The Blood Red City. Book Review

bloodTHE BLOOD RED CITY by Justin Richards
Del Rey, p/b, 400pp, £8.99
Reviewed by Matthew Johns

Richards’ second book in his The Never War trilogy returns to the time of the Second World War, and the Allies’ fight against not just the Nazis, but also the nefarious alien Vril. This time around, the action isn’t just confined to the UK and mainland Europe, the war is taken to the United States – on both fronts. With Pearl Harbour still a very recent attack, incursions by the Vril into the US to find ancient artefacts gain the attention of the American secret services, especially when Guy Pentecross and the team at Station Z are involved. Pentecross and team are in a race against time to stop the Vril from finding artefacts that will wake up the entire slumbering Vril race and see the Earth enslaved.

Richards has created a truly compelling read – while the phrase “page turner” is often employed with wild abandon in the publishing world, when you’re talking about his work, it really does apply. The interaction of the characters, the level of detail around the events of the Second World War, the alien Vril and the gripping action keep the reader engaged throughout.