Book Review: John Ringo’s Watch on the Rhine

Posted December 17, 2010 by Kathy Davie in

by Kathy Davie

Watch on the Rhine (Posleen War: Sidestories, #1)Watch on the Rhine by John Ringo
Series: Posleen War: Sidestories, 1
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Way out of place chronologically in this series. In Watch on the Rhine, Europe is about to be invaded by the Posleen, is invaded, and its survivors retreat.

The Afterword states that Ringo had intended this as a short story and that intention comes out in the lack of details on the tools of war (I would have liked more info on the Tiger and how it compares to the Americans’ Sheva) nor is there much in the way of battle strategy or the political issues with which the Kanzler must cope.

It was interesting how Ringo and Kratman brought in the SS troopers and used this to give us a history of German-Euro-Jewish interactions. Hans’ flashbacks provided a sympathetic perspective on the average WWII German soldier’s feelings. Although I did have my worries about Mühlenkampf

The best part was the Epilogue…man, I would love to read this as a full book-length story…I want revenge!! Although, I am confused about the mention of a “suede blanket, blond and still bright after many centuries” since Mühlenkampf and Dieter Schultz with his dirt-filled helmet are present for this invasion. Are they the same two men from the invasion…and still alive after centuries??

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