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Publisher's Summary

From "the master of alternate history" comes a new trilogy that reimagines a mid-20th century in which General MacArthur, without bothering to consult President Truman, detonates nuclear warheads in several Manchurian cities after China enters the Korean War. In his acclaimed novels of alternate history, Harry Turtledove has scrutinized the twisted soul of the 20th century, from the forces that set World War I in motion to the rise of fascism in the decades that followed. Now this masterly storyteller turns his eyes to the aftermath of World War II and asks: In an era of nuclear posturing, what if the Cold War had suddenly turned hot?

©2015 Harry Turtledove (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Interesting take on alt history

Unlike many alternate history novels, this one was believable and made me care about the characters. There are some glaring historical inaccuracies that undermine the plausibility of the plot, and the issue of Soviet spies was really downplayed, but those sins can be overlooked.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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This Bomb's a dud

A typical Turtledove effort, chock full of filler designed to stretch an interesting concept into three or more book. Turtledove lavishes time on scenes of ordering beer or planting crops while major cities are blasted into atoms in a paragraph or less.

If you've read a Turtledove book or two you've read this paint-by-numbers instalment.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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needs better pauses

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I would like to see a little more of a pause between sections. Sometimes the narrator goes from one section to another, changing setting and characters, with hardly an intake of breath to indicate the change. It can be a little confusing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I enjoyed the book, but it is a little shallow

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Hmmm... this is a tough question to answer, probably not. Im going to give the next book in the series a chance and I can probably answer better. Its interesting premise, but I would have liked more depth in terms of explaining the conflict vs. repetitive experiences of different characters just in different places. I also would have liked more depth on the characters feelings about their part in the war. Truman for example basically is just like F it lets start a nuclear holocaust.... its interesting, but don't expect this to make you think too deeply.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Not surprised.

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If you're expecting alternate history that is going to make you think deeply about what might have been this is NOT the book for you. If you want to listen to a summer blockbuster then this is for you. Its entertaining, its just not what I expected, I thought it was going to be a little smarter and make me think.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Classic Turtledove

This seems to be the start to another great Harry Turtledove series. The characters will be familiar as they are in all of his books but if your like me and wish you could re read some of them this is a great book.

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Great Detail

The Author spends a lot of time detailing the complex lives of the characters. This allows him to build an immersive story where you care about the folks on both sides as they are caught up in the store's events.

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jumps around

this book jumps around between a bunch of characters and their struggles. It really didn't cover strategies or leadership. I couldn't wait for the book to end.

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Another well written alternate history by Harry T

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Harry Turtledove has been writing top notch alternate histories for many years. This one is no exception. His approach to take you into the lives of several different ordinary people and one major historical figure makes his alternate histories feel very real and compelling. His characters feel very real.

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Enjoyed this book intend to finish the series!

This was a good start to a very interesting premise. I will be finishings the series.

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I couldn't listen to the whole thing.

There comes a point when casual racism stops being an effort toward period authenticity and starts feeling like a reflection of the author's real attitudes. Almost every Jewish character id's introduced by a description of HOW Jewish their features are, and done of them are routinely referred to as "the Jew."
Besides that, the characters in this book are not compelling. The horrors of combat and atomic destruction are not effectively conveyed. The events are described with the detached, antiseptic feeling of a history textbook. This was neither entertaining nor educational.