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The year is 1901. Germany's navy is the second largest in the world; their army, the most powerful. But with the exception of a small piece of Africa and a few minor islands in the Pacific, Germany is without an empire. Kaiser Wilhelm II demands that the United States surrender its newly acquired territories: Guam, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Philippines. President McKinley indignantly refuses, so with the honor and economic future of the Reich at stake, the Kaiser launches an invasion of the United States, striking first on Long Island.

Now the Americans, with their army largely disbanded, must defend the homeland. When McKinley suffers a fatal heart attack, the new commander in chief, Theodore Roosevelt, rallies to the cause, along with Confederate general James Longstreet. From the burning of Manhattan to the climactic Battle of Danbury, American forces face Europe's most potent war machine in a blazing contest of will against strength.

©1995 Robert Conroy (P)2020 Tantor

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If you can get past the initial premise that Germany had the ability to transport and supply an army across the Atlantic with 1901 technology; story is really a pretty well told one. Insite into the thinking two world leaders and their advisors, as well as the solders used a pawns in this giant game.

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fun what if...

This story has a very interesting premise, entertaining, and it is enjoyably written and performed, but it is odd that Conroy chose to ignore the existence of the 1892-99 Springfield aka the American Krag. While most if not all state militia would indeed be issued 1884 Trapdoor Springfields. By 1901 enough Krags had been produced in one form or another to outfit all U.S. Regulars. Also the U.S. was already in the process of trialing its replacment. It just seems odd it was never mentioned, or there was no mention of rechambering the Lee-Metfords given as aid to .30-40 Krag. that being said, it's just an odd omission.

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Good story, but not great.

The book held my attention. Neat storyline as Germany invaded NYC. But it was weak, written for a kid and very predictable. If you were to get this book you could lay out what happened on. Your own. For example why is Great Britain not captured before they got after the USA? Just make up your own story and save a Credit

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1901 historical giction

great book,and wellwritten love ed it. storyline was plausible and easy to comprehend. I am sure happy I read it. you will love it too.

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Robert's Review

This is a great book, the story is FANTASTIC , the NARRATIVE is outstanding. I highly RECOMMEND this book.

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Overall pretty good

I enjoyed the story and the narration, that being said the story seemed to have a rather unfair anti German bias

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Good but some unnecessary stuff

A story was very good but unfortunately there was few ports than I think they could have done without. For starters they got very vulgar with some language which can be understandable considering you're dealing with soldiers and stuff but I am unaware of soldiers would have talked like that during that time period the other thing is the author was bit too graphic when it came to certain scenes romantically. But over all it's a very good story and a very good what if. There might even be another sequel to this one considering how it ended

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What could have been

Overall a great read or listen. Any fan of alternate history should find this story enjoyable. The author covers a wide range of historical events ranging from the tensions between Northern/Southern issues following the American Civil War, the Native American reservations, the political climate in Germany, and world events at that time. To spin them all together to create a believable event that could have happened. With memorable characters and face paced action I couldn't stop reading it.