Raybould Marsh is a spy for England. While on a mission, he sees a mysterious dark-haired German woman with wires connected to her skull. Soon, World War II begins, and Marsh and his countrymen begin to realize the danger they’re in. The Nazis have supermen–people capable of doing extraordinary things, such as creating a small inferno and becoming transparent. As England rushes to find a way to respond, Marsh becomes locked in a mad game with the mysterious German woman. The consequences will be devastating.
I wanted to like this book–the concept of the inclusion of supernatural elements to a devastating historical event–World War II–really appealed to me. I have been meaning to read this book for a long time, and I finally got around to it. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I was unimpressed by the lack of clear characterization. The only character I really felt like I knew anything of was Marsh and possibly Klaus, one of the Nazi supermen. I also would have liked to have seen more use of the Elodians, as I did not think those were especially well-developed; Tregillis definitely favored the Nazi supermen. I would have liked to see more balance and conflict between the supermen and the ordinary individuals.
I also was disappointed by the lack of real integration of World War II. While I understand that supernatural elements are bound to change things, I would have liked to see Tregillis to follow more of the chronology. The book might have been better if he had just written an alternative world with these two supernatural elements competing against one another. There was plenty of stuff in those books that should have hit hard, but it just didn’t. I just didn’t care about the characters, and I didn’t feel immersed enough either.
Overall, I was not impressed, but I could see someone enjoying it if he or she just wanted something mildly entertaining to read.