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Grudge: Operation Highjump

Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
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In 1946 the United States Navy conducted Operation Highjump, an expedition to evaluate the effect of extreme Antarctic cold on US equipment. However, their true purpose remains shrouded in mystery. Were the reports of Nazi activity on the Southern Continent accurate?

After engaging unknown forces in aerial combat, weather forced the Navy to abandon operations. Undeterred, the US returned every Antarctic summer until escalating tensions in Southeast Asia forced the government to secretly detonate three nuclear warheads over the continent in 1958. With the threat eliminated, the files were sealed and forgotten by all but the men who fought there.

Now the enemy has returned with a genetically superior army, indoctrinated from birth to hate Americans for their savagery, and they're intent on exacting revenge for the loss of their homeland and banishment to the icy wastes.

©2017 Brian L. Parker (P)2017 Brian L Parker

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This is a sh***y mess any way you want to cut it.

Hitler didn't die in Berlin in 1945 but in Antarctica a year later, suffering from gout from the over consumption of meat and a massive heart attack brought on by anger at the slow progression of his plans. This alternate history, science fiction, ultra fast action, cartoonesque military farce starts at a run and just keeps getting swifter. Suspension of disbelief? - no, just throw away any idea of sanity and hold on tight.

Narration is by Roberto Scarlato, who provides an excellently fluid and we'll intimated reading with each protagonist individually vkiced. A good performance, though slightly too slow for this reader: dialling up the playback speed to 1.25 quickly resolved that problem.

This is a bizarre book and could well be the opening volume of a new series. I have to thank the rights holder of Grudge, who, at my request via Audiobook Boom, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. It started well despite the numerous leaps in place and time, drawing me in with it's secret conspiracy ideas, but lost me as everything seemed to come apart - more dream than S.F. I doubt that I will bother to read on should a next book become avaiable. Recommend it? Not really, but there are sure to be plenty out there to whom this sardonic annihilation would appeal.

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  • Christine Newton
  • 29-08-19

3.5* - series or standalone?

There was nothing in the title or description that indicated this was the first book of a series, but I felt that things didn't wrap up quite neatly enough to be a standalone. If you are a fan of military fantasy fiction, this will definitely appeal to you because nearly all of the characters are military personnel (good guys or bad guys). You don't have to be well-versed in WWII history, either - the author does a good job of explaining terms and concepts. The author also does a good job at making some of the bad guys sympathetic characters rather than truly evil scumbags.

There are a few reasons why I didn't give this story a higher rating. First, I didn't understand the connection between the Nazis and the UFOs clearly enough. This is why I think this book might be part of a larger series (hoping that the connection will be fleshed out in future installments). Second, there were characters that were given a lot of significance throughout the story but I couldn't quite figure out why because they didn't do or say anything of importance in the later part of the book. Again, I'm assuming that these characters will be important in future volumes, but I couldn't understand why they were so important during the second half of the book. Third, unless I missed it, I'm not sure why Germany or other countries didn't provide more assistance to the United States. Fourth, the last scene with the President, hearing his thought processes, was kind of sinister and creepy - again, this makes me think that this is more than a standalone story. Finally, I think it would have been cool to have incorporated a sideplot involving American neo-Nazis, it would have been interesting for them to figure out whose side they were on. I won't quibble about conflating Nazis and the Wehrmacht, but I suspect that WWII history geeks might have some thoughts about that. Anyway, since I'm still not sure if this is a series or a standalone story, I'm not quite sure how to rate the book. If it had been described on the cover/description to be the start of a series, I probably would have given this book a higher rating (because I would have assumed that some of my critiques would be resolved by the time the series ended). The narrator was fine, although I increased the playback speed to suit my personal preferences.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jason
  • 27-08-19

Interesting "What if?"

This book and the premise was a nice departure from the norm. Interesting characters and a great plot. If you are into history mashups this book is for you. Worth the time and credit.

This book was provided at no cost for a fair and honest review.

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  • RJ
  • 20-08-19

Rise of the Fourth Reich!

At the end of WWII, thousands of Nazis escaped from Europe via “ratlines” to South America, the escape routes being supported by the Catholic Church. There were two primary routes: the first went from Germany to Spain, then Argentina; the second from Germany to Rome to Genoa, then South America. Suspicions arose that a German facility, to continue experiments started in Europe, may have been developed on the Southern Continent of Antarctica. For several years the U.S. Navy conducted searches of the area under the guise of a Navy training exercise. Some enemy contact was made but the severe weather was a constant interference. Eventually, the conflict in Southeast Asia took precedence over military involvement. After twelve years of surveillance, never finding any facility, the U.S. nuked the area before moving on. This is the background for the main story. As we jump to current day, the Nazi threat has returned, stronger and more capable than before. How is this possible? Where did they come from and how were they concealed for so long? Get ready for a thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi conspiracy thriller. Operation Highjump was also recently mentioned in a Christopher Cartwright, Sam Reilly novel #13 “The Holy Grail”. If you’re interested in more on this subject check out that novel. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Rayc
  • 11-08-19

Sit back and be entertained.

Grudge, Operation High jump. ..
Another great piece of entertainment from Brian Parker.
Easy to listen to and fast paced, plenty of action. Ok so we all know that the US will win in the end but it is a fun read.
Is there more to come - I don't know there is room in the plot for a follow-up. . and do I want one - YES absolutely.
And hopefully keep the same narrator who is superb in this book.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review. .

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  • Britt McNew
  • 26-07-19

No guts no glory

I'll start by saying I'm no good with history, while I do know how several historical events panned out, the details always get lost upon me. I had no idea operation high jump is a real thing until doing some research, so I had no preconceived thoughts on how this should go. This is the author's remix on a real event, so don't expect it to be a true and accurate historical record of events.

That being said, war is ugly and the author does an excellent job of not sugarcoating that fact. There are some gruesome and gory parts but we are talking Nazis, weapons of mass destruction, more Nazis and...Aliens?! The timestamps on the chapters helped me keep track of whether the story was currently taking place in the past or present sometimes, as the author does jump back and forth a bit. It's not hard to follow along though, honestly it's a very well thought out and written story. I really enjoyed the sci-fi aspects, they are what make this story. I did feel as the author left me longing for closure in the ending, but this does leave room for a sequel though. I had no gripes with the narrator, he did a fine job. History is not really in my wheelhouse, but I really enjoyed this listen! I am going to expand my horizons and look for some other historical fiction to dive into moving forward.

I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for a fair and unbiased review

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  • Spiritwalker51
  • 25-07-19

The Hidden and the Seen

Grudge: Operation Highjump
Author: Brian Parker
Narrator: Roberto Scarlato
Listening Time: 9 hours 42 minutes

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

I always like to preface any reviews I give with this information.
I am a 68 year old female who has been an avid reader since I was around 10 or 11 years old.
I read mainly for entertainment purposes although I do a lot of research in areas of personal interest.
I have a great interest in many things. Ancient History and Archeology are at the top of a very long list.

Review: This review is for the Audiobook version of: Grudge: Operation Highjump

The true event known as "Operation Highjump" is a fact of history. You can research those facts for yourself to draw your own conclusions. There is much information that is considered to be "fringe" information that is also available for your perusal. Once again, I would say to draw your own conclusions there as well.

This novel is based in part on the facts of Operation Highjump. There are parts of this novel that involve "conspiracy theory" ideas as well; also some history involving Nazis of WWII.

In addition to this; I found that Brian Parker's creative imagination and writing, has orchestrated these elements into a very suspenseful, fast-moving novel that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the story. I listened to this audiobook in one setting.

At the start of this novel we are introduced to dual timelines. One timeline is in the 1940s, involving the end of the second World War in Europe.
The other timeline involves the very near future, (the year 2020 forward through 2025).

Rather than giving a synopsis of the storyline and then my review, I am going to do this review differently.

This is a book that I hesitate to actually get into the plot and subplots because I believe it is important that you draw your own conclusions.

My personal beliefs about "hidden history", "the military industrial complex", "conspiracy theory" "ufos" and "fringe" ideas would color my review and it is not my wish to subject you to what I believe, but to encourage you to do your own research and to question everything. Do your own research. Use your mind to think and to reason and not just blindly accept what you are told to believe.

As far as the novel itself, it is an amazing and well crafted,(pardon the pun) story. I found many of the characters very likeable and equally there were many that I found repugnant in the extreme. There are also unlikely heroes sprinkled here and there throughout this novel.

Author Brian Parker is someone whose writing I had never been exposed to prior to getting this audiobook. I can tell you that I will be looking for more of his writing in the future.

Narrator Roberto Scarlato did a wonderful job of voice acting in this audiobook. There are so many different voices and accents, it seemed to me a rather formidable job he undertook to bring these characters alive. I was truly impressed with his voice acting and he is a narrator whose work I will be happy to listen to again.

I believe anyone from the ages of 14 and above might enjoy this audiobook/book. I found some of the descriptions to be a bit too graphic for my taste, but as I read to be entertained, I don't normally care for violence to any great degree. However the truth of the matter is there is much violence in real life, as we all know.

This is a very good book if you have an open mind and enjoy a mixture of real history and science fiction, or speculative science fiction.

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  • Amy Wollenhaupt
  • 15-12-17

Good until the very end

This book built a fantastic story that was great in every aspect but the end. I either missed something or the author missed it, but the end seemed to miss something.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-12-18

Sounded good but.....

turned out to be really dumb. Really dumb! Aliens + Nazis = HUH?! Should have read more reviews before purchasing. I can't believe all the positive reviews are real.

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  • jordan
  • 21-10-17

Great book

This is my first audio book... this book was amazing! going to be looking for more like it

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