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.