Out of Kilter

Written by Sandy Hyatt-James⎮ Narrated by Tej Lander

Author: Sandy Hyatt-James
Narrator: Tej Lander
Length: 9 hours 13 minutes
Publisher: Author's Republic
Released: Feb. 13, 2021
Genre: Science Fiction; Post-Apocalyptic

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Britain - sometime in the future. Law and order has broken down and people are fighting each other for the country's dwindling supply of food. Most of the Government have decamped to the Scilly Isles to avoid the riots.

Linden Tallis, a champion archer, unwillingly becomes the custodian of R311, a deadly killing agent, courtesy of her scientist brother. MI6 officer Jack Ormond tries to take the agent from her, to keep it out of the hands of Colonel John March, a fascist dictator, who plans to take over the country. But Linden doesn't trust Jack and as a consequence the Colonel manages to get the R311 from her.

Linden, Jack, the prime minister and several others team up in an attempt to retrieve the R311 from the Colonel, who will use the agent to gain and keep control. Enduring hunger and hardship in their quest to remove the Colonel from power, and knowing they are no match for his fighting machine, their fight seems hopeless...until using their wits and courage, they embark on an outrageous offensive that might just succeed.

Althea's Review

4 Stars

This audiobook was provided by its author, Karla M. Jay, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks, Karla!

“One does evil enough when one does nothing good.”

I have to say that you should definitely be prepared for a somewhat heavy historical fiction before going into When We Were Brave. Just like you would expect from a WW2 novel set in Nazi Germany, it showed the hardships that people experienced as well as the precious few moments that were a result of appreciating the precious seconds that were rare and kind of far between during those times.

This was in general just a heartfelt, and long, journey. I have seen people comparing When We Were Brav to The Nightingale and I have to say that I see where they are coming from.

Listening to stories from the point of different jewish people that had different takes on what was happening was interesting to read, as When We Were Brave is comprised of mainly 3 stories. The characters in the first two stories were engaging and easy to get attached to but, to be honest, it started to lose my interest at some parts towards the end.

However, the familial relationships made me fall in love so fast and were so well written (especially with the second story of the mother and son trying to escape the Nazis). It was relatable for me personally and that was the story that really hooked me the most that I just had to drop everything and listen. If you aren’t a character driven person the plot of this is more than enough to keep you engrossed as it is quite intense and emotional.

The themes were absolutely amazing! Which is an aspect that I always expect to be strong with historical fiction novels and I am very happy to say that I was not let down.

It's heartbreaking. It's inspiring. What more could you ask for? I absolutely loved the Karla M. Jay's writing style for the most part and the narrator did a great job of translating that into the audiobook. There weren't any fancy sound effects or music but that did not hinder my enjoyment at all. I actually thought the narration itself was entrancing which suited the story perfectly

All in all, I agree with everyone that this was an amazing historical WW2 fiction and there is no doubt that you are going to love this if the genre comes within your reading taste.

Meet the Author: Sandy Hyatt-James

Sandy Hyatt-James is an English woman living in Bulgaria, where she used to teach English as a foreign language. She was educated at Ruskin college, Oxford. After this, she spent eleven years as a child protection social worker, with the last three being in management.

She has written five novels and is currently working on her sixth. She can't remember a time when she wasn't writing and amuses herself with the thought that she will probably be working on the draft of something, the day she 'shuffles off'.

When she isn't writing, she enjoys classical ballet and classical music. However, she admits to getting as much enjoyment from listening to Jimi Hendrix and Queen. Lastly, Sandy loves dogs. She owns four and would have more if time and space permitted.

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