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December 7 is "the date which will live in infamy." But now, Japan is hatching another, far greater plan to bring America to its knees....

The Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was a resounding success - except for one detail: A second bombing mission, to destroy crucial oil storage facilities, was aborted that day. Now, in this gripping and stunning work of alternate history, Robert Conroy reimagines December 7, 1941, to include the attack the Japanese didn't launch, and what follows is a thrilling tale of war, resistance, sacrifice, and courage. For when Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto sees how badly the United States has been ravaged in a two-pronged strike, he devises another, more daring proposal: an all-out invasion of Hawaii to put a stranglehold on the American Pacific Fleet.

Yamamoto's strategy works brilliantly - at first. But a handful of American soldiers and a determined civilian resistance fight back in the face of cruelty unknown in Western warfare. Stateside, a counterassault is planned - and the pioneering MIT-trained aviator Colonel Jimmy Doolittle is given a near-impossible mission with a fleet of seaplanes jury-rigged into bombers. From spies to ordinary heroes and those caught between two cultures at war, this is the epic saga of the Battle of Hawaii - the way it very nearly was....

©2009 Robert Conroy (P)2019 Tantor

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Once again

Another amazing alternate history story. Realistically written and narrated. This whole series is just so much fun to think about what could have happened.

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Good book

I like Conry it was a good read. I would recommend this book. Good alternate history twist of Pearl Harbor.

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A well spun tale.

I would have enjoyed a sequel to Conroy's 1942 world. Love to learn how his characters got through WW2.

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Not that enjoyable.

Fairly interesting premise, but the book gets most in the middle and near the end. Not to give away spoilers but the climatic battle is what the Japanese has hoped to inflict on the us. There is little chance they would have done the exact same thing.
Also needless sec scenes that didn’t add anything to the book. Who needs a tape orgy written in detail.
The narrator was annoying too.
Several inaccurate description and use of aircraft and uses. Kept mispronouncing US code names for Japanese planes.

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1942 was a very interesting story , but unfair to general short who along with admiral kimble were fired imediately after the at

General Short and Admiral Kimble were fired imediately after the attack , they made a mistake but they were not given the information they needed to do their jobs. They were not cleared for Magic. I dont think General Short deserves having his nose rubbed into the ground .

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Quite good alternate history

I think I have a new author - alternate military history done in an enjoyable and believable manner

Well worth a credit