Set in the same universe as the Worldwar series, the Colonization series brings us to Earth in the 1960s, where four superpowers rule: the United States, Russia, Nazi Germany, and the aliens of the Race.
The arrival of the aliens shot Earth technology forward at a dizzying rate---the world of 1960 includes routine space shuttle traffic, computers on every desk, and other high-tech advancements. Aftershocks reveals that it was the United States that launched the nuclear offensive against the aliens, and when the aliens learn the truth, Indianapolis disappears in nuclear fire.
In alien-held China, a full-fledged rebellion is launched, and in Poland, a nuclear bomb goes missing - held by Jewish forces who seek to use it against the Nazis. The nations of Earth begin to realize that their only hope in holding back the aliens will be to work together. Because separately, they may face extinction.
"Hugo winner Turtledove lives up to his billing as the grand master of alternative history.... This novel is altogether excellent." (Publishers Weekly)
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Nothing much happens (entire series)
This is the third and last book in the "Colonization" series. After the World War series, this left me utterly disappointed. It feels like Turtledove got a contract for writing three books as a sequel for WW, but fell short on thinking up an interesting storyline. As with the previous series, the story revolves around the lives of several key characters, some new, some old acquaintances from the previous series.
The most interesting aspect of THIS series is the insight into the impact in culture, society and politics of living with the lizards for 40 years. But that's where it ends. All throughout the 3 books there are only 3 truly interesting events, that could have been condensed into a single book. All the rest is endless dribble about mostly irrelevant and boring every day stuff about the main characters.
Entire chapters seem to be dedicated to mundane dinner-time conversations that lead absolutely nowhere. I can't grasp why Turtledove dedicates so many paragraphs to the absolutely boring storyline of Rance Hourback and Penny Summers. The almost senseless yakking of the Russie's (don't know the spelling), Goldfarbs, even some of the lizard characters are utterly meaningless in the overall story. As it is, and on the third book already, I'm continuing just because I want to know what happens in the end, while being aware it's going to be horribly painful and boring getting there.
The narrator doesn't do very well either. I can't understand why they didn't keep the same narrator as in the first novel. Yet, after the first 2 books I got used to this narrator in every aspect except the way in which he portrays Jonathan Yeager. It just doesn't work. He makes him sound like some idiot surfer kid from the 90's and it just feels out of place.It would've rated 4 overall stars if the story was a little more interesting.
Lost fleet series
The lizard voices!
No, a miniseries would be better
Very much an in-between book :(