Sun, 1 March 2015
For us it's hard to believe that we've made it to the big 50: that's 50 books we've read over the course of of about four years. Coincidentally, our 50th episode occurred just at the perfect moment for an annual "live recording" at Gallifrey One and, per tradition, we asked a friend along to cohost. This year we're happy to be joined by Felicity Kusinitz, who selected Lance Parkin's Just War, a Virgin New Adventure featuring the Seventh Doctor, Benny, Roz, and Chris. From the back cover:
'Tomorrow belongs to us, not you. If you were really from the future, Miss Summerfield, you would be a Nazi.'
March 1941: Britain's darkest hour. The Nazis occupy British soil and British citizens are being deported to European concentration camps. Six thousand people a month are dying in air raids on London. The United States show no sign of entering the war.
According to the Doctor, this isn't a parallel universe, it isn't an alternate timeline, and everything is running according to schedule. But now something, somewhere, has gone wrong. The Nazis are building a secret weapon, one that will have a decisive effect on the outcome of the war. Chris thinks it's a UFO, while Roz believes that the Luftwaffe have developed the largest bomber ever built. Only Benny may have seen the mysterious craft - but she's disappeared off the face of the Earth.
Just War is Parkin's first novel, and he wrote it while studying for his MA in Post-War English Fiction. This is his fourth novel that we've read by Parkin, the others being The Infinity Doctors, Cold Fusion, and The Dying Days.
Kick back, pour yourself a tall glass of German beer, and listen in as we discuss Lance Parkin's Just War.
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