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Book Review: Time of Useful Consciousness

Time of Useful Consciousness Book Cover Time of Useful Consciousness
Jennifer Ott
Historial Fiction, Thriller
June 28, 2015

Louisa Unger, a young German woman in Post-War World II Germany kills a man in cold blood. Despite her crime, her fate is up to her - give up her countrymen for her freedom. She decides to play the loyalty card and remain in prison.

During the interrogations, Louisa weaves her tale of the events by evading any real information. She relives reuniting with her estranged brother Freddy, falling in love with Kris, a former reconnaissance pilot and learning to fly to a plane. She recounts in fairy tale fashion of monsters cloaked in shadows and lessons learned by incorrigible children.

Seduced into the bliss of romance and flying, Louisa fails to recognize any threat. She grows immersed in the life of a smuggler, a pilot and a lover. It is hard to come back down to earth, when soaring so high.

My Review

“Such beautiful scenery for such evil men. Why were the evildoers blessed with such beauty and the good masses succumbed to the gray darkness of the city?”

This book takes place in post WWII Germnay, and follows the story of a German woman, Louisa, and the part she plays as a pilot in a smuggling operation. After murdering someone in cold-blood, she is taken into custody by the U.S Military. The book takes place from the prison, and also acts as a retelling of the events in the years previous to her capture. This story is interesting in that it is told from the perspective of a German woman, and explores the post-war conditions they were facing.

There is strong character development and relationship building in this book, whether it was with Louisa’s brother Freddy, or her mother’s lover, a Colonel in the U.S. Army. Louisa starts out as a young immature woman, and in the end, is bold, adventurous, and confident. She will stop at nothing to protect those she loves.

The story was quick-moving and captivated me all the way through. It was well-written and easy to follow, even though it jumped between different time periods frequently. The only negative point I would make is that the book ended quite quickly with a twist. The author didn’t waste any time wrapping up the story.

I would highly recommend this book for all of those interested in WWII historical fiction, or anyone who loves a great thriller.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. This sounds like just my sort of a read, thanks for sharing your review. I recently enjoyed The Luminous Life Of Lily Aphrodite which is set in Germany between the two world wars, so Time Of Useful Consciousness could help my understanding of the later years.

    Stephanie Jane