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Swastika

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Swastika

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Postby EZ Rhino » Tue Feb 07, 2006 10:33 pm

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Postby craftygal2 » Sat Mar 04, 2006 6:47 am

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Postby Slade » Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:59 pm

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Hunter Goatley is the Administrator (the SpecialX/MM/raasnio) of the Robert McCammon Website. He posted this there:

Has anyone else here read the books by Michael Slade? I'm a big fan of the series, and I just finished the most recent novel, Swastika. I discovered Slade when I saw the hardcover edition of the first Slade novel, Headhunter, and bought it. I was blown away by it, and have been impressed with every novel since then. The novels are set in Canada and detail the serial-killer cases handled by (the fictional) Special X of the RCMP.

One of the reasons I enjoy the books so much is that most of them include lots of historical fact as background for the stories. Swastika's chapters alternate between the present time and World War II; the WWII chapters serve as background for the story going on in the present time. In fact, I'd venture that more than half of the book is devoted to the WWII story, and I found it very fascinating. It details the work of Wernher von Braun, who designed Germany's V-2 ballistic missiles, which were built using concentration camp slave labor. Over 20,000 men who were forced to build the missiles were killed by the Nazis. As the Americans defeated the Nazis, von Braun engineered the surrender of himself and 500 rocket scientists. Von Braun went on to be instrumental in setting up the U.S. space program, designing all of the rockets that put the U.S. into space. A quick 'net search reveals that most of the events covered in Swastika's WWII chapters is historically accurate. You can read about von Braun in this Wikipedia article, as well as many other sites.

In my high school history classes, WWII was reduced to a few names, dates, and places. Due to my WWII ignorance, I had never heard of von Braun, and had no idea that he was smuggled into the U.S., given a clean slate, and became the father of the U.S. space program. And if not for Michael Slade (which is really a pseudonym), I still wouldn't know anything about it.
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Postby Slade » Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:03 pm

Craftygal,

The reason you had trouble finding SWASTIKA in Edmonton might be this. On February 19, 2006, the Edmonton Journal did a full-page dual review by two historians (big photo of Himmler in the center) of THE MASTER PLAN: HIMMLER'S SCHOLARS AND THE HOLOCAUST (headline "School of hatred spawned Holocaust") and SWASTIKA (headline "Could Fourth Reich rise in Vancouver? Convoluted plot raises specter as it enlightens.")

Opening lines: "What do quantum mechanics, Nicola Tesla, military 'black ops,' crystal meth, V2 rockets, genetic chimera, the American space program, the 1947 Roswell UFO incident, Hitler's last days, and a herd of hungry pigs have in common? They are all featured in SWASTIKA, the 11th thriller in the Special X series...
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Swastika Hardcover...

Postby okmactac » Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:21 am

For those of us that don't mind spending the extra money for hardcover books...any chance that Cemetery Dance may release Swastika in Hardcover like they did with Death's Door???
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Postby Slade » Fri Mar 31, 2006 5:05 pm

Okmactac,

Welcome to the Board. The hardcover/trade paperback/mass market paperback issue is a complicated and shifting one. For Slade, it comes down to cost. There are always edition irons in the fire, so let's wait and see.

In the meantime, KAMIKAZE has just gone into production, and Eric will soon be posting both covers and the jacket copy of the Canadian and American editions at the Slade Website. This action, action, action thriller is something different, as you'll soon see. What's the most controversial decision of the 20th century?

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Postby EZ Rhino » Fri Mar 31, 2006 10:43 pm

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