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I did read the first book when it came out, so this prequel was not my first introduction to Henri. I have to admit I was lost at the start of the book because it was very difficult to bring my head back to Henri's past when it was so different from the present day story I had liked so much. Normally I don't like historical fiction, and this book did brush right along the edge of that (i.e. Nazi war crimes)... I read fiction for escapes from reality, not to recap the horrendous activities humans have gotten up to in the past. And I like justice that is meaningful (i.e. the bad guys get their just desserts asap after they commit their crimes)... in fact, I like vigilante justice where bad guys get their just desserts immediately. To read about Nazi crimes where most of the murderers got away and/or were brought to justice after they had lived the better parts of their lives free, is just not as satisfying. So they convict an 80 year old of war crimes - so what, he already lived the best part of his life off the backs of the people he murdered.
Okay, okay... rant over... anyway, it was a good story and I like Henri's character. It is not as action filled as I normally like, but Henri is pretty noir and the story is interesting. I hope the next in the series is more like the first book than this prequel though...
The narration is very good but I think that Gardner's voice does take a bit of getting used to. There isn't anything graphic in the book, and I will read more in this series.
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Although written later than "All Cry Choas," it actually takes place earlier. This fills in some gaps in the character of Henri Poincare, great-grandson of his famous namesake, and is an even better story than the other. Although there is much to be appreciated about the plot, the story sort of falls apart at the end. Nobody could behave as naively as does our hero who nearly gets himself killed (again.) Also, his German girl friend does an about-face that seemed somewhat out of character, but, I suppose, blood runs deep.
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