Three-time Hugo Award-winning author Allen Steele now imagines an alternate history rooted in an actual historical possibility: what if the race to space had occurred in the early days of WWII?
It's 1941, and Wernher von Braun is ordered by his Fuehrer to abandon the V2 rocket and turn German resources in a daring new direction: construction of a manned orbital spacecraft capable of attacking the U.S. Work on the rocket - called Silbervogel - begins at Peenemunde. Though it is top secret, British intelligence discovers the plan, and brings word to Franklin Roosevelt. The American President determines that there is only one logical response: the U.S. must build a spacecraft capable of intercepting Silbervogel and destroying it. Robert Goddard, inventor of the liquid-fuel rocket, agrees to head the classified project.
So begins a race against time - between two secret military programs and two brilliant scientists whose high-stakes competition will spiral into a deadly game of political intrigue and unforeseen catastrophes played to the death in the brutal skies above America.
©2013 Allen M. Steele (P)2013 Audible Inc.
"With a gift for visionary fiction that 'would make Robert A. Heinlein proud'." (Entertainment Weekly)
Compulsive reader, or listener... Eclectic tastes.
Probably, so many books, so little time...
The launch of both spacecraft, and the intercept mission.
Not certain, his accent grated at times.
Not really, the story was self contained, with no loose ends.
A couple of errors annoyed me (Ex RCAF and a bit of a history buff), the P-51 Mustang being called the Warhawk, and Mosquito bombers being in widespread Squadron service in early 1942. Ok, it is an alternative history, but still...
V-S day was a fascinating speculation on what might have happened if the US had invested in creating intercontinental attack rockets instead of the nuclear bomb. The historical research is admirable and the story telling is smooth. What I missed was a focus on a personal story -- I think I would have found V-S day more engaging and meaningful if the story included a counterpoint that explored the effects of doing the work on one or more of the characters. For example, there is a brief subplot about the effect of secrecy on one researcher's relationship with his girlfriend. This could have been expanded through the story to look at different effects of war, excitement of discovery, and secrecy on this man's life. Without that sort of focus, V-S Day feels like an interesting History Channel documentary rather than an exciting story.
I listened to the audio edition narrated by Ray Chase. I enjoy the richness and clarity of Mr. Chase's voice, but I find his delivery always left me expecting a disdainful remark at the end of every paragraph.
well written and the flat way it is read adds to the old feel of the story. much better writing then the normal for these stories.
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