After the Downfall

After the Downfall

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From Harry Turtledove, the master of alternate history, comes After the Downfall, a novel of magic, epic warfare, and desperate choices.
1945: Russian troops have entered Berlin, and are engaged in a violent orgy of robbery, rape, and revenge. Wehrmacht officer Hasso Pemsel, a career soldier on the losing end of the greatest war in history, flees from a sniper's bullet, finding himself hurled into a mysterious, fantastic world of wizards, dragons, and unicorns. There he allies himself with the blond-haired, blue-eyed Lenelli, and Velona, their goddess in human form, offering them his knowledge of warfare and weaponry in their genocidal struggle against a race of diminutive, swarthy barbarians known as Grenye. But soon, the savagery of the Lenelli begins to eat at Hasso Pemsel's soul, causing him to question everything he has long believed about race and Reich, right and wrong, Ubermenschen and Untermenschen. Hasso Pemsel will learn the difference between following orders... and following his conscience.

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Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Nightshade Books, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781597801300
Branch Call Number: SCIFI Turtledo Harry
Characteristics: 324 p. ;,24 cm.


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Sep 19, 2017

Of course soldier was obsessed with sex with five years of total war.
Sure, he had trouble making smokeless gunpowder, adjust to Medieval setting & magic or needing help making grenades with black gunpowder because he was a high tech specialist not a generalist.
Cute fast scene on how he got transported to different dimension or how unlikely trigger happy Soviets duplicate results.
Kudos on author on using unlikely protagonist.

Mar 29, 2016

IF this work is meant as juvenile fiction, like much of Heinlein's, I can be more forgiving of its shortcomings.

Failing that, I found the story adequate but pedestrian, without any surprises, and the writing was competent but repetitive.

The supporting characters were enjoyable enough, but the protagonist was unbelievably dim-witted for an experienced soldier in his thirties, and bizarrely obsessed with sex.

The protagonists's journey toward "racial enlightenment" is tedious & blunt.


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Mar 29, 2016

brontoceratops thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 20


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