By the author of breakout World War II era alternate histories Himmler's War and Rising Sun, a compelling alternate-history thriller. After winning World War I, Germany invades America in 1920, marching through California and Texas as a desperate nation resists.
Consider this other 1920: Imperial Germany has become the most powerful nation in the world. In 1914, she crushed England, France, and Russia in a war that was short but entirely devastating. By 1920, Kaiser Wilhelm II is looking for new lands to devour. The United States is fast becoming an economic super-power and the only nation that can conceivably threaten Germany. The U.S. is militarily inept, however, and is led by a sick and delusional president who wants to avoid war at any price. Thus, Germany is able to ship a huge army to Mexico to support a puppet government. Her real goal: the invasion and permanent conquest of California and Texas.
America desperately resists the mightiest and most brutal army in the world, in a battle fought on land, at sea, and in the air as enemy armies savagely march up on California and move north towards a second Battle of the Alamo. Only the indomitable spirit of freedom can answer the Kaiser's challenge.
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Good story in a single shot.
- Brad B. ""Do what you can with what you have, wherever you are.""
Not bad, but missed it's full potential.
Best: the author handles geopolitics well and has a good sense of humor. I found myself laughing several times. He also paints a good battlefield picture, which not all alt-historians do, and has a good grasp of military hardware - especially naval.
Least: I think the story was a little aborted and could have greatly benefited from another book or two. I know other reviewers have appreciated the fact that the author is able to wrap up the plot in one book, but I feel that a few subplots are promised early on and never delivered. I also found it unlikely that the events of the book could be resolved as abruptly as they did.
My other big complaint is the handling of the characters. There's far too much name dropping regarding real historical people and it begins to break the suspension of disbelief. The other problem is that there are far too many POV characters for the length. There's not enough development for most of them, so it's hard to care what happens to them.
Another book or two to slow down the pace a little, develop the characters, and resolve the "third act problems" (to borrow a phrase)
That failing, reduce the cast and pace it similarly to "How Few Remain"
He's clear and enunciates. He also obeys punctuation, which not all performers do.
I struck a half a star for his female voices. The same characters had slightly different voices at different times, and there was overlap between two of the main female characters which was confusing. I struck the other half for his rendition of Patton. He gave the man a deep gravelly voice where it's well documented that Patton's voice was rather high. I don't know if it was a lack of homework, or artistic license, but I would have preferred more accuracy.
If you are a fan of the genre, yes. Otherwise, probably not
I wish I could have had Mr. Conroy write "The War that Came Early" which was too drawn out, and Dr. Turtledove write this story which could have used more material.