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Colonization: Second Contact (Colonization (Paperback)) [Mass Market Paperback]

Harry Turtledove
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1 Jun 2001 Colonization (Paperback)
In the extraordinary Worldwar tetralogy, set against the backdrop of the World War II, Harry Turtledove, the "Hugo-winning master of alternate SF" (Publishers Weekly), wove an explosive saga of world powers locked in conflict against an enemy from the stars. Now he expands his magnificent epic into the volatile 1960s, when the space race is in its infancy and humanity must face its greatest challenge: alien colonization of planet Earth.

Yet even in the shadow of this inexorable foe, the United States, the Soviet Union, and Nazi Germany are unable to relinquish their hostilities and unite against a massive new wave of extraterrestrials. For all the countries of the world, this is the greatest threat of all. This time, the terrible price of defeat will be the conquest of our world, and perhaps the extinction of the human race itself.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; 1st Mass Market Ed edition (1 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345430220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345430229
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 10.6 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 555,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harry Turtledove is the award-winning author of the alternate-history works The Man with the Iron Heart; The Guns of the South; How Few Remain (winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel); the Worldwar saga: In the Balance, Tilting the Balance, Upsetting the Balance, and Striking the Balance; the Colonization books: Second Contact, Down to Earth, and Aftershocks; the Great War epics: American Front, Walk in Hell, and Breakthroughs; the American Empire novels: Blood & Iron, The Center Cannot Hold, and Victorious Opposition; and the Settling Accounts series: Return Engagement, Drive to the East, The Grapple, and In at the Death. Turtledove is married to fellow novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read but many missed opportunities 17 May 1999
By A Customer
This second series taking place soon after Turtledove's well received "WorldWar" saga is a good read that kept me entertained. But it is also a disappointment in that it's pretty clear that the author padded the book enough so that he can make what could probably be written in 2 books into a 4 book story.
What's particularly unfortunate is that Turtledove pads the book with largely irrelevant character building that makes the book feel like "Winds of War" with lizards.
A book such as this has so many opportunities to go into detail on how this alternative past is different than our own. The technology changes, the general life of the average American, Japanese, Russian, German, etc could be fleshed out more. In this alternative history, the US apparently goes to Mars. This is just mentioned in passing. What other types of technology do they have?
Another surprising thing is how little detail is given on human military technology. I know in our time line what 1960 era jets, tanks, and ships could do, what is different in this alternative timeline?
One of the most surprising things is how little mention the United States gets in the book from a governmental point of view. The reader gets no real inkling to where the US stands when compared to Nazi Germany or Russia from an economic or military balance other than a vague understanding that the US is "on par" with Germany in military technology.
Some things just don't make historical sense. In this alternative history, Great Britain slowly moves closer to Nazi Germany in behavior. I don't think many historians would agree that such a thing was even possible in a Churchill controlled Britain.
Even some of the character behavior seems senseless.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strong, if overly familiar story 1 Mar 1999
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COLONIZATION develops some strong, new storylines as it moves into the '60s -- the world's superpowers have gotten into space much more quickly than in our real timeline; Germany, frighteningly, is still Nazi and a girl raised by aliens is beginning to discover her human side. The book suffers, however, by carrying over too many characters from the WORLDWAR series. We get a few new humans and lizards, but most of COLONIZATION is driven by the ones who were left standing at the end of the World War II invasion -- in this regard, it feels much more like Book 5 of 7 than Book 1 of 3. Like its predecessors, COLONIZATION also suffers from a wearisome structure -- chapters of almost exactly the same length, broken into 5 or 6 sections, each of which follows a set of characters through a single "scene." Nevertheless, by the end of the novel Turtledove has set up quite a few interesting plot strings for Books 6 and 7. It may sound trite, but it's true: If you liked WORLDWAR, you're likely to find COLONIZATION a page-turner, too. It would be interesting to hear the story behind the cover art, however, which depicts Himmler, the Ayatollah Khomeini and Martin Luther King, Jr. OK on the first two -- Himmler's running Germany, Khomeini appears to be leading terrorist attacks against the Lizards. But King isn't even MENTIONED, nor is there any allusion to the civil-rights movement in the U.S. I was also hoping to see president Earl Warren fleshed out a bit more -- he could be named Joe Smith here and it wouldn't make much difference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece by Turtledove! 21 Feb 1999
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"Colonization : Second Contact" proves, yet again, that Doctor Turteldove is THE master of alternate history. This first book in his latest series is different from the Worldwar series but different does NOT mean bad. Rather than focusing solely on war this book focuses more on the messy results of the WorldWar. We have mysterious attacks on the Lizard fleet by unknown assailants, we have the mystery of a massive ship built by the U.S., we even have Sam Yeager surfing the Lizard version of the Internet. Some people who have posted reviews on this book complained that is too padded. I totally disagree. I read a book with very well developed characters, extremely well though out sub plots, and a very high level of detail. Some people seem to have a problem with the concept of a series or a sequel. To me a series means the author can write a more detailed and involving story. Instead of trying to cram the story into one book Turteldove has plenty of room to get creative. This book is a must-read for Turtledove fans and all alternate history fans in general. Beyond that fans of science fiction should also love the book. One last thing, about the cover art. I agree the cover art is very weak but Turtledove has NO control over that, and it has nothing to do with the quality of the book. I would rate this book a six stars if I could.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good start at a new series 22 May 1999
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Harry Turtledove's Colonization: Second Contact continues to play out the drama of Earth partially conqueored by a race of lizard-like aliens during World War Two.
Twenty years later, Earth is engaged in a new cold war, between the Lizards, the Americans, the Germans, and the Russians. Britian, suddenly shorn of its empire, has become dependent on Nazi Germany for support, while the Japanese are being funded by the Americans.
The space race continues, with regualr flights on all sides.
Many of the old characters from the Worldwar series are still around, but the reader can meet the new ones, like the females of the Race, arriving on Earth.
I don't want to blow too much, but I have to thrown in my biggest complainants first.
I don't think Britizn would allow itself to receive aid from the Nazis, and I don't think the Nazis would give it either. Most likely support would come from America, as they share a common culture and language.
All in all, a good read and a good start for the next novel in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth waiting for
I was wondering how HT would manage the sequel to his epic Worldwar series. I need not have worried. If anything this sequel is better than some of the original works. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it TWICE
The second time was the charm for me. I liked it after the first read, but in the second trip, I picked up all the little things -- ". . . Read more
Published on 8 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate continuation of an excellent series
Since I read the first of the World War series I have been a Harry Turtledove fan. I bought each of the series as it was published in Britain and I still cannot work out how he... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of Turtledove's best work.
Ever since I read Guns of the South, I've been a Harry Turtledove fan, and this book has only stregntend my love of his work. Read more
Published on 27 July 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars A rather sad follow up to his excellent 'World War' series.
After his excellent 'World War' series the first of the next series is a huge disappointment. It lacks the pace and urgency of his earlier books. Read more
Published on 26 July 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars It's about dang time!
It seemed to be a long time coming and it was worth the wait. Mr. Turtledove does a fine job writing history as he imagines it to unfold. Read more
Published on 22 July 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and well-researched tome
Actually, I'd give this one three and a half stars. Since I can't do that, I'll bump it up to four. The research involved in this series had to be near-obsessive (like a Gary... Read more
Published on 21 July 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good
Turtledove does it again. He has this knack for finding these outlandish themes and making them appear as if they're happening in your own back yard. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy continuation of the first series
I've just finished this book and enjoyed it a great deal. It starts out a tad slow as he works in some background on what's happened on Earth since the end of the previous series,... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars He's not through yet.
Second Contact continues the WorldWar series into a fifth book with renewed energy. It was conincidence, but I'd just finished rteading the new WWII novel, The Triumph and the... Read more
Published on 13 Jun 1999
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