Invasion: The Secret World Chronicles
Mercedes Lackey, Steve Libby, Cody Martin and Dennis Lee
Baen, Mar 1 2011, $26.00
In Atlanta, Heinrich Eisenhauer arrives at the Echo metahuman detention center insisting he is a Nazi although he looks too young to have fought in the war. Echo Support Detective Ramona Ferrari is assigned to question Eisenhauer. However, before she can interrogate the prisoner, Nazis invade Echo. She is wounded and fakes death while observing Eisenhauer talk with a cell mate Slycke. The Nazis assassinate Eisenhauer as Slycke escapes.
At the same outside of Echo Headquarters, all hell has broken out around the world. In a panic attack as she sees humongous war machines in a shopping parking lot, romance writer Victoria Nagy causes the ground to shake beneath the stormtroopers. Belladonna Blue watches nine foot tall armored suits shoot energy balls from their arms. The Third Reich has returned in New York City to the horror of John Murdock and others in a bar, but none of the metahumans fighting against the rise of these Nazis know how this could be true. Besides which the synchronized assault has the world reeling as Seraphym of the Infinite only sees fears and little hope in people she meets.
Invasion, the opening act of The Secret World Chronicles, is a fun over the top of the Fernbank Observatory alternate historical science fiction thriller. The story line is faster than the Silver Age Flash as the metahuman homeland security operatives battle the resurgent Nazis. Fans who enjoy reading superhero tales like Crisis on Infinite Earth and the Watchmen will appreciate this exciting tale as the supervillains seem poised to rule the world.