ABOUT: Kirov VII - Devil’s Garden - 9 Days Falling - Volume III
It’s finally here – Due out in just a few days, and readers will
be thrilled to hear that Book VII in the Kirov Series may not be the last. At the very end of the book the author appends this brief note:
Dear reader, Yes…I meant to
end this story by now, but events have taken longer to relate than I expected, and Mister Fedorov has pulled the story to a place it now needs to go before the end. So I invite
you to spend just a little more time with me, as I present yet one more volume of this strange tale.
I will say nothing of the preview blurb for volume eight that follows that note, leaving it for readers to discover on their own
. The seventh volume, Devil’s Garden, which you will soon have in your hands will be more than enough to satisfy your addiction to this remarkable story, now perhaps the longest
alternate history time travel series ever written.
Devil’s Garden was originally meant to be the final volume of the Kirov Series and, as events in
Book VI, Fallen Angels, were twisted to a tight knot as that book ended, this one opens with a
bang! The dramatic conclusion of Fedorov’s hunt for Gennadi Orlov is presented in its entirety
here, opening this seventh book with an amphibious assault on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Then, one by one, the author proceeds to resolve each of the many plot lines, and the many
questions, presented throughout the story. Fedorov’s hunt for Orlov dominates the opening, and
then the action moves to the Pacific of 1945 just after the destruction of the American battleship Iowa. Karpov and his battlecruiser Kirov have vanished, and in a gripping three chapter segment
entitled ‘The Eagle’ we now learn the fate of the Russian destroyer Orlan, left alone to face the wrath of Admiral Halsey and Ziggy Sprague.
After these six opening chapters of fast paced action, the novel then takes us back to Kirov to
reveal where the ship has moved again in time after that last shattering nuclear blast hurled at the
American navy by Karpov. In doing so we get echoes from the earlier books when the ship tried to
find out where they displaced, and here the Author’s technique of opening a scene from the perspective of the characters from the era where Kirov has shifted brings the history and setting
into sharp focus. Karpov now faces his inner demons as they tempt him to yet another decisive
intervention strategy, and one that promises to change all future history. While this is going on,
the shadowy figure of Pavel Kamenski shares some startling revelations with Admiral Volsky where the two men convene a meeting in the deep underground bunker of the Russian Naval
Headquarters at Fokino. This segment, and the one following it entitled “Delphi” lay out some
shocking answers about what has been happening throughout the story, particularly as it relates to time travel.
One of the Angels that fell in the last book was Elena Fairchild, finally connecting with the stalwart
Captain Gordon MacRae aboard Argos Fire. Now Fairchild finally spills the beans as to what has
been going on throughout history since 1942 when the Watch was first founded by Admiral John Tovey and Alan Turing, and this segment is absolutely riveting. The author finally unloads his
broadside here, telling the story to us even as Fairchild reveals everything to MacRae. The segment ends in a mysterious rendezvous at Delphi, of which I can say no more, as it seems
that the seed of a whole new novel was being planted in that hallowed ground. That segment was
also echoed in a three chapter section to the intriguing story involving the Duke of Elvington in Fallen Angels. This one really has my attention, and I found myself really grateful that the plot line
was not hastily tied off and will be given the time it needs to ripen and resolve.
Not to leave anyone out, Haselden’s dogged pursuit of Orlov is also resolved here, but in a way
that few would ever see coming. Then the story returns to what will become another mainstream
alternate history story involving everyone on the ship, and all of Fedorov’s people on the Anatoly Alexandrov as well when the two story lines now finally rejoin one another. There are some great
historical sketches of characters introduced for the new milieu here, and you know they are
meant to come to full bloom in the action ahead. When Karpov’s story finally merges with the
Fedorov plot line, something very unexpected happens, and it sets the stage for a dramatic continuation of the series that promises to be a real nail biter.
Yet to take us this far, and ripen so many of the other plot lines, the author simply runs out of
room in this novel, much to my great delight. Yes, it will take another book to do the 9 Days Falling
trilogy justice. Lucky you and me! This story has just gotten better as it went along, recapturing all the flavor and conflict of the opening Kirov series trilogy, presenting great military/naval action,
and spinning out a time travel mystery that is truly compelling. Grab this book from the kindle
store the instant it comes out, and then hope you can hold on for the next volume that promises a head-to-head conflict that I never saw coming. Yet it will be a fitting and proper evolution to this
marvelous alternate history tale. I just don’t know if I can bear what I think might happen next.
In the meantime. Enjoy digging through the Devil’s Garden, now available on Amazon. If you are
new to the series don’t even think of trying to jump in at the middle. Sign aboard with the crew of the battlecruiser Kirov in book one and read them all in order. It’s really just one long 3000 page
military alternate history thriller, and the best I’ve ever read.
AVAILABLE NOW. And don’t miss the extended author interview concerning this book here.
-- A. Lind
Devil’s Garden - Table of Contents - 36 Chapters, 318 pages
Part I – D-Day
Part II – The Eagle
Part III – Invincible
Part IV – Changes
Part V – Delphi
Part VI – Escape
Part VII – Tatsu Maru
Part VIII –Togo
Part IX – Shortwave
Part X – Lindisfarne
Part XI – Lessons Of War
Part XII – The 9th Circle