Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Review: Black Sun Reich

The Spear of Destiny: Part One
Black Sun Reich

by Trey Garrison

Publisher: Harper Voyager 
AvailableDecember 18, 2012

Book Synopsis:

Black Sun Reich: Part One of three in The Spear of Destiny, the first novel in a new steampunk, horror, alternate history, action-adventure series set in a 1920s where the Nazi’s have begun their subjugation of the world using the occult, advanced science, and a holy relic with awesome powers.

And don’t miss the other parts of this serialized novel - Part Two: Death’s Head Legion and Part Three: Shadows Will Fall.

Trey Garrison recaptures the unapologetic adventure, wonder and excitement of the classic pulp fiction of the 1930s and 1940s, blending elements of steampunk with deeply-researched historical fiction and a good dose of humor. The novel also explores major philosophical and moral issues relevant to our contemporary world: the trade-off between security and liberty, the morality of pre-emptive war, and what fundamentally separates good from evil.

The North American continent is made up of several rival nations, and a Cold War is building between them. The Nazis rose to power a decade earlier. People travel by airship and powerful organizations calculate with Babbage’s Difference Engine. The Nazis have hatched a plot to raise a legion of undead soldiers.

Enter Sean Fox Rucker, Jesus D’Anconia Lago, two Great War veterans and freelance pilots who are pulled into the quest. They are joined by a brash Greek merchant, a brilliant Jewish cowboy, and the woman who once broke Rucker’s heart. This ragtag band of reluctant, bickering, swashbuckling heroes soon is locked in a globe-spanning race against Nazi occultists, clockwork assassins, and a darkly charismatic commando. In a world where science and the supernatural co-exist, and the monsters of legend are as real necromancers who summon them from dark realms, our heroes alone stand before the rising darkness. But all their efforts may not be enough.


More than one group of people are after the Spear of Destiny - and some unlikely characters are teaming up to stop the release of darkness into the world.

This book is truly one of a kind, in my opinion. Containing the theme of a political background with a twist of steampunk, it will take the reader on a thrilling adventure with dynamic characters. With its twinges of humor, it allows the reader to be fully entertained. The background of the story is also prepared well since it includes not only historical elements, but large corporations as a backdrop of the adventure as well. This book is the first of a trilogy, and although we are no strangers to the Trilogy (everyone seems to be doing one nowadays), the reader will not be able to wait to get their hands on the next book in the series!

Black Sun Reich was an easy and fun read. It was my first dabble into the steampunk AND alternative history genres. It can be a bit daunting at first, but if given the chance, this story will not disappoint you! 

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