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Review, Synopsis and Summary of Alternative History Novel ‘48

British Horror writer, James Herbert published an alternative history novel, ’48, in 1996. In a book, an American pilot gets stranded in a dystopian London after the times of Adolf Hitler. The book is an interesting read for people who are fond of alternative histories.

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Author:  James Herbert

Genre: Alternative History

Pages: 330

Good reads rating:  3.75/5

My Ratings: 7.5/10

Published: 1996


Language: English

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Synopsis and Summary of Alternative History Novel ‘48

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’48 is an alternative history novel whose story revolves around Hoke, who is an American pilot. The story shows that Hoke lives alone in a street because he is hiding from a group of diseased and terminal blackshirts. The reason behind his hiding away is that the blackshirts are plagued with Slow Death. They are behind him to capture him and use his blood to save Lord Hubble, who is their leader. The only way to save Lord Hubble is through the blood transfusion.

Slow death is one of the two types of the same disease. The first one is blood death in which a person is killed instantly. Whereas, in a slow death, a person takes longer to die, sometimes years. Most of the victims of slow death are weaker as well as slower and cannot perform tasks with their ever degrading bodies. However, its effects on some people are quite less as compared to others.

Because Hubble is about to die due to his disease, he is desperate to get treated. He sends his entire team to find and capture Hoke. ABneg survivors help Hoke to escape from a very close call. These ABneg survivors are basically two women and a German navigator, who was shot years ago by this disease in Britain.

Final Say on Alternate History Novel ‘48

As the story unfolds, there is thrill and mystery, which is able to engage the readers for a long time. Even after reading the book, you will be in its trance for a long time. I have given this story a rating of 7.5/10 because it has an amazing story, which remains interesting throughout the plot. This alternative history is among the few novels which have my heart. Author James Herbert has covered many details in the novel. Would I re-read this novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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