The Violent Century

The Violent Century

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In a slightly alternate world, heroics mean different things to different people. Oblivion and Fogg, inseparable friends for seventy years, guarding the British Empire, bound together by a shared fate. Until one night in Berlin, in the aftermath of the Second World War, and a secret that tore them apart. Now, recalled to the Retirement Bureau from which no one can retire, Fogg and Oblivion must face up to a past of terrible war and unacknowledged heroism: a life of dusty corridors and secret rooms, of furtive meetings and blood-stained fields, to answer one last, impossible question: What makes a hero?
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781444762891
1444762893
Branch Call Number: TID
Characteristics: 341 pages ;,24 cm

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I read The Violent Century after reading a great review of Tidhar's Central Station and then settling for this earlier book while I waited. Good thing I did, because The Violent Century is a very odd, very fresh take on classic superhero stories. Set mainly during WWII, it's a dark, suspenseful, ... Read More »


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jessica_ebacher
Jan 03, 2016

The quote on the jacket compares this book to Watchmen, and I think the comparison is apt. The unaging superheroes sometimes work in public, as spectacular pieces of propaganda, and sometimes in the shadows, subtly influencing the events of the 20th century. The most striking thing about this world is how similar it is to the world we inhabit.

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