Reader Comments

"As an author of 2 war novels and one soon to be published, I really enjoyed this book. It was a well written page turner. Author really did do his research. I can't wait for the next installment in the series and see how the crew of the Kirov save the world from nuclear war with their travels back to WW2 USSR." - George Mavromates, on "Men Of War," by John Schettler

Devils Garden as with all the books in the series continued the excellent writing style I have come to expect from him. I stumbled upon the first book by chance after my wife bought me a tablet for my birthday a few months ago. Since then I have read all but two of John Schettler's books in record time. His books without a doubt take the reader into the moment with every page and hold them until, sadly the end comes. I personally had to force myself to stop reading so I could get some sleep. Many times my wife would wake up at 3:00 AM and ask if I had slept yet. When I finished the latest book in the series, I searched for more of his work and realized I had read them all. John; Keep up the great writing and also accept my personal thanks for the noble efforts of your writing shop to promote new talent.
 - R Estes California

Schettler created a cast that transcends everything the reader can imagine times TEN, and then some. I was so sorry to reach the end. It was like loosing good friends to a unexpected accident. I can only hope that he finds the additional inspiration to continue the saga. I have read every one of his books and have never once been disappointed. He is a truly gifted writer. He also is a person who has established a safe place for new writers to flourish, a very commendable and noble thing it is to stand up as an alternative to the old established publishing houses.
 - R
Just one more thing. Treat yourself and start at the very beginning of the series with "Kirov". The plot lines are long and complex so coming in at the middle of the series would be like arriving in the middle of a great opera, a definite no no. I guarantee you it will be worth it! 

"I ordered this book last week, never having read the author before. This volume is a solid contribution to his list of works, which are listed with helpful descriptions at the end of the book. I stayed up late to finish it! I don't want to ruin the story, but I will be looking for other reviews to see if readers have drawn the same conclusions as I. I hope "Kirov" develops a sound fan base, and of course, that other stories are coming in future. I will also be checking out Mr. Schettler's previous works too. "Kirov" readers will draw the obvious comparisons with John Birmingham's "Weapons of Choice"... modern warship travels back in time to WWII... but from there on out the story is Mr. Schettler's own. I recommend highly!"
 - Toni Knapp

"Thoroughly enjoyed this naval adventure. I have read some of the authors other books and could not stop reading it until it was finished. Time very well spent."
 - Armond Vartanian

 "Russian battlecruiser from 2020s transported to 1941. Schettler writes well and creates interesting full-fleshed characters -- all too rare in alternate history as well as lots of other SF and fantasy -- as well as pointing out the ambiguity of Russian motives, and has done his research, including into Russian culture. He sometimes falls into the TMI (Too Much Information) trap on military equipment and even on bios of some minor characters, but that is a minor issue as the story moves along well. Those who like alternate history will appreciate the non-US slant, as well as the characters and plot."
 - Crusty Critic

"I enjoy military and historically based novels. This book is naval warfare at its finest! The Kirov, a modern Russian ship against the naval might of Great Britain and all the other naval combatants of World War II, tries to avoid disrupting recorded history but to no avail. The action and plot build to a crescendo as the enemy combatants try to figure out the mystery ship in their mist. This story will give you one hell of a ride!"
 - Ol'Warehorse

"When I started reading this book, I struggled to put it down. The story line was good and is up there with the best. I would have liked more action both on board the Kirov and in battle. But none the less, I ordered Kirov 2 and I'm sure it will be worth reading."
 - David Feenstra

"Kirov was an excellent read in the alternate history genre. Its Russian flavour lent it a different feel from other stories in the same vein. One small criticism - and it really is small - is the frequent misuse of grammar, particularly the apostrophe. Modern novelists don't seem to get a grip on this little punctuation mark. This used to be the job of the editor and proofreader. Still, I ordered Kirov II for my Kindle. It's bound to be a good read, too."
 - R. Partridge

"This is a novel approach to a mix of old and new! Mr. Schettler's story is intriguing as well as cleverly written. His knowledge of Soviet Naval structure and tactics is strong and well used to develop the story line. Any fan of naval operations and WWII history will enjoy this novel. It will be interesting to see if the Kirov has any more adventures!!!"
 - Charles Dickson

"Kirov popped up at the bottom of my computer screen as one of those books that Amazon recommends based on your previous viewing history. At first I was somewhat skeptical as it struck me as being a rehash of the John Birmingham 'Axis of Time' trilogy where a modern naval task force goes back in time to WW2 but I persevered based on the reviews and downloading a sample for my Kindle. Though Kirov shares a similar premise to John Birmingham's books it is very different and a great read.

There is sufficient character development to help you grasp the motivations of the key characters and it has sufficient military detail to be plausible. I feel it was written by someone with a good understanding of modern navy systems but without putting in excruciating detail. There were only two weaknesses. The first is that I don't think the author accurately captured the Russian culture with the crew of the Kirov. They felt a bit too western. The second issue is that I felt the book ended too soon leaving a lot unfinished. Another chapter would have closed out the story line.

Overall I enjoyed the book. I found it surprisingly gripping."
- Ian M.

"As a big fan of alternative histories, I look forward to discovering new books in this genre. Lots of authors try, not so many suceed. Well, this one you'll like. The author presents a well-written, nicely thought out story of the alternative history genre. Click buy it now and enjoy."
 - Trusten

"The impossible made plausible! Schettler is a marvelous craftsman... meticulously reweaving what was with what cannot have been. The story continues the adventures of a nicely drawn set of characters in a rapidly evolving situation and ends in a logical resolution.... all but for one thing. I'm waiting anxiously for the next installment!"
  - Norman J. Harris

"I love good alternate history books. They've been my favorite category for the last few years. This, and it's predecessor, Kirov, are a good example. Well written, with both good action and good drama! I do recommend them, especially if you like alternate history and military fiction."
 - Blanchard Guthrie

"I am a history buff, and I like military novels, but this one takes the prize! The action is fast paced, and it's one that you just don't want to end. The brilliant dialogue reveals much about the main characters. I read Kirov I, and I enjoyed it immensely, but I thought the action and plot moved much faster in Kirov II. The historical events and the many ships referenced in the book give it a touch of realism. One more thing, the quotes and titles for each chapter are masterfully named raising the level of anticipation and suspense. Let's have some more!"
 - V. Barron

"Set in WWII, it tells the story of a near-future (in our terms) Russian nuclear-powered warship of the Kirov class of battlecruisers. Through an anomaly in the nuclear power plant, the ship and all its men is transported back in time to WWII. All three books of this series are fun to read, and I found the decision-making process depicted to be very entertaining, as well as politically "real." It was perhaps too much of a stretch to have a junior officer aboard who is such an expert on the order of battle for naval units of the 1940's, but that plot device was probably necessary in order to set up the necessary counter-movements. You will enjoy this book, and I would suggest that you read them in their proper succession."
 - E.F. Pesik Jr.

"I am a huge fan of alternate history, especially when the author actually has some historical savy. This is the third book of the Kirov Series (includes a teaser that there will probably be a 4th). In the first book, the Russian (guided missile) cruiser Kirov ( a few years in the future of our time) suffers an incident that flips it back in time - World War II, prior to US intervention/Pearl Harbor attack, and into the Atlantic. The second of the series sees the Kirov again traveling in time to the Mediterranian theater of war/WWII. This third book of the series sees the Kirov splash into the Pacific theater of war/WWII. Each time the author does a really good job of weaving the real events of the war into the narrative, and of course, the changes to the war that occur due to the Kirov's continued appearances and disappearances.
"If you are a fan of alternate histories, this is a series you really should buy. I would suggest, in my humble opinion, that you purchase all of the series immediately, and start with the first book." The character are well-written, you feel empathy for them in their plight. Like the rest of humanity, their character traits are diverse, naive, wise, saintly, evil, etc., with some gaining cathartic change through their travels, some doggedly adhering to their base nature, some just doing their best to survive the ordeals.
So, in a nutshell. Go buy them all. Enjoy it!"
- Trusten

I love anything about time travel, military history and military fiction. This series has them all. I thought it would be over with book 4, but the continuation of the series is off to a great start. The details of the battles are great and very accurate (I use Wikipedia a lot on my Kindle to look up details). The historical references like Mr Kirov are fantastic.

After reading this last book, I looked into the author's previous works and to my surprise he wrote a very hardcore time travel series called the Meridian series. I just finished the first book. I now see where his expertise in covering time travel comes from and his attention to little details in history that can change the future.
- Patrick M. Dailey