by Author | May 21st, 2011

I was recently interviewed by a young American lady called Hayley Whitehall who runs her own blog about all things book/writing/publishing related. If you follow the link you should be able to take a look at her questions and my answers.

The writer and director of a film (Charlie) about World War II, Mike Ogden, recently read Seelowe Nord and has just posted his interview on – Here it is:

5.0 out of 5 stars Un-put-down-able, 20 May 2011 By  M. Ogden (Manchester, UK) – See all my reviews 

Warning – late nights ahead if you pick up and start to read this book.

At first, I wasn’t sure about this book with it being an ‘alternative history’, a genre I’ve looked at before and avoided. However, other reviews here persuaded me, especially the attention to detail. They weren’t wrong.

There’s a real smell of authenticity to the writing and detail. Andy Johnson’s experience as an infantryman comes across very strongly, especially in the hand to hand combat moments and descriptions of troop/vehicle tactics which are never stiff but fold into the storytelling effortlessly. There’s no main character but it’s an ensemble – think ‘A Bridge Too Far’ and it works so well. They’re believable and you want them to survive.

If there’s anything to nit pick I’d say that the characterizations of the British seem a bit ‘over the top’ with their gung-ho bulletproof bravery and it would have been nice to have a map or two. I’d also have liked to have seen more of the civilian side of things. But then nit picking is easy. This is a fantasy and perhaps British troops might have had that extra anger with their home turf being invaded by the hated Nazis. I think overall the author gets the tone right from both sides of the fighting. Things never go according to plan. People die. Hard decisions are made.

If you’re looking for a great adventure read, this is that book. It’s such an easy read you really cannot stop yourself reading with several late nights I can attest to. Can’t wait for the next installment which I believe is almost with us.

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Seelöwe Nord is the online home of Andy Johnson, a war fiction novelist. Seelöwe Nord is a war novel that tells the alternative history of Operation Sealion, the proposed German invasion of Britain in 1940. Followed by Thunder in May, and the recently released Crucible of Fate, the trilogy of War Fiction remains a popular read within the genre.

Andy has also started to publish small Leadership and Management Booklets drawing from his extensive experience across many sectors and industries, both military and civilian, the first of which is entitled Captains of the Gate and is now available for download on eReaders directly from Amazon.