The Violent Century

The Violent Century

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"They never meant to be heroes. For seventy years they guarded the British Empire. Oblivion and Fogg, inseparable friends, bound together by a shared fate. Until one night in Berlin, in the aftermath of the Second World War, and a secret that tore them apart. But there must always be an account...and the past has a habit of catching up to the present. Now, recalled to the Retirement Bureau from which no one can retire, Fogg and Oblivion must face up to a past of terrible war and unacknowledged heroism, - a life of dusty corridors and secret rooms, of furtive meetings and blood-stained fields - to answer one last, impossible question: What makes a hero?"--
Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press,, 2015
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781250064493
125006449X
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 362 pages ; 25 cm

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jessica_ebacher
Jan 03, 2016

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

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