have happened had Nazi Germany succeeded in invading the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 1940. It was only one such potential outcome, yet the possibility explored was entirely feasible. I guess it’s one of the reasons why I am attracted to the genre of alternative history.
Unfortunately, the experience of reading the book was less than what it could have been for a number of reasons. Firstly, I was never quite sure which of the multiple story threads I was reading, largely because the book was not broken into smaller chapters that would have made this easily graspable. Having to constantly go back a page to see where I was and where I had missed the jump to another thread was annoying and distracting.
There were also the obviously missing words and misspellings which, for someone who is innately aware of these things, is also annoying and distracting. I’m not sure if these errors were the result of the transition to the e-book format, or the result of poor editing, or what – but they were very distracting and off-putting. Again, I was forced to reread parts of the book that I had moved past to try to untangle things.
What could have been a very enjoyable read proved to be less than that.