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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.
1952. It is more than a decade since humiliation at Dunkirk brought an end to Britain's war and the beginning of an uneasy peace with Hitler.In Africa, the swastika flies from the Sahara to the Indian Ocean. Gleaming autobahns bisect the jungle, jet fighters patrol the skies. The brutal presence of the SS is visible everywhere. Now, however, 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 jumps at the chance to settle an old score with Hochburg, despite 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 Afrika Reich itself.Guy Saville combines meticulous research with edge-of-the seat suspense to produce a superb novel of alternate history.
Closing date: 30/11/2020
'Saville gives us an horrific reimagining of the Dark Continent'
'[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
'This graphic, pacy alternate history thriller is scarily convincing.' Australian
'[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 ... 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
'An enthralling look at the horror that might have been if Germany was not defeated'
Sydney Daily Telegraph
Publication date: 15/09/2011
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 17/02/2011
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||15th September 2011|
|Publisher:||Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, Dystopian Fiction, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense,|
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. Author photo © Mark PringleMore About Guy Saville