The second volume in this series shares the strengths and weaknesses of its predecessor.
This is the first of a series of novels about a rich and poor family who are, possibly, secretly related. Set in the Britain of the 1920′s and 1930′s, it has all the elements of a classic family saga. I had a hard time putting it down, though it does seem a little thin and there are a few jarring anachronisms that should have been caught by Archer’s editor.
Otto Prohaska stands with Jack Crabb in the ranks of fictional centarians telling the stories of their adventuresome lives. Like Crabb’s tale, Prohaska’s story is humorous, albeit less satirical. Prohaska is a submarine commander in the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Navy fighting a hopeless war against its much stronger Great War opponents and the navy bureaucracy. He has the luck of Harry Flashman but that can’t avert the inevitable tragedy of his nations’s defeat and the personal losses that accompany it.
This alternately funny and moving book with an interesting setting is an unusual and entertaining naval adventure. It’s the first in a [series about Prohaska(http://www.johnbigginsfiction.com/prohaska).
Michael Lewis’ non-fiction is as hard to put down as an exciting novel. While “Flash Boys”, the story of high-frequency trading told through a few well-chosen characters, is good, it isn’t as good as “The Big Short“, which had a broader scope. “Flash Boys” is very entertaining, though Scott Patterson’s “Dark Pools” is a more comprehensive look about the same topic.
I’m a big Robert Conroy fan, but with this average alternate history of the American Revolution (the British win the first round) he shows that he’s really more at home in the 19th and 20th centuries than in the 18th.