Through Darkest Europe

Through Darkest Europe

From the modern master of alternate history and New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove, Through Darkest Europe envisions a world dominated by a prosperous and democratic Middle East--and under threat from the world's worst trouble spot Senior investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi is a modern man, a product of the unsurpassed educational systems of North Africa and the Middle E From the modern master of alternate history and New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove, Through D...

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Title:Through Darkest Europe
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Through Darkest Europe Reviews

  • Olav
    Oct 11, 2018

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

  • Nick
    Jan 24, 2019

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

  • Aaron
    Jul 19, 2019

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

  • Ron
    Nov 19, 2018

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...

    I find this book to be a very lazy attempt to slam what's going on now into opposing sides. It tries to make the Arab world what the west is, complete with the former being modern in everything from women's rights to eating and drinking habits whereas Europe (while having no issue with...

    Through Darkest Europe is a alt-history book written by Harry Turtledove. It is a alternate world were the Islamic world is rich and progressive and Europe is backwards and poor. There is a group of people in Europe who want the old glory of their people to be restored and for faith to...

    Harry Turtledove is one of my favorite authors, however this book tried to do too many things at once; be a lightly disguised commentary on the religious terrorists today; an action novel; philosophical view of the world and mirroring the attitudes that Western peoples have regarding t...

    The religion changes, results are the same An alternate history not all that different from our own ? in Through Darkest Europe it?s the Muslim world which embraced science and knowledge and Christians putting religion above all else. Through Darkest Europe is a mirror image of ...

    This was a sold 3 stars--until the last 30 pages of the book, where it sank to a 2 1/2. I'm feeling generous this morning, so I'll still give it 3. :-) Harry Turtledove is noted for writing what's called "alternative history," in which some major difference in history results in a v...

    Normally, I am a huge fan of Harry Turtledove, but I do not follow his thought processes in this case. Most of Turtledove?s alternate history seems to explore how things might have gone differently if some pivotal event had happened in another manner. This novel almost seems like ...

    I really kind of disappointed. The set up of the novel is interesting. The Muslim world embraced secularism and science while Christian Europe because mired in backward religious thought, leading to a world where the civilized Arab world has to deal with powderkeg that is Europe. It...

    The civilised world has been rocked by a sudden surge of terrorism. Extremism has proliferated even in the countries in the shores of the Mediterranean, which are meant to be that bit more sophisticated than their hinterlands. Suicide bombers spread terror in the streets of previously ...

    Alternate history in which Thomas Aquinas wrote opposing science instead of supporting it and subsequently it was the Muslim world that developed technology, explored the western hemisphere and established republics. Now fundamentalist Christian terrorists are threatening Europe's slow...

    This is the closest I have seen of a modern thriller written by Harry Turtledove. You have two operatives sent from an advanced country to a land under siege by corruption, religious fanaticism, and leaders struggling to move their people forward into modern times while hanging onto th...

  • Loren
    Mar 05, 2019

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...

    I find this book to be a very lazy attempt to slam what's going on now into opposing sides. It tries to make the Arab world what the west is, complete with the former being modern in everything from women's rights to eating and drinking habits whereas Europe (while having no issue with...

  • Alex
    Mar 23, 2019

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...

    I find this book to be a very lazy attempt to slam what's going on now into opposing sides. It tries to make the Arab world what the west is, complete with the former being modern in everything from women's rights to eating and drinking habits whereas Europe (while having no issue with...

    Through Darkest Europe is a alt-history book written by Harry Turtledove. It is a alternate world were the Islamic world is rich and progressive and Europe is backwards and poor. There is a group of people in Europe who want the old glory of their people to be restored and for faith to...

    Harry Turtledove is one of my favorite authors, however this book tried to do too many things at once; be a lightly disguised commentary on the religious terrorists today; an action novel; philosophical view of the world and mirroring the attitudes that Western peoples have regarding t...

    The religion changes, results are the same An alternate history not all that different from our own ? in Through Darkest Europe it?s the Muslim world which embraced science and knowledge and Christians putting religion above all else. Through Darkest Europe is a mirror image of ...

    This was a sold 3 stars--until the last 30 pages of the book, where it sank to a 2 1/2. I'm feeling generous this morning, so I'll still give it 3. :-) Harry Turtledove is noted for writing what's called "alternative history," in which some major difference in history results in a v...

    Normally, I am a huge fan of Harry Turtledove, but I do not follow his thought processes in this case. Most of Turtledove?s alternate history seems to explore how things might have gone differently if some pivotal event had happened in another manner. This novel almost seems like ...

    I really kind of disappointed. The set up of the novel is interesting. The Muslim world embraced secularism and science while Christian Europe because mired in backward religious thought, leading to a world where the civilized Arab world has to deal with powderkeg that is Europe. It...

    The civilised world has been rocked by a sudden surge of terrorism. Extremism has proliferated even in the countries in the shores of the Mediterranean, which are meant to be that bit more sophisticated than their hinterlands. Suicide bombers spread terror in the streets of previously ...

    Alternate history in which Thomas Aquinas wrote opposing science instead of supporting it and subsequently it was the Muslim world that developed technology, explored the western hemisphere and established republics. Now fundamentalist Christian terrorists are threatening Europe's slow...

    This is the closest I have seen of a modern thriller written by Harry Turtledove. You have two operatives sent from an advanced country to a land under siege by corruption, religious fanaticism, and leaders struggling to move their people forward into modern times while hanging onto th...

    "Through Darkest Europe" is Harry Turtledove's latest alternate-history novel, envisioning a world where Islam is the predominant religion and Christianity is pretty much confined to Europe. This Europe, though, is a culturally stunted backwater that is home to the Aquinists, a radical...

    I was so excited by this premise. I was hoping it was the start of a sprawling Turtledove saga that showcased the talent for thoughtful and ironic world-building that made me such a huge fan of his back in the early 2000s (Worldwar and Timeline 191 are fantastic examples of him at his ...

  • Patrick
    May 20, 2019

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...

    I find this book to be a very lazy attempt to slam what's going on now into opposing sides. It tries to make the Arab world what the west is, complete with the former being modern in everything from women's rights to eating and drinking habits whereas Europe (while having no issue with...

    Through Darkest Europe is a alt-history book written by Harry Turtledove. It is a alternate world were the Islamic world is rich and progressive and Europe is backwards and poor. There is a group of people in Europe who want the old glory of their people to be restored and for faith to...

    Harry Turtledove is one of my favorite authors, however this book tried to do too many things at once; be a lightly disguised commentary on the religious terrorists today; an action novel; philosophical view of the world and mirroring the attitudes that Western peoples have regarding t...

    The religion changes, results are the same An alternate history not all that different from our own ? in Through Darkest Europe it?s the Muslim world which embraced science and knowledge and Christians putting religion above all else. Through Darkest Europe is a mirror image of ...

    This was a sold 3 stars--until the last 30 pages of the book, where it sank to a 2 1/2. I'm feeling generous this morning, so I'll still give it 3. :-) Harry Turtledove is noted for writing what's called "alternative history," in which some major difference in history results in a v...

    Normally, I am a huge fan of Harry Turtledove, but I do not follow his thought processes in this case. Most of Turtledove?s alternate history seems to explore how things might have gone differently if some pivotal event had happened in another manner. This novel almost seems like ...

    I really kind of disappointed. The set up of the novel is interesting. The Muslim world embraced secularism and science while Christian Europe because mired in backward religious thought, leading to a world where the civilized Arab world has to deal with powderkeg that is Europe. It...

    The civilised world has been rocked by a sudden surge of terrorism. Extremism has proliferated even in the countries in the shores of the Mediterranean, which are meant to be that bit more sophisticated than their hinterlands. Suicide bombers spread terror in the streets of previously ...

    Alternate history in which Thomas Aquinas wrote opposing science instead of supporting it and subsequently it was the Muslim world that developed technology, explored the western hemisphere and established republics. Now fundamentalist Christian terrorists are threatening Europe's slow...

    This is the closest I have seen of a modern thriller written by Harry Turtledove. You have two operatives sent from an advanced country to a land under siege by corruption, religious fanaticism, and leaders struggling to move their people forward into modern times while hanging onto th...

    "Through Darkest Europe" is Harry Turtledove's latest alternate-history novel, envisioning a world where Islam is the predominant religion and Christianity is pretty much confined to Europe. This Europe, though, is a culturally stunted backwater that is home to the Aquinists, a radical...

    I was so excited by this premise. I was hoping it was the start of a sprawling Turtledove saga that showcased the talent for thoughtful and ironic world-building that made me such a huge fan of his back in the early 2000s (Worldwar and Timeline 191 are fantastic examples of him at his ...

    I'm retired now, so I guess I'd better spend some time writing reviews. If I'd not read a few of the reviews before I read this one, I'd have been disappointed. I really like Turtledove's writing, but this one never seemed to get off the ground. The characters start out flat, and s...

    All in all Through Darkest Europe was a decent book. I loved the basic premise of a world where Europe had chosen fundamentalism over enlightenment and the Islamic world had progressed as the modern Western world had. I would have really liked to see more world development in this nove...

    I read Harry Turtledove as a teenager, and picked this up when I saw it at the library. It's similar to his works with which I'm more familiar (largely based in the US and in a world where the south won the civil war), but here the event happened hundreds of years prior to the events o...

    A topical novel that suffers from not having Turtledove's hallmark differing points-of-view. Being easier to read can't really make up for not getting the Christian fanatics' perspective. Also the Republican Sultanate of the Maghrib is really too nice and too close to Italy to make for...

    Always a sucker for alternate history fiction, and this is another take on what the War on Terror would be like if the circumstances were reversed. It's been done, but Harry Turtledove always makes his content interesting. Having Aquinists rather than Wahabis be the source of radicalis...

  • Shane Jardine
    Oct 02, 2018

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

  • Tim
    Jun 22, 2019

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...

    I find this book to be a very lazy attempt to slam what's going on now into opposing sides. It tries to make the Arab world what the west is, complete with the former being modern in everything from women's rights to eating and drinking habits whereas Europe (while having no issue with...

    Through Darkest Europe is a alt-history book written by Harry Turtledove. It is a alternate world were the Islamic world is rich and progressive and Europe is backwards and poor. There is a group of people in Europe who want the old glory of their people to be restored and for faith to...

    Harry Turtledove is one of my favorite authors, however this book tried to do too many things at once; be a lightly disguised commentary on the religious terrorists today; an action novel; philosophical view of the world and mirroring the attitudes that Western peoples have regarding t...

    The religion changes, results are the same An alternate history not all that different from our own ? in Through Darkest Europe it?s the Muslim world which embraced science and knowledge and Christians putting religion above all else. Through Darkest Europe is a mirror image of ...

    This was a sold 3 stars--until the last 30 pages of the book, where it sank to a 2 1/2. I'm feeling generous this morning, so I'll still give it 3. :-) Harry Turtledove is noted for writing what's called "alternative history," in which some major difference in history results in a v...

    Normally, I am a huge fan of Harry Turtledove, but I do not follow his thought processes in this case. Most of Turtledove?s alternate history seems to explore how things might have gone differently if some pivotal event had happened in another manner. This novel almost seems like ...

    I really kind of disappointed. The set up of the novel is interesting. The Muslim world embraced secularism and science while Christian Europe because mired in backward religious thought, leading to a world where the civilized Arab world has to deal with powderkeg that is Europe. It...

    The civilised world has been rocked by a sudden surge of terrorism. Extremism has proliferated even in the countries in the shores of the Mediterranean, which are meant to be that bit more sophisticated than their hinterlands. Suicide bombers spread terror in the streets of previously ...

    Alternate history in which Thomas Aquinas wrote opposing science instead of supporting it and subsequently it was the Muslim world that developed technology, explored the western hemisphere and established republics. Now fundamentalist Christian terrorists are threatening Europe's slow...

    This is the closest I have seen of a modern thriller written by Harry Turtledove. You have two operatives sent from an advanced country to a land under siege by corruption, religious fanaticism, and leaders struggling to move their people forward into modern times while hanging onto th...

    "Through Darkest Europe" is Harry Turtledove's latest alternate-history novel, envisioning a world where Islam is the predominant religion and Christianity is pretty much confined to Europe. This Europe, though, is a culturally stunted backwater that is home to the Aquinists, a radical...

    I was so excited by this premise. I was hoping it was the start of a sprawling Turtledove saga that showcased the talent for thoughtful and ironic world-building that made me such a huge fan of his back in the early 2000s (Worldwar and Timeline 191 are fantastic examples of him at his ...

    I'm retired now, so I guess I'd better spend some time writing reviews. If I'd not read a few of the reviews before I read this one, I'd have been disappointed. I really like Turtledove's writing, but this one never seemed to get off the ground. The characters start out flat, and s...

  • Nancy
    Jan 05, 2019

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

  • Alexia Cambaling
    Aug 28, 2018

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

  • Bookwraiths
    Aug 06, 2018

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

  • Frank Hofer
    Oct 19, 2018

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...

    I find this book to be a very lazy attempt to slam what's going on now into opposing sides. It tries to make the Arab world what the west is, complete with the former being modern in everything from women's rights to eating and drinking habits whereas Europe (while having no issue with...

    Through Darkest Europe is a alt-history book written by Harry Turtledove. It is a alternate world were the Islamic world is rich and progressive and Europe is backwards and poor. There is a group of people in Europe who want the old glory of their people to be restored and for faith to...

    Harry Turtledove is one of my favorite authors, however this book tried to do too many things at once; be a lightly disguised commentary on the religious terrorists today; an action novel; philosophical view of the world and mirroring the attitudes that Western peoples have regarding t...

    The religion changes, results are the same An alternate history not all that different from our own ? in Through Darkest Europe it?s the Muslim world which embraced science and knowledge and Christians putting religion above all else. Through Darkest Europe is a mirror image of ...

  • The Idle Woman
    Oct 21, 2018

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...

    I find this book to be a very lazy attempt to slam what's going on now into opposing sides. It tries to make the Arab world what the west is, complete with the former being modern in everything from women's rights to eating and drinking habits whereas Europe (while having no issue with...

    Through Darkest Europe is a alt-history book written by Harry Turtledove. It is a alternate world were the Islamic world is rich and progressive and Europe is backwards and poor. There is a group of people in Europe who want the old glory of their people to be restored and for faith to...

    Harry Turtledove is one of my favorite authors, however this book tried to do too many things at once; be a lightly disguised commentary on the religious terrorists today; an action novel; philosophical view of the world and mirroring the attitudes that Western peoples have regarding t...

    The religion changes, results are the same An alternate history not all that different from our own ? in Through Darkest Europe it?s the Muslim world which embraced science and knowledge and Christians putting religion above all else. Through Darkest Europe is a mirror image of ...

    This was a sold 3 stars--until the last 30 pages of the book, where it sank to a 2 1/2. I'm feeling generous this morning, so I'll still give it 3. :-) Harry Turtledove is noted for writing what's called "alternative history," in which some major difference in history results in a v...

    Normally, I am a huge fan of Harry Turtledove, but I do not follow his thought processes in this case. Most of Turtledove?s alternate history seems to explore how things might have gone differently if some pivotal event had happened in another manner. This novel almost seems like ...

    I really kind of disappointed. The set up of the novel is interesting. The Muslim world embraced secularism and science while Christian Europe because mired in backward religious thought, leading to a world where the civilized Arab world has to deal with powderkeg that is Europe. It...

    The civilised world has been rocked by a sudden surge of terrorism. Extremism has proliferated even in the countries in the shores of the Mediterranean, which are meant to be that bit more sophisticated than their hinterlands. Suicide bombers spread terror in the streets of previously ...

  • Jenia
    Sep 23, 2018

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

  • James Tullos
    Oct 10, 2018

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

  • Craig Pearson
    Jul 20, 2018

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

  • James Murphy
    Sep 22, 2019

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...

    I find this book to be a very lazy attempt to slam what's going on now into opposing sides. It tries to make the Arab world what the west is, complete with the former being modern in everything from women's rights to eating and drinking habits whereas Europe (while having no issue with...

    Through Darkest Europe is a alt-history book written by Harry Turtledove. It is a alternate world were the Islamic world is rich and progressive and Europe is backwards and poor. There is a group of people in Europe who want the old glory of their people to be restored and for faith to...

    Harry Turtledove is one of my favorite authors, however this book tried to do too many things at once; be a lightly disguised commentary on the religious terrorists today; an action novel; philosophical view of the world and mirroring the attitudes that Western peoples have regarding t...

    The religion changes, results are the same An alternate history not all that different from our own ? in Through Darkest Europe it?s the Muslim world which embraced science and knowledge and Christians putting religion above all else. Through Darkest Europe is a mirror image of ...

    This was a sold 3 stars--until the last 30 pages of the book, where it sank to a 2 1/2. I'm feeling generous this morning, so I'll still give it 3. :-) Harry Turtledove is noted for writing what's called "alternative history," in which some major difference in history results in a v...

    Normally, I am a huge fan of Harry Turtledove, but I do not follow his thought processes in this case. Most of Turtledove?s alternate history seems to explore how things might have gone differently if some pivotal event had happened in another manner. This novel almost seems like ...

    I really kind of disappointed. The set up of the novel is interesting. The Muslim world embraced secularism and science while Christian Europe because mired in backward religious thought, leading to a world where the civilized Arab world has to deal with powderkeg that is Europe. It...

    The civilised world has been rocked by a sudden surge of terrorism. Extremism has proliferated even in the countries in the shores of the Mediterranean, which are meant to be that bit more sophisticated than their hinterlands. Suicide bombers spread terror in the streets of previously ...

    Alternate history in which Thomas Aquinas wrote opposing science instead of supporting it and subsequently it was the Muslim world that developed technology, explored the western hemisphere and established republics. Now fundamentalist Christian terrorists are threatening Europe's slow...

    This is the closest I have seen of a modern thriller written by Harry Turtledove. You have two operatives sent from an advanced country to a land under siege by corruption, religious fanaticism, and leaders struggling to move their people forward into modern times while hanging onto th...

    "Through Darkest Europe" is Harry Turtledove's latest alternate-history novel, envisioning a world where Islam is the predominant religion and Christianity is pretty much confined to Europe. This Europe, though, is a culturally stunted backwater that is home to the Aquinists, a radical...

  • Chris Hart
    Nov 08, 2018

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...

    I find this book to be a very lazy attempt to slam what's going on now into opposing sides. It tries to make the Arab world what the west is, complete with the former being modern in everything from women's rights to eating and drinking habits whereas Europe (while having no issue with...

    Through Darkest Europe is a alt-history book written by Harry Turtledove. It is a alternate world were the Islamic world is rich and progressive and Europe is backwards and poor. There is a group of people in Europe who want the old glory of their people to be restored and for faith to...

    Harry Turtledove is one of my favorite authors, however this book tried to do too many things at once; be a lightly disguised commentary on the religious terrorists today; an action novel; philosophical view of the world and mirroring the attitudes that Western peoples have regarding t...

    The religion changes, results are the same An alternate history not all that different from our own ? in Through Darkest Europe it?s the Muslim world which embraced science and knowledge and Christians putting religion above all else. Through Darkest Europe is a mirror image of ...

    This was a sold 3 stars--until the last 30 pages of the book, where it sank to a 2 1/2. I'm feeling generous this morning, so I'll still give it 3. :-) Harry Turtledove is noted for writing what's called "alternative history," in which some major difference in history results in a v...

  • Steve Leitch
    Sep 28, 2018

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...

    I find this book to be a very lazy attempt to slam what's going on now into opposing sides. It tries to make the Arab world what the west is, complete with the former being modern in everything from women's rights to eating and drinking habits whereas Europe (while having no issue with...

    Through Darkest Europe is a alt-history book written by Harry Turtledove. It is a alternate world were the Islamic world is rich and progressive and Europe is backwards and poor. There is a group of people in Europe who want the old glory of their people to be restored and for faith to...

    Harry Turtledove is one of my favorite authors, however this book tried to do too many things at once; be a lightly disguised commentary on the religious terrorists today; an action novel; philosophical view of the world and mirroring the attitudes that Western peoples have regarding t...

    The religion changes, results are the same An alternate history not all that different from our own ? in Through Darkest Europe it?s the Muslim world which embraced science and knowledge and Christians putting religion above all else. Through Darkest Europe is a mirror image of ...

    This was a sold 3 stars--until the last 30 pages of the book, where it sank to a 2 1/2. I'm feeling generous this morning, so I'll still give it 3. :-) Harry Turtledove is noted for writing what's called "alternative history," in which some major difference in history results in a v...

    Normally, I am a huge fan of Harry Turtledove, but I do not follow his thought processes in this case. Most of Turtledove?s alternate history seems to explore how things might have gone differently if some pivotal event had happened in another manner. This novel almost seems like ...

  • Geri F
    Oct 07, 2018

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...

    I find this book to be a very lazy attempt to slam what's going on now into opposing sides. It tries to make the Arab world what the west is, complete with the former being modern in everything from women's rights to eating and drinking habits whereas Europe (while having no issue with...

    Through Darkest Europe is a alt-history book written by Harry Turtledove. It is a alternate world were the Islamic world is rich and progressive and Europe is backwards and poor. There is a group of people in Europe who want the old glory of their people to be restored and for faith to...

    Harry Turtledove is one of my favorite authors, however this book tried to do too many things at once; be a lightly disguised commentary on the religious terrorists today; an action novel; philosophical view of the world and mirroring the attitudes that Western peoples have regarding t...

  • John Purvis
    Sep 11, 2018

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

  • Douglas Berry
    Jan 03, 2019

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...

    I find this book to be a very lazy attempt to slam what's going on now into opposing sides. It tries to make the Arab world what the west is, complete with the former being modern in everything from women's rights to eating and drinking habits whereas Europe (while having no issue with...

    Through Darkest Europe is a alt-history book written by Harry Turtledove. It is a alternate world were the Islamic world is rich and progressive and Europe is backwards and poor. There is a group of people in Europe who want the old glory of their people to be restored and for faith to...

    Harry Turtledove is one of my favorite authors, however this book tried to do too many things at once; be a lightly disguised commentary on the religious terrorists today; an action novel; philosophical view of the world and mirroring the attitudes that Western peoples have regarding t...

    The religion changes, results are the same An alternate history not all that different from our own ? in Through Darkest Europe it?s the Muslim world which embraced science and knowledge and Christians putting religion above all else. Through Darkest Europe is a mirror image of ...

    This was a sold 3 stars--until the last 30 pages of the book, where it sank to a 2 1/2. I'm feeling generous this morning, so I'll still give it 3. :-) Harry Turtledove is noted for writing what's called "alternative history," in which some major difference in history results in a v...

    Normally, I am a huge fan of Harry Turtledove, but I do not follow his thought processes in this case. Most of Turtledove?s alternate history seems to explore how things might have gone differently if some pivotal event had happened in another manner. This novel almost seems like ...

    I really kind of disappointed. The set up of the novel is interesting. The Muslim world embraced secularism and science while Christian Europe because mired in backward religious thought, leading to a world where the civilized Arab world has to deal with powderkeg that is Europe. It...

  • Michael Jarrell
    Jan 09, 2019

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...

    I find this book to be a very lazy attempt to slam what's going on now into opposing sides. It tries to make the Arab world what the west is, complete with the former being modern in everything from women's rights to eating and drinking habits whereas Europe (while having no issue with...

    Through Darkest Europe is a alt-history book written by Harry Turtledove. It is a alternate world were the Islamic world is rich and progressive and Europe is backwards and poor. There is a group of people in Europe who want the old glory of their people to be restored and for faith to...

    Harry Turtledove is one of my favorite authors, however this book tried to do too many things at once; be a lightly disguised commentary on the religious terrorists today; an action novel; philosophical view of the world and mirroring the attitudes that Western peoples have regarding t...

    The religion changes, results are the same An alternate history not all that different from our own ? in Through Darkest Europe it?s the Muslim world which embraced science and knowledge and Christians putting religion above all else. Through Darkest Europe is a mirror image of ...

    This was a sold 3 stars--until the last 30 pages of the book, where it sank to a 2 1/2. I'm feeling generous this morning, so I'll still give it 3. :-) Harry Turtledove is noted for writing what's called "alternative history," in which some major difference in history results in a v...

    Normally, I am a huge fan of Harry Turtledove, but I do not follow his thought processes in this case. Most of Turtledove?s alternate history seems to explore how things might have gone differently if some pivotal event had happened in another manner. This novel almost seems like ...

    I really kind of disappointed. The set up of the novel is interesting. The Muslim world embraced secularism and science while Christian Europe because mired in backward religious thought, leading to a world where the civilized Arab world has to deal with powderkeg that is Europe. It...

    The civilised world has been rocked by a sudden surge of terrorism. Extremism has proliferated even in the countries in the shores of the Mediterranean, which are meant to be that bit more sophisticated than their hinterlands. Suicide bombers spread terror in the streets of previously ...

    Alternate history in which Thomas Aquinas wrote opposing science instead of supporting it and subsequently it was the Muslim world that developed technology, explored the western hemisphere and established republics. Now fundamentalist Christian terrorists are threatening Europe's slow...

    This is the closest I have seen of a modern thriller written by Harry Turtledove. You have two operatives sent from an advanced country to a land under siege by corruption, religious fanaticism, and leaders struggling to move their people forward into modern times while hanging onto th...

    "Through Darkest Europe" is Harry Turtledove's latest alternate-history novel, envisioning a world where Islam is the predominant religion and Christianity is pretty much confined to Europe. This Europe, though, is a culturally stunted backwater that is home to the Aquinists, a radical...

    I was so excited by this premise. I was hoping it was the start of a sprawling Turtledove saga that showcased the talent for thoughtful and ironic world-building that made me such a huge fan of his back in the early 2000s (Worldwar and Timeline 191 are fantastic examples of him at his ...

    I'm retired now, so I guess I'd better spend some time writing reviews. If I'd not read a few of the reviews before I read this one, I'd have been disappointed. I really like Turtledove's writing, but this one never seemed to get off the ground. The characters start out flat, and s...

    All in all Through Darkest Europe was a decent book. I loved the basic premise of a world where Europe had chosen fundamentalism over enlightenment and the Islamic world had progressed as the modern Western world had. I would have really liked to see more world development in this nove...

  • Blind Mapmaker
    Jan 31, 2019

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...

    I find this book to be a very lazy attempt to slam what's going on now into opposing sides. It tries to make the Arab world what the west is, complete with the former being modern in everything from women's rights to eating and drinking habits whereas Europe (while having no issue with...

    Through Darkest Europe is a alt-history book written by Harry Turtledove. It is a alternate world were the Islamic world is rich and progressive and Europe is backwards and poor. There is a group of people in Europe who want the old glory of their people to be restored and for faith to...

    Harry Turtledove is one of my favorite authors, however this book tried to do too many things at once; be a lightly disguised commentary on the religious terrorists today; an action novel; philosophical view of the world and mirroring the attitudes that Western peoples have regarding t...

    The religion changes, results are the same An alternate history not all that different from our own ? in Through Darkest Europe it?s the Muslim world which embraced science and knowledge and Christians putting religion above all else. Through Darkest Europe is a mirror image of ...

    This was a sold 3 stars--until the last 30 pages of the book, where it sank to a 2 1/2. I'm feeling generous this morning, so I'll still give it 3. :-) Harry Turtledove is noted for writing what's called "alternative history," in which some major difference in history results in a v...

    Normally, I am a huge fan of Harry Turtledove, but I do not follow his thought processes in this case. Most of Turtledove?s alternate history seems to explore how things might have gone differently if some pivotal event had happened in another manner. This novel almost seems like ...

    I really kind of disappointed. The set up of the novel is interesting. The Muslim world embraced secularism and science while Christian Europe because mired in backward religious thought, leading to a world where the civilized Arab world has to deal with powderkeg that is Europe. It...

    The civilised world has been rocked by a sudden surge of terrorism. Extremism has proliferated even in the countries in the shores of the Mediterranean, which are meant to be that bit more sophisticated than their hinterlands. Suicide bombers spread terror in the streets of previously ...

    Alternate history in which Thomas Aquinas wrote opposing science instead of supporting it and subsequently it was the Muslim world that developed technology, explored the western hemisphere and established republics. Now fundamentalist Christian terrorists are threatening Europe's slow...

    This is the closest I have seen of a modern thriller written by Harry Turtledove. You have two operatives sent from an advanced country to a land under siege by corruption, religious fanaticism, and leaders struggling to move their people forward into modern times while hanging onto th...

    "Through Darkest Europe" is Harry Turtledove's latest alternate-history novel, envisioning a world where Islam is the predominant religion and Christianity is pretty much confined to Europe. This Europe, though, is a culturally stunted backwater that is home to the Aquinists, a radical...

    I was so excited by this premise. I was hoping it was the start of a sprawling Turtledove saga that showcased the talent for thoughtful and ironic world-building that made me such a huge fan of his back in the early 2000s (Worldwar and Timeline 191 are fantastic examples of him at his ...

    I'm retired now, so I guess I'd better spend some time writing reviews. If I'd not read a few of the reviews before I read this one, I'd have been disappointed. I really like Turtledove's writing, but this one never seemed to get off the ground. The characters start out flat, and s...

    All in all Through Darkest Europe was a decent book. I loved the basic premise of a world where Europe had chosen fundamentalism over enlightenment and the Islamic world had progressed as the modern Western world had. I would have really liked to see more world development in this nove...

    I read Harry Turtledove as a teenager, and picked this up when I saw it at the library. It's similar to his works with which I'm more familiar (largely based in the US and in a world where the south won the civil war), but here the event happened hundreds of years prior to the events o...

    A topical novel that suffers from not having Turtledove's hallmark differing points-of-view. Being easier to read can't really make up for not getting the Christian fanatics' perspective. Also the Republican Sultanate of the Maghrib is really too nice and too close to Italy to make for...

  • Cynthia Dalton
    Oct 17, 2018

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...

    I find this book to be a very lazy attempt to slam what's going on now into opposing sides. It tries to make the Arab world what the west is, complete with the former being modern in everything from women's rights to eating and drinking habits whereas Europe (while having no issue with...

    Through Darkest Europe is a alt-history book written by Harry Turtledove. It is a alternate world were the Islamic world is rich and progressive and Europe is backwards and poor. There is a group of people in Europe who want the old glory of their people to be restored and for faith to...

    Harry Turtledove is one of my favorite authors, however this book tried to do too many things at once; be a lightly disguised commentary on the religious terrorists today; an action novel; philosophical view of the world and mirroring the attitudes that Western peoples have regarding t...

    The religion changes, results are the same An alternate history not all that different from our own ? in Through Darkest Europe it?s the Muslim world which embraced science and knowledge and Christians putting religion above all else. Through Darkest Europe is a mirror image of ...

    This was a sold 3 stars--until the last 30 pages of the book, where it sank to a 2 1/2. I'm feeling generous this morning, so I'll still give it 3. :-) Harry Turtledove is noted for writing what's called "alternative history," in which some major difference in history results in a v...

    Normally, I am a huge fan of Harry Turtledove, but I do not follow his thought processes in this case. Most of Turtledove?s alternate history seems to explore how things might have gone differently if some pivotal event had happened in another manner. This novel almost seems like ...

    I really kind of disappointed. The set up of the novel is interesting. The Muslim world embraced secularism and science while Christian Europe because mired in backward religious thought, leading to a world where the civilized Arab world has to deal with powderkeg that is Europe. It...

    The civilised world has been rocked by a sudden surge of terrorism. Extremism has proliferated even in the countries in the shores of the Mediterranean, which are meant to be that bit more sophisticated than their hinterlands. Suicide bombers spread terror in the streets of previously ...

    Alternate history in which Thomas Aquinas wrote opposing science instead of supporting it and subsequently it was the Muslim world that developed technology, explored the western hemisphere and established republics. Now fundamentalist Christian terrorists are threatening Europe's slow...

  • Mason B
    Dec 20, 2018

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...

    I find this book to be a very lazy attempt to slam what's going on now into opposing sides. It tries to make the Arab world what the west is, complete with the former being modern in everything from women's rights to eating and drinking habits whereas Europe (while having no issue with...

    Through Darkest Europe is a alt-history book written by Harry Turtledove. It is a alternate world were the Islamic world is rich and progressive and Europe is backwards and poor. There is a group of people in Europe who want the old glory of their people to be restored and for faith to...

  • Jim Curtin
    Feb 11, 2019

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...

    I find this book to be a very lazy attempt to slam what's going on now into opposing sides. It tries to make the Arab world what the west is, complete with the former being modern in everything from women's rights to eating and drinking habits whereas Europe (while having no issue with...

    Through Darkest Europe is a alt-history book written by Harry Turtledove. It is a alternate world were the Islamic world is rich and progressive and Europe is backwards and poor. There is a group of people in Europe who want the old glory of their people to be restored and for faith to...

    Harry Turtledove is one of my favorite authors, however this book tried to do too many things at once; be a lightly disguised commentary on the religious terrorists today; an action novel; philosophical view of the world and mirroring the attitudes that Western peoples have regarding t...

    The religion changes, results are the same An alternate history not all that different from our own ? in Through Darkest Europe it?s the Muslim world which embraced science and knowledge and Christians putting religion above all else. Through Darkest Europe is a mirror image of ...

    This was a sold 3 stars--until the last 30 pages of the book, where it sank to a 2 1/2. I'm feeling generous this morning, so I'll still give it 3. :-) Harry Turtledove is noted for writing what's called "alternative history," in which some major difference in history results in a v...

    Normally, I am a huge fan of Harry Turtledove, but I do not follow his thought processes in this case. Most of Turtledove?s alternate history seems to explore how things might have gone differently if some pivotal event had happened in another manner. This novel almost seems like ...

    I really kind of disappointed. The set up of the novel is interesting. The Muslim world embraced secularism and science while Christian Europe because mired in backward religious thought, leading to a world where the civilized Arab world has to deal with powderkeg that is Europe. It...

    The civilised world has been rocked by a sudden surge of terrorism. Extremism has proliferated even in the countries in the shores of the Mediterranean, which are meant to be that bit more sophisticated than their hinterlands. Suicide bombers spread terror in the streets of previously ...

    Alternate history in which Thomas Aquinas wrote opposing science instead of supporting it and subsequently it was the Muslim world that developed technology, explored the western hemisphere and established republics. Now fundamentalist Christian terrorists are threatening Europe's slow...

    This is the closest I have seen of a modern thriller written by Harry Turtledove. You have two operatives sent from an advanced country to a land under siege by corruption, religious fanaticism, and leaders struggling to move their people forward into modern times while hanging onto th...

    "Through Darkest Europe" is Harry Turtledove's latest alternate-history novel, envisioning a world where Islam is the predominant religion and Christianity is pretty much confined to Europe. This Europe, though, is a culturally stunted backwater that is home to the Aquinists, a radical...

    I was so excited by this premise. I was hoping it was the start of a sprawling Turtledove saga that showcased the talent for thoughtful and ironic world-building that made me such a huge fan of his back in the early 2000s (Worldwar and Timeline 191 are fantastic examples of him at his ...

    I'm retired now, so I guess I'd better spend some time writing reviews. If I'd not read a few of the reviews before I read this one, I'd have been disappointed. I really like Turtledove's writing, but this one never seemed to get off the ground. The characters start out flat, and s...

    All in all Through Darkest Europe was a decent book. I loved the basic premise of a world where Europe had chosen fundamentalism over enlightenment and the Islamic world had progressed as the modern Western world had. I would have really liked to see more world development in this nove...

    I read Harry Turtledove as a teenager, and picked this up when I saw it at the library. It's similar to his works with which I'm more familiar (largely based in the US and in a world where the south won the civil war), but here the event happened hundreds of years prior to the events o...

  • Jay Gabriel
    Jun 15, 2019

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...

    I find this book to be a very lazy attempt to slam what's going on now into opposing sides. It tries to make the Arab world what the west is, complete with the former being modern in everything from women's rights to eating and drinking habits whereas Europe (while having no issue with...

    Through Darkest Europe is a alt-history book written by Harry Turtledove. It is a alternate world were the Islamic world is rich and progressive and Europe is backwards and poor. There is a group of people in Europe who want the old glory of their people to be restored and for faith to...

    Harry Turtledove is one of my favorite authors, however this book tried to do too many things at once; be a lightly disguised commentary on the religious terrorists today; an action novel; philosophical view of the world and mirroring the attitudes that Western peoples have regarding t...

    The religion changes, results are the same An alternate history not all that different from our own ? in Through Darkest Europe it?s the Muslim world which embraced science and knowledge and Christians putting religion above all else. Through Darkest Europe is a mirror image of ...

    This was a sold 3 stars--until the last 30 pages of the book, where it sank to a 2 1/2. I'm feeling generous this morning, so I'll still give it 3. :-) Harry Turtledove is noted for writing what's called "alternative history," in which some major difference in history results in a v...

    Normally, I am a huge fan of Harry Turtledove, but I do not follow his thought processes in this case. Most of Turtledove?s alternate history seems to explore how things might have gone differently if some pivotal event had happened in another manner. This novel almost seems like ...

    I really kind of disappointed. The set up of the novel is interesting. The Muslim world embraced secularism and science while Christian Europe because mired in backward religious thought, leading to a world where the civilized Arab world has to deal with powderkeg that is Europe. It...

    The civilised world has been rocked by a sudden surge of terrorism. Extremism has proliferated even in the countries in the shores of the Mediterranean, which are meant to be that bit more sophisticated than their hinterlands. Suicide bombers spread terror in the streets of previously ...

    Alternate history in which Thomas Aquinas wrote opposing science instead of supporting it and subsequently it was the Muslim world that developed technology, explored the western hemisphere and established republics. Now fundamentalist Christian terrorists are threatening Europe's slow...

    This is the closest I have seen of a modern thriller written by Harry Turtledove. You have two operatives sent from an advanced country to a land under siege by corruption, religious fanaticism, and leaders struggling to move their people forward into modern times while hanging onto th...

    "Through Darkest Europe" is Harry Turtledove's latest alternate-history novel, envisioning a world where Islam is the predominant religion and Christianity is pretty much confined to Europe. This Europe, though, is a culturally stunted backwater that is home to the Aquinists, a radical...

    I was so excited by this premise. I was hoping it was the start of a sprawling Turtledove saga that showcased the talent for thoughtful and ironic world-building that made me such a huge fan of his back in the early 2000s (Worldwar and Timeline 191 are fantastic examples of him at his ...

    I'm retired now, so I guess I'd better spend some time writing reviews. If I'd not read a few of the reviews before I read this one, I'd have been disappointed. I really like Turtledove's writing, but this one never seemed to get off the ground. The characters start out flat, and s...

    All in all Through Darkest Europe was a decent book. I loved the basic premise of a world where Europe had chosen fundamentalism over enlightenment and the Islamic world had progressed as the modern Western world had. I would have really liked to see more world development in this nove...

    I read Harry Turtledove as a teenager, and picked this up when I saw it at the library. It's similar to his works with which I'm more familiar (largely based in the US and in a world where the south won the civil war), but here the event happened hundreds of years prior to the events o...

    A topical novel that suffers from not having Turtledove's hallmark differing points-of-view. Being easier to read can't really make up for not getting the Christian fanatics' perspective. Also the Republican Sultanate of the Maghrib is really too nice and too close to Italy to make for...

    Always a sucker for alternate history fiction, and this is another take on what the War on Terror would be like if the circumstances were reversed. It's been done, but Harry Turtledove always makes his content interesting. Having Aquinists rather than Wahabis be the source of radicalis...

    Alt history where MENA counties constitute the world power. The book?s unstated premise goes something like this: What if Europe was the backward, illiberal shithole instead of the Arab world? For me, the effect is unpleasantly Eurocentric and racist. The theory of global disparity i...

  • Brentman99
    Jun 22, 2019

    Sad to say it, but this story was just boring. Mr. Turtledove forgot that in order to write a compelling social commentary you have to couple it with an interesting story. This time out he failed to deliver that. ...

    Through Darkest Europe is an Alternate Universe book with an interesting concept. It's also a book that, in my opinion, felt about 200 pages longer than it actually was, and should have been 200 pages shorter to really shine. The premise is that in this universe, the influential ...

    I received a digital advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Massive thanks to Tor Books! One day, one of my professors asked us to tell him something he didn?t know about us. I said that I?m writing an alternate history book so he suggested that I ...

    Imagine a world in which Europe never pulled itself out of the Middle Ages and the Arabic lands became the dominant culture, settling the Americas (the Sunset Lands). That is the alternate timeline in which Turtledove has set his newest novel. Europe is sliding into unprecedented ch...

    "Through Darkest Europe" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Harry Turtledove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_T...). Mr. Turtledove has published in excess of 100 novels.  I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and hon...

    An intriguing premise is spoiled by Turtledove's creaky, pedestrian writing style that seems to have gotten worse with each successive book. The premise is a world where the Islamic and Christian worlds are interchanged. Islamic countries are the progressive, modern democracies marked ...

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Normally a Turtledove book excites great anticipation. Alternative histories allow the author great latitude to devolp the story. This book describes how the great religions could have been. Unfortunately I could ...

    Often, when I read a Harry Turtledove novel, my response is "There but for the love of God go I." That reaction has rarely been more pronounced than when I read Through Darkest Europe, a novel that forces us to confront the fact that our privileged position in prosperous countries is r...

    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.com Alternate history is not usually a genre that I read all that often, but every now and then I?m sent or stumble across a book that just sounds far too interesting for me to ignore. Through Darkest Europe by Harry Turtledove was one of tho...

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/SLmon4piQCs This book was okay. There's not much else to say about it. It had an interesting premise, a decent plot, and bland characters. So it was just okay. Through Darkest Europe is an alternate history book that takes place in a wo...

    That's a big old DNF for me. I actually gave it longer than I should have. Can we start with the syntax and diction? He is constantly trying to use these 1 dollar words when 10 cent ones are there for the picking. It slows everything down and really pulled me out of the story. It do...

    Through Darkest Europe is Harry Turtledove's latest book with an alternative existence. Senior Investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi and his Jewish partner, Dawud ibn Musa, are sent to Italy to try and protect the Grand Duke and prevent the First World War. As the book jacket says, then the b...