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*** Best Novella - 2016 Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Awards ***Berlin, 1938. On the eve of one of history’s darkest moments, a Swedish bartender with unusual talents accidentally uncovers a woman’s hidden past while working in the heart of Nazi Germany. Crystal Night is a tale of intrigue, mystery and suspense that follows ordinary German citizens as the*** Best Novella - 2016 Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Awards ***Berlin, 1938. On the eve of one of history’s darkest moments, a Swedish bartender with unusual talents accidentally uncovers a woman’s hidden past while working in the heart of Nazi Germany. Crystal Night is a tale of intrigue, mystery and suspense that follows ordinary German citizens as they struggle under the jackboots of marauding brown-shirts, the dreaded Gestapo and the infamous SS. Can the Prometheus probe as ‘Johann Nilsson’ remain detached during this ugly piece of our history, or will it become an accomplice as the Holocaust accelerates? A short story from The Prometheus Saga. INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHORQ - What is the Prometheus Saga? A - In the Prometheus Saga, thirteen authors unite to interpret how an alien presence would interact with the human condition over a time period that spans from the dawn of man to the present. The stories cross genres and genders, allowing for entirely different narratives and insights on historical events and the human experience. Q - Where should a reader start when selecting a short story to read in The Prometheus Saga? A - Each story is self-contained and can be read in any order. The reader is free to select any of the stories at random to begin their experience. Each short story has a different setting in history. The book description will explain the time period setting for each particular story. Q - What is this alien probe? A - An alien civilization landed a probe on Earth at the dawn of mankind. This probe, a form of artificial intelligence, can morph into any human form, take on any human identity, either male or female. Its life spans hundreds of thousands of years. Its mission is to report everything it can about us to its home planet. What this humanoid observes and learns over centuries of human existence will be interpreted through each short story in the saga. The alien probe is as mythic as Prometheus, the Greek Titan who was said to have brought fire to mankind. About the AuthorCHARLES A CORNELL is the author of Tiger Paw which won the RPLA Best Thriller award in 2012 from the Florida Writers Association. His newest work is DragonFly which ventures into the realm of dieselpunk, a retro-futuristic collision of science fiction and fantasy with a generous dash of alternative history. DragonFly follows the journey of RAF pilot Veronica Somerset as she battles the odds to become Britain’s first female fighter pilot. DragonFly is not just a novel, Charles Cornell creates a whole new world of fantastic technology, dangerous fighting machines and wizards battling across the boundary between good and evil in a World War re-imagined like never before. About DragonFly "DragonFly is brilliant! The Golden Age of Science Fiction is alive and well!"—Carol Kean, book reviewer for Perihelion Science Fiction Magazine and Amazon 'Vine Voice' star reviewer "A gripping and fast paced new adventure series…"—Five Star Amazon Review "I want to commend the author for writing a compelling and strong female lead... It’s characters like Ronnie and the courage of authors like Cornell (to write such characters) that will help change the face of the sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian genre." —Five Star Amazon Review "It has something for everyone. History wrapped in mystery draped in SciFi makes Dragonfly a fast-paced winner!"—Five Star Amazon Review Visit Charles at www.CharlesACornell.com and his illustrated world of DragonFly at www....

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Crystal Night (The Prometheus Saga) Reviews

  • Veronica ⭐️
    2018-08-15 06:45

    Crystal Night is a recount of events not from one side or another but from the passive view point of someone from another world trying to understand.What is it that makes humans tick?Moving through the centuries Prometheus observes and records, not always understanding, the way humans live, react and treat each other.Cornell follows up his short Sci Fi story with facts and weblinks for further reading.A good read for anyone interested in the Hitler reign and the holocaust.I’m looking forward to reading the other short stories in the Prometheus saga, they really are riveting reading.The Prometheus Saga is the premier project of the Alvarium Experiment, a consortium of accomplished and award-winning authorsI don’t think they necessarily need to be read in order but to give a sense of Prometheus’ place in time I think it would be advantageous. The Prometheus saga is compiled of 13 short stories.

  • Antonio Simon Jr.
    2018-08-11 04:25

    Author Charles Cornell pulls no punches in bringing to life one of the darkest moments in history. Prometheus, disguised as a Swedish bartender, finds himself in Nazi Germany. He has heard talk of an "inferior breed of human". Inquisitive (and sometimes naive) as he is, he must learn more. As Prometheus inserts himself into the Nazi political machinery, he is in for a shocking realization. Gripping suspense, clever dialogue, and unapologetically wrenching scenes make Cornell's "Crystal Night" a stellar read.

  • Carol Kean
    2018-08-14 03:37

    This short story, one of twelve from The Prometheus Saga, is set in Berlin,1938. The Prometheus probe is a tall, blond, blue-eyed Swedish bartender, Johann Nilsson, who shows an unusual interest in this idea of a "sub-human" race that the Nazis speak of. Naturally, his ability to quote Mein Kampf, cite genetic studies, speak other languages and report on visits to every country on earth makes him the kind of Wunderkind the SS would love to recruit. Johann, in turn, is fascinated by Aryan politics.Helga, Johann-the-bartender's boss, wants nothing to do with the jack-booted soldiers who come in and arrest civilians for the slightest offense. I love Helga. And the piano player, who clearly has something to hide. So does Helga. Jews and German citizens alike struggle under the dreaded Gestapo. As the plot thickens, the Prometheus probe, aka Johann, seems curiously detached about the extermination of humans. That's a Nazi virtue but a provocative issue for the reader. Johann's breadth of knowledge and other special talents should raise some German eyebrows, but the story ends with a door wide open to "what next," the timeless question that keeps readers turning pages. Volumes Two and Three of the Alvarium experiment, we hope, will supply the answer.I was expecting Johann-the-alien to take a certain course of action, based on the heroics of this author's "Dragonfly" series (a sort of alternate history, or dieselpunk, view of fighting the Nazis). Johann has the power to stop clocks and (apparently) jam guns. I know, I know: only in fairy tales and science fiction do we see villains stopped by a higher power. In really good fiction, we see villainy even in the best people. I respect the story for what it is, and for what it isn't. "Crystal Night" is packed with historical authenticity, five-star prose and subject matter, but my own purely subjective viewpoint keeps me from shouting, "I love it!" If aliens hide among us, or angels, The Force, anyone with power, I object to their policy of non-intervention. Talk up free will all you want, but I couldn't even watch "Twelve Years a Slave" (I've seen too many Holocaust documentaries) - brutality, greed, murder, how could a loving God or an angel or an alien watch and do nothing? My inner scientist can shrug and cite Tennyson--Nature is red in tooth and claw--but I was indoctrinated with the ideal of guardian angels and a loving Creator, the power of prayer, the hope of help from on high. It so happened that I started watching the true story of a slave the same day I read Cornell's story, and the emotional whiplash continues this morning, after I slept on it (fitfully, with much waking in the night).I've read one other Prometheus story, and as promised, it bears little or no resemblance to this one. Both are well written and interesting, packed full of historical significance and the "what if" that drives speculative fiction into new realms. I'm curious to see how all the stories might fit together under one roof if an Omnibus edition comes out. Anthologies are emerging as a 21st Century phenemonon of e-books and independent authors. Bring it on!

  • Ken Pelham
    2018-08-15 06:43

    A Swedish bartender in a German nightclub, 1938, witnesses up close the building horror of Nazi Germany. Cornell pulls no punches in "Crystal Night," and the grit and blood feel quite real in this engrossing read. The characters, both the good and the bad, come to life in fine detail, and their motivations propel the story and build the tension. Johann, the bartender, ever the dispassionate observer, feels compelled to see and understand all. Cornell has a great talent for atmosphere; you'll feel that you're right there amid the crashing of glass one dark night.

  • Bria Burton
    2018-07-20 06:45

    A tight, tension-filled tale about a Swedish bartender in Germany when the atrocities of the Third Reich accelerate into what would become the holocaust.

  • Dan Absalonson
    2018-07-27 06:27

    This story was very interesting. I've read books that took place during World War II and this fictional take gave me the same feeling as those stories. You feel like you're there in Germany as you read. There is a general tension to the whole city the story takes place in. Before the end of the story you see German brutality against Jewiah people. This story handles this famous historical time well. You can tell the author did their research. This story is about a probe that aliens constructed and sent to earth to study it. This being is like a human to everyone who interacts with it, but somehow a bit more. It was fun to read a story that took place in a historic setting with a splash of science fiction brought on by the main character. It felt very much like reading a historical story but had the added fun of this alien being interacting with people like Nazis. The author does a good job of putting in subtle ways that show the being is more than human. The reader can guess at the alien's amazing abilities but the other characters in the story assume it's because the being is just a very talented and proficient human with a great memory and education. I really enjoyed reading this short story that drops you into Berlin Germany during the terrifying time of the Third Reich. It was very respectful and realistic to the history it was taking place in while offering up a fun science fiction element to explore this dark time in our past. It was well written and had some nice imagery. The author also did a good job establishing the different settings. I could picture all of the scenes in this story really well. I'm interested to see what else this author Charles A. Cornell has written.

  • Charles Cornell
    2018-08-06 03:24

    ** Winner ** - Best Novella - 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards -Florida Writers AssociationThe real historical story of Crystal Night is much bigger than these brief pages. Every history text should be haunted by the ghosts of those abandoned by mankind on the night of November 9, 1938. Sadly, the living witnesses to these horrific events are joining those who passed that night and in the subsequent nights that followed until the last of the Nazi extermination camps were liberated.If there are any educators out there who would be interested in using this fictional story as a teaching aid on the Holocaust for our younger generation, please reach out to me here on GoodReads and I will find a way to provide copies to you free gratis (with an accompanying teacher's guide that points to the historical facts embedded in the story).

  • Elle Patt
    2018-08-03 04:25

    Cornell has done a great job portraying a moment in time in a way I've never read before. He made good use of the Prometheus character as an outside observer to highlight how some Gestapo and SS officers thought of their atrocious actions as very logical and reasonable. The moments he chose to show the brutality of Kristallnacht are well-drawn. Johann's innocence and then understanding and the balance he has to maintain between the people he has befriended and the mission he's innately driven to perform during the Nazi era makes for an interesting quandary. This story is nicely developed and has a satisfying conclusion that leaves much room for thought.

  • Stephanie Wolf
    2018-08-14 03:45

    A short story set in the time of World War II and Nazi Germany.A twist of alien science fiction. Who would think a bartender could be an alien? Johann is a probe sent here to observe the human species. The secrets some try to hide.Well written and intense about a brutal time in history, especially for a short story. You will feel as if you are back in time in Germany.

  • M.J. Carlson
    2018-08-07 01:38

    Well written. The charachers are interesting, the setting is well-characterized, and the mood and time is well portrayed. (view spoiler)[ I'm not a big fan of vague, open-ended endings, and I think Johann should've finally realized what the propaganda was referring to in a more explicit manner, but otherwise, a good read. (hide spoiler)]

  • Mary
    2018-07-22 06:33

    Well researched science fiction about an alien whose been observing humanity for a long time but who finds himself in Germany at the start of World War II. An intriguing thought. You can tell from this short story how passionate the author is about the history behind the story.