The Unfolded World is a bitter and unfriendly place for Daniel Carter and Emily Lovecraft. In this world the Cold War never happened because the Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1941. In this world the Nazi Großdeutschland is the premier superpower and is not merely tolerated but indulged because, in this world, the Holocaust happened behind the ruins of the Iron Curtain and consumed only Bolsheviks, Communists, and others the West was glad to see gone. In this world there are monsters, and not all of them are human.
But even in the Unfolded World, there are still bills to pay and jobs to do. Carter finds himself working for the German secret security service to uncover the truth behind a major scientific joint project that is going suspiciously well. The trail takes Lovecraft and him to a distant, abandoned island and a conspiracy that threatens everything. To fight it, Lovecraft must walk a perilously narrow path between forbidden knowledge and soul-destroying insanity.
Fortunately, she also has a shotgun.
This dark, captivating audiobook will send listeners into a twisted version of the world they will be thankful not to inhabit.
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By Marcus on 09-03-18
A bit aimless after the first
The cliffhanger from book 1 is immediately resumed in this second installation and we get to see what life is like on the other side of the fold.
Sadly, aside from the cool "oh, it's like THIS over here", there's not much interesting about it. It boils down to the Nazis never lost and the US treats them as equals.
Most of the story revolves around Carter & Lovecraft bumbling from one fateful encounter to another while being obviously manipulated from afar.
Although much DOES happen in this book, it doesn't feel like anything has really happened at all. We know a smidgen (and the tiniest of smidgens it is) more about what's going on behind the scenes, and Lovecraft grows a bit more into her own as a useful character (beyond being book smart). Carter, unfortunately, is pretty much the same, and is surprisingly incompetent in many situations which his background would lead you to believe he shouldn't be.
No cliffhanger here, just an obvious opening to anoher entry that I think I'll likely pass on.
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By S. Yates on 17-11-17
Fantastic fun, eldritch horrors, and a cliffhanger
Second entry in the series and it opens with a doozy -- WWII mostly averted by the destruction of Moscow by the Nazis. Which means our eponymous protagonists (Carter &amp; Lovecraft) live in an alternative reality where the Nazis are a few decades into that promised thousand year Third Reich, the US never entered the war, Japan was never bombed, their was no Holocaust against the Jews but rather one against Bolsheviks and Communists, and Britain faded away without the heroics of that Great War (and thus the world is without the James Bond films). In this Unfolded World things are simultaneously similar and jarringly different -- there hadn't been the massive awakening for social justice without the impetus of the Holocaust, so wandering around the streets of America people look at you in horror if you use the &quot;n word,&quot; only in this world the n word is Nazi (it's rude to call someone that just because they are in the party). Germany is an ally of the US and the great world power, and the US never rose to dominance and sadly never made it to television's golden age (much to Carter's dismay).
Carter &amp; Lovecraft are making their way in this world, the former continuing as a PI and the latter still owner of a bookshop in the Unfolded World's version of Providence (Arkham). Yet again, the inhuman and ever-smiling Weston shows up and sets into motion another adventure, this time implicating German special agents, super-advanced science, and cosmic horrors. The book ends neatly, but with plenty of promise for another entry. Though left in the Unfolded World, there may be powers and knowledge in reach to return home. Now readers just have to wait patiently for Howard to deliver again.
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