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Publisher's Summary

A Main Selection of the Science Fiction Book Club, Breakthroughs is the third installment of best-selling author Harry Turtledove’s The Great War series of remarkable alternate histories.

Is it the war to end all wars - or war without end? What began as a conflict in Europe, when Germany unleashed a lightning assault on its enemies, soon spreads to North America, as a long-simmering hatred between two independent nations explodes in bloody combat. Twice in 50 years the Confederate States of America had humiliated their northern neighbor. Now revenge may at last be at hand.

Into this vast, seething cauldron plunges a new generation of weaponry changing the shape of war and the balance of power. While the Confederate States are distracted by an insurgency of African Americans who dream of establishing their own socialist republic, the United States are free to bring their military and industrial might directly to bear - and to unleash the most horrific armored assault the world has ever seen. Victory is at hand. But at a price that may be worse than war itself.

©2000 Harry Turtledove (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Alternate history's grand master displays his acute knowledge of American history as well as his keen imagination as he paints a vivid portrait of a past that could have been." (Library Journal)

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Turtledove does it again.

Where does The Great War: Breakthroughs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best alternate history books I've read.

What did you like best about this story?

The narration and plotline.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

Everything. He's excellent with accents.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Afraid I can't think of one at the moment.

Any additional comments?

A must-have for any Harry Turtledove fans.

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  • Lincoln
  • Maitland, FL, United States
  • 02-05-11

The Alternate American Saga Continues

The author is a master of alternate reality with a military twist. This novel continues the US beat down of the CSA. If you happen to be a confederate sympathizer, this novel and the entire three book series will leave you disappointed.

My two criticisms of Mr. Turtledove are that there are just way too many characters to follow and he should leave the sex scenes out because.... well, they are kind of creepy, like reading about your grandma or something.

I have gone through 4 straight novels in the series (thats over 100 hours of Turtledove) so I am going to take a break and move to the 5th book in the excellent Destroyermen series.