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1942: A Novel

1942: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Robert Conroy
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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. . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345506073
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (24 Feb 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #249,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Robert Conroy's latest book begins with a premise familiar to fans of alternate history: an extended attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 that not only cripples the U.S. Pacific Fleet, but destroys the fuel bunkers and drydocks as well. Unable to maintain its fleet, the bulk of the U.S. Navy withdraws, leaving the Hawaiian Islands vulnerable to a hastily-assembled Japanese invasion. Their forces quickly conquer the poorly defended island, but the Japanese soon find themselves facing an organized guerrilla movement and an angry America determined to take the islands back.

This is Conroy's fourth alternate history novel, and its structure is similar to those of his earlier works. The story is told through the experiences of a series of characters (most of them fictional), with events moving more rapidly towards what is nonetheless an outcome similar to that of the actual history. It's an entertaining book, yet one which suffers by comparison with Harry Turtledove's "Days of Infamy" series, which developed a similar premise into a much richer portrait of a Japanese-occupied Hawaii. Conroy posits a different set of events, but his characters are not as well developed and the pacing feels far more rushed, both of which cost his novel a degree of verisimilitude that is one of the great strengths of Turtledove's work.

Ultimately, while not as good as his last novel, 1945, Conroy's book is a solid entry in the alternate history field, one that shares the strengths and weaknesses of his earlier novels. Nitpickers will find a fair share of flaws, many of which are likely problems with editing rather than research and few of which detract from enjoying the work overall. For its plot, Conroy's postulations on events, and its satisfying conclusion, this is a book that fans of the genre will enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars invasion hawaii 14 Oct 2009
A novel of alternate history which considers what might have happened had the japanese, as they planned to do in real life, destroyed the oil supplies at pearl harbour in addition to attacking the american fleet. Without the fuel supplies they would have found naval operations very difficult, and that would have left hawaii wide open for invasion by the japanese.

The books runs for 359 pages, and it takes an introduction from the writer and a few of the opening pages to get all the exposition in and out of the way. But once you've gotten through that it starts to grab thanks to a very plausible description which pulls no punches of ordinary people being caught up in the horrors of warfare.

Jumping between characters in Japan and Hawaii and back in mainland america it also very much makes you feel as if you're looking at the bigger picture as it unfolds, yet also feeling what those caught up in it would feel. The two main characters are an american intelligence officer and a woman widowed by the pearl harbour attack. Both can feel a bit sterotypical at times but it's that ordinariness that makes them work quite well as characters.

You read on absorbed as the invasion unfolds, and those on the island have to come to terms with it whilst those on the mainland try to plan a fightback.

It does lose pace slightly in between pages 200-300 when it can feel close to slipping into daring do heroics territory but it will grab you again in the last sixty pages when the fighting resumes with a vengeance. Like the real pacific war between america and japan fate plays a big part in what unfolds and it's interesting to read and see how it happens.

Not spectacular literature but a solid bit of alternate history writing that should entertain any fan of this particular genre. Be aware that there's a fair amount of strong language and some gruesome moments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars History is a Playground... 3 Aug 2010
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I've read three of Mr Conroy Novels 1942,1945 and 1945 - Red Inferno and have enjoyed all three. I could nitpick about little details, but hey IT'S A NOVEL not a reference work and as a novel it's both entertaining and engaging. Like other reviewers I've read a lot of Alternate Historical Fiction and Robert Conroy is holding his own very well and I for one will be looking forward to his future work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good alternative history read 21 July 2013
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Skilful weaving to historic characters and events to make this a believable and well written book. I liked the writing style and would search out more books from this author .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book 1 April 2009
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I have read all of this authors books this is his best yet
I could not put it down I highly recommend you go out and get a copy of this novel

Far better then the recent Turtledove books on a similar theme
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