I haven’t had a chance to take a look at the excerpt, yet, but the synopsis of Ian Tregillis’ book Bitter Seeds sounds like it’s a blast. Here’s a plot synopsis:
It’s a beautifully written and thoroughly researched alternate WWII history, the twist being that a mad German scientist has discovered a way to endow a group of sociopaths — raised from WWI orphans — with X-Men-like powers that have made the Wehrmacht unstoppable.
To counter this, a desperate Great Britain establishes a secret division composed of a tiny number of British warlocks — shades of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell — men who use speech in a mystical Ur-language, accompanied by blood sacrifice, to call up vast, brutal elemental forces. These forces, the Eidolons, loathe humanity and tremble in barely restrained rage at the stain we spread on the universe, but they can be bargained with, blood traded for elemental magick. (Boing Boing)
I’m a sucker for alternate history, when it’s done well, and the fact that only Philip K. Dick’s novels come to mind means that I probably missed a ton. But maybe I haven’t? If you have any suggestions, let me know.