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.
©2013 Robert Conroy (P)2013 Recorded Books
Most of the books I have downloaded are good and some are very good. This one rates with the good. Good story, good characters and a good performance. The author does his research. His insights into the major players of the time are interesting and probably right on.
I am not a history buff, and did not get much out of seeing a number of historical characters and military men portrayed. Same goes for military tactics. These may have been awesome selling points for others.
Unfortunately there wasn't much else. The characters weren't that interesting. The anti-pacifist, pro-US... was just not all that new or insightful.
Overall I really enjoyed this story. It was an interesting concept loosely grounded in historical facts and entertaining to listen to. These days, I appreciate authors that can wrap up the story in one book. Sometimes I don't want to start the investment in a long series of books that inevitably end on cliff hanger after cliff hanger. Some people might see the plot as "formulaic" but its that straight foreword manner that made it an enjoyable listen. I only have one criticism; the author had a bad habit of cramming every historical figure he possibly could into the story. I understand that famous figures in military history were young "up and comers" in 1920 and some would conceivably play a role in these events. My issue is the steady stream of notable people that made cameo appearances through out the book in miner or insignificant roles just to add them in. Its starts out as a fun novelty and then becomes a little burdensome as it happens more and more. Its totally worth a credit if you're looking for a fun, straight forward listen.
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