Through Darkest Europe

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Through Darkest Europe is the latest alternate history novel by Harry Turtledove. The setting of the book is in an alternate universe where the Muslim world is superior, with advanced technology, world-class medicine and science, a democracy where people enjoy equal rights and are happy, and where the food is plentiful. Europe, on the other hand, is besieged by warfare, terrorist attacks by fanatics, and the oppression of women and other minorities. Europe is also extremely religious, with the Catholic Church calling the shots. The two principal characters are investigators Muslim Khalid al-Zarzisi and Jew Dawud ibn Musa. They fly to Rome to try to quell the violence. Throughout the book we see both characters get involved in shootouts, negotiations, and rescues as they try to settle the matter.

While I enjoyed Harry Turtledove’s other alternate history novels, I was quite disappointed with Through Darkest Europe. In addition to the fairly bizarre theme (yes, the novel is set in an alternate universe, but still), the characters are fairly boring and not very well developed. In addition, the plot is quite linear and not very exciting despite some action scenes.


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Author Harry Turtledove
Star Count 2/5
Format Hard
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Tor Books
Publish Date 2018-Sep-18
ISBN 9780765379986
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Issue January 2019
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy
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