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The Afrika Reich by Guy Saville

The Afrika Reich

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February 2011 Debut of the Month.

A brilliant thriller with a modern sensibility and super-fast pace and suspense that will delight fans of classic thrillers and films. Carrying on the tradition of ‘what if’ history novels started by Len Deighton with SS GB and continued with Robert Harris’ Fatherland The Afrika Reich is set in an alternative 1952. After the fiasco at Dunkirk forced Britain into an uneasy peace with Germany the Third Reich now control Europe and most of Africa. A personal feud forces a British mercenary on a reckless ‘last mission’, it goes horribly wrong and he is hunted down. This explosive thriller is a meticulously researched debut novel that is a must read for any fan of Robert Harris or Len Deighton.

If you like Guy Saville you might also like to read books by Robert Harris, Len Deighton and Alex Scarrow.


The Afrika Reich by Guy Saville

1952. It is more than a decade since the Dunkirk fiasco marked the end of Britain's war and an uneasy peace with Hitler. In Africa, the swastika flies from the Sahara to the Indian Ocean. Gleaming autobahns bisect the jungle and jet fighters patrol the skies. Britain and the Nazis have divided the continent but now the demonic plans of Walter Hochburg -- architect of Nazi Africa -- threaten Britain's ailing colonies. In England, ex-mercenary Burton Cole is offered one last contract. Burton grabs the chance to settle an old score with Hochburg, despite his own misgivings and the protests of the woman he loves. If Burton fails, unimaginable horrors will be unleashed in Africa. No one -- black or white -- will be spared. But when his mission turns to disaster, Burton is forced to flee for his life.His flight takes him from the unholy killing ground of Kongo to SS slave camps and on to war-torn Angola, finally reaching its thrilling climax in a conspiracy that leads to the dark heart of the Reich itself. Guy Saville has combined meticulous research with edge-of-the seat suspense to produce a superb novel of alternate history.


Saville gives us an horrific reimagining of the Dark Continent The Times [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. Economist Fatherland for an action movie age Daily Telegraph A thoroughly enjoyable and compelling read Sun This graphic, pacy alternate history thriller is scarily convincing. Australian An enthralling look at the horror that might have been if Germany was not defeated Sydney Daily Telegraph With THE AFRIKA REICH, Guy Saville has delivered a highly entertaining read in the vein of Robert Harris
Fatherland and Archangel. Selling us us on a plausible and engrossing alternative history, featuring rich characters (who he

's not afraid to kill off) and a fastpaced plot. New Zealand Star [an] intoxicating debut ... a glorious, exhaustingly energetic romp through an Africa which wasn't, but which might have been ... Written with style, verve and startling lyricism, THE AFRIKA REICH makes serious points as it entertains. Historical Novel Review Guy Saville's scorching debut novel [is] a terrifying account of the way things might have been ... When this dark and dystopian world is coupled with a cast of credible characters, Machiavellian plot twists, cinematic action scenes and pulsating suspense, the story becomes irresistible ... Immaculately researched and with accompanying notes to put the story into its context, THE AFRIKA REICH is an exciting first novel which blends history and fiction into an unforgettable drama. Lancashire Evening Post Don't miss this explosive blockbuster ... a blood-pulsing and convincing read. Peterborough Evening Telegraph Gripping, well-researched and terrifyingly plausible, this is a fast-paced, ambitious book that paves the way for its sequel with a jaw-dropping twist. Lincolnshire Echo it would certainly be fair to say that the page-turning speed and the gritty action displayed in this novel are at times as good - if not better - than the fiction of McNab and Chris Ryan. But The Afrika Reich also has believable characters, many of whom have real emotional depth, and this really adds another layer to the novel, making it far more than 'just another thriller Crime and Publishing blog Saville delivers thrills worthy of Len Deighton, Alistair McLean, and other masters of the WW2 thriller, in a way that's both action packed and thought provoking, which is a difficult trick to pull off. Bravo. Bookgeeks If readers like terrifying stories behind a dense layer of historical depiction this is an unexpected and unforgettable story that they must read. Geopolitique Africaine'

About the Author

Guy Saville

Guy Saville was born in England in 1973. He has lived in South America and North Africa and is currently based in the UK.

Click here to read an article by Guy Saville on the reasearch that went into the writing of The Madagaskar Plan.

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17th February 2011


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Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


448 pages


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