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This was my first Harry Turtledove so I didn't really know what to expect. It pretty much does what it says on the tin in a workmanlike manner with very few, if any, surprises in the plot and fairly wooden characters. Frequently potty-mouthed but with no real toe-curling moments, it wasn't particularly difficult to listen to and passed the time on the daily commute but I can't honestly recommend it. If you're looking for alternative history I'd suggest you try Len Deighton's excellent SS-GB instead.
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I wanted to like this book more, as I I have read a lot of his other works and enjoyed them a lot. Really, I did. But unlike a lot of Turledove's books this one felt really heavy handed in the manner in which he overlaid post WW2 Germanywith contemporary events.
With the non-death of Reinhard Heydrich the Allies encounters a true opposition in post-defeat Germany. Heydrich has had 3 years to prepare for the downfall and subsequent resistance inside Germany. And to anyone who has followed the news in the past decade, every tool that Al Quada has deployed is in the arsenal of Heydrich's Werewolves. Suicide truck bombs, suicide bombers, IED's, other traps and even the kidnapping and execution of service members (caught on camera of course).
Maybe this book works for other people but I personally am exhausted from our own War against Terror that uses the same tactics, reading about them set into 1945-48 just felt like a chore.
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The idea that Turtledove puts forth here of a Nazi insurrection after VE Day is a great one, and it makes you re-think many of the events in Iraq and Afghanistan...Can you feel that we should not be in Iraq when we should have been in Germany...and that is the book's strength. Its weakness is the writing, which just gets groaningly bad at times. I wish it were better, the book takes so long to get where it's going, but it just didn't make it. But I thought long and hard about the ideas here, long after I finished the book.
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