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Anders Blixt is a political science and modern languages graduate from Lund University, Sweden. He has worked as a science journalist covering radiation protection and crisis management issues, served in civilian positions in multinational nation-building operations (e.g. in Afghanistan), and written two books about United Nations’ military observer missions in Asia.
Since 1980, Anders has also designed and developed dozens of role-playing games and game supplements for Swedish and US publishers. A few years ago, he published a science fiction novel and a fantasy novel in Swedish.
Anders lives in Stockholm with wife and three children and works as a tech writer. He enjoys role-playing games with his friends and keeps a keen eye on the exploration of the solar system, in particular NASA’s Mars rovers. He blogs about writing, science fiction, games, and astronomy at gondica.wordpress.com
on March 21, 2015 :
This alternate history novella is not about the great differences between our world and the world of the book. Instead the reader is given enough to be getting on with and then the story and characters are the focus of attention.
Our protagonist is no superhero spy, he has a cover and a mission, but events take a turn for the worse quickly. His actions are those of a human being doing what they can, and the choices he makes are hard.
The setting, a harsh colonial frontier and supporting cast are believable. The turn of events humanly stupid and ultimately futile. Despite only having a brief introduction to the changed world, you care about the mission and the effects of the new conflict on the balance of power. Basically, important thing, the story sucks you in and pulls you along at speed, before causing your heart to leap to your mouth as you realise what Johnny Bornewald must face.
If he does not produce a sequel sharpish then I shall be most upset.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
on Feb. 08, 2015 :
The Ice War is a well-written, swift-moving and exciting adventure that touches several interesting issues of morals and philosophy. Anders Blixt does not make matters easy, neither for the novel’s characters nor for the readers. As far as possible, he makes us understand what choices must be made. He does not shirk from asking hard questions about the horrors of war. The novel is not long, but it is impressive how much it contains. The Ice War is very good and thought-provoking and it is warmly recommended to everyone who wants a somewhat different reading experience.
(reviewed the day of purchase)