Unlike many alternate history novels, this one was believable and made me care about the characters. There are some glaring historical inaccuracies that undermine the plausibility of the plot, and the issue of Soviet spies was really downplayed, but those sins can be overlooked.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
A typical Turtledove effort, chock full of filler designed to stretch an interesting concept into three or more book. Turtledove lavishes time on scenes of ordering beer or planting crops while major cities are blasted into atoms in a paragraph or less.
If you've read a Turtledove book or two you've read this paint-by-numbers instalment.
8 of 11 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Hmmm... this is a tough question to answer, probably not. Im going to give the next book in the series a chance and I can probably answer better. Its interesting premise, but I would have liked more depth in terms of explaining the conflict vs. repetitive experiences of different characters just in different places. I also would have liked more depth on the characters feelings about their part in the war. Truman for example basically is just like F it lets start a nuclear holocaust.... its interesting, but don't expect this to make you think too deeply.
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If you're expecting alternate history that is going to make you think deeply about what might have been this is NOT the book for you. If you want to listen to a summer blockbuster then this is for you. Its entertaining, its just not what I expected, I thought it was going to be a little smarter and make me think.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
This seems to be the start to another great Harry Turtledove series. The characters will be familiar as they are in all of his books but if your like me and wish you could re read some of them this is a great book.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The Author spends a lot of time detailing the complex lives of the characters. This allows him to build an immersive story where you care about the folks on both sides as they are caught up in the store's events.
this book jumps around between a bunch of characters and their struggles. It really didn't cover strategies or leadership. I couldn't wait for the book to end.