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Red Wheels Turning [ペーパーバック]

Hugh Ashton

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  • ペーパーバック: 224ページ
  • 出版社: J-Views (2011/7/23)
  • 言語: 英語, 英語, 英語
  • ISBN-10: 4990516567
  • ISBN-13: 978-4990516567
  • 発売日: 2011/7/23
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 1.3 x 12.5 x 20 cm
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5つ星のうち 5.0 A wonderful alternate history spy thriller! 2014/3/29
By Percival Constantine - (
Primarily, when we think of spy fiction, we think of the Cold War and beyond. After all, that's when the world's spy agencies really came to prominence and managed to secure a seemingly unbreakable hold. It's not so often that we get to see spy fiction set in another era.

Hugh Ashton's Red Wheels Turning is exactly that, providing us a spy story set in the first World War. More than that, it provides us with an alternate world, one in which America's Civil War never happened and there actually is a Confederate States of America. However, that merely serves as the backdrop. It was, apparently, a factor in Ashton's Beneath Gray Skies, which Red Wheels Turning is a prequel to.

Ashton provides a great protagonist with Brian Finch-Malloy, a British agent tasked with preventing two of Tsarist Russia's weapons of war, the Netopyr and the Zaamurets, from falling into the hands of sinister Bolshevik agent Kolinski.

The real treat of the book for me was watching how all the spying and back-stabbing occurred in a classic setting. While in these days, some of the tactics employed by Kolinski probably wouldn't work as well, it is perfectly believable that they'd work flawlessly in a Russia on the verge of revolution.

Ashton is most known for his work on Sherlock Holmes, but he proves with Red Wheels turning that he's capable of building his own imaginative worlds and populating them with fascinating characters.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Trouble in Mother Russia 2013/7/31
By Ralph E. Vaughan - (
Although I have, in general, gravitated away from any science fiction written after after the 1970s, I still love alternate history novels and usually always enjoy reading them, at least on some level. Writers trying to write a novel in a world where history went sideways often make mistakes -- they pivot the alteration of history around some trivial event (one writer based the changing of history on a stubbed toe) or one that is so obscure that it escapes even the professional historian; they have the narrator pinpoint the one event that made everything change as the characters would actually know they are in an alternate world; they create an alternate-history world for the sole purpose of sending a ham-handed message about our own world, sacrificing story-telling for the sake of ideology (if you want to send a message, call Western Union); or, having spent so very much time researching and world building, they try to make the setting the star of the novel, reducing the characters to mere props. Happily, Hugh Ashton makes none of those mistakes in "Red Wheels Turning," which takes place around the time of the Great War, mostly in Russia.

Above all, the novel is a very exciting adventure story set in a fascinating world that is like our own in many ways, and yet fundamentally different in ways the reader is often left to figure out on his own -- some are fairly obvious, such as the existence of the Confederate States of America, while others are subtle, such as the political climate of Russia. The protagonist is Lt Brian Finch-Malloy, a troublemaker plucked from the trenches to work for the hush-hush chappies who inhabit various anonymous offices in Whitehall. He's a admirable cut of Englishman, full of honour and patriotism, and willing to do whatever is necessary to defeat the Boche and root out enemies of the Crown. However, he is just one of a large cast of very strongly delineated characters, and that includes the villains (I should say especially the villains), who are thorough rotters.

Ashton does an excellent job of creating the excitement of the times while avoid the pitfalls attendant in the writing style of the times. Ashton's Finch-Malloy and Sapper's Bulldog Drummond are approximately contemporaneous, and they are cut from rather similar cloth -- adventurous English gentleman, military, somewhat disdainful of authority and title, always putting what's right over what is convenient, and possessor of a personal code of honour that puts others to shame. However, although Sapper's novels are still exciting today, they are difficult reads, infused with the gimcrackery lingo of the times that now seems a parody of itself. Ashton, on the other hand, evokes the period superbly with a very clean sriting style, and while some of the vocabulary is occasionally archaic because of the time period, it is always gentle on the ear.

It is helpful to the reader, of course, to be somewhat familiar with the Great War, Tsarist Russia and the early Communist Party, but so engaging and fascinating is the story that you can enjoy it without any specialized historical knowledge. The action and the characterization will pull you along like a powerful riptide. There is one other (so far) book in the series, "Beneath Gray Skies," but you don't need to read it first to enjoy this book, And enjoy this book you will.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Much better than expected 2013/1/22
By Trusten - (
I bought this novel based on another reader's review. Ergo, only fair I put my own two cents out there.
I really enjoyed this novel, so much so, that I bought a second one by he same author and am reading it now. The author presents a very enjoyable alternate history in which the Confederate States of America successfully secedes, but that is nothing but a dropped reference in this novel. In Red Wheels Turning, the protagonist, Bloody Brian, has to investigate a superweapon (tank-like vehicle) being made in secret by the imperial Russians, in the midst of WWI.
I do not want to drop anymore of the story and ruin your enjoyment of it, suffice to say that it is a cracking good read, and well worth your time, and few dollars. So, go ahead a get it already.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Red Wheels Turning 2012/6/19
By Quentin R. Stewart, Jr. - (
This is my introduction to Mr. Ashton's work. It is a fascinating story of war machines for World War I, differences in social classes in Britain and Russia at the time, and the onset of Lenin's grab for power. The Russians are building huge war machines to combat the Germans and the revolution that the aristocracy feel will be coming soon. The British send a young officer to investigate the war machines and their feasibility. Lenin is also interested in the war machines and sends and operative to investigate for him. Of course the paths of the investigators cross and the story comes to comes to a climax. It is how the protagonists get to their show down that is interesting and keeps the reader
involved in the book.

I found the book to be interesting and a joy to read. It is an adventure story from the past and one that can hold your interests. Also there is also the possibility that the hero will show up again in future books about this era in history. A very good read.
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5つ星のうち 4.0 Review of Red Wheels Turning 2012/1/3
By John Paul Catton - (
I read "Red Wheels Turning" after reading the author's "Beneath Gray Skies" and thoroughly enjoyed them both. The novel is an excellent example of alternative-history fiction, and one of its good points is that the setting is a rather unusual one, compared with other places and periods which have been done to death by SF writers. I bought the POD edition, which is printed in the same font as "Beneath Gray Skies" and is very easy on the eyes. The characters are well-crafted and believable, and although some characters also appear in "Beneath Gray Skies", it doesn't matter which book you read first. The plot is quite gripping, and a lot of it concerns the exploits of the gangster-turned-spy Kolinski making his way across Russia. It's very difficult to make a villainous main character nasty and yet sympathetic - but it works here. I was revolted by Kolinski's actions, but I found I was rooting for him as he fought his way out of yet another skirmish with the Russian army.
As well as the human characters, the novel is dominated by the bizarre weapons that drive the plot - the Netopyr and the Zaamurets. It's extraordinary to think that these machines actually existed and Ashton really shines a light into this obscure aspect of world history. My only quibble is that the Zaamurets seemed to get more 'screen time' than the Netopyr, but that's a minor thing. "Steam Punk" and "Diesel Punk" are pigeonholes that people are probably sick of hearing about - the blurb on the back cover coins the term "Steam Pulp" to describe itself - but whatever you call it, this is a damn good read.
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