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  • Paperback: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; Reprint edition (23 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345524667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345524669
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,659 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MarkK TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Aug. 2012
Format: Hardcover
The fourth volume of Harry Turtledove's "The War That Came Early" series opens up at the start of 1941 onto a very different conflict. Britain and France have come to terms with Nazi Germany, and have even joined them in their ongoing war with the Soviet Union. The United States faces a series of setbacks against the Japanese, with whom they are at war after a series of sudden attacks throughout the Pacific. And the civil war in Spain drags on, a forgotten precursor to the conflict now raging. As the year unfolds, however, events begin to reorient the alignments. A military coup in Britain topples the government and rejoins te struggle against the Nazis, and with the French wobbling the prospect of a two-front war rears up as an unwelcome prospect for the Germans. But can they defeat the Soviets before that prospect becomes a reality?

Readers who have reached this point in the series already know what they will be getting in this latest installment, and those who have enjoyed following his cast of characters will find much to satisfy them here. Moreover, Turtledove continues to provide more in the way of the action than he did in his second volume West and East, which helps to keep things lively. Nevertheless, there is still a sense throughout this book of treading water, as much of the key events - both personal and political - seem to consist of undoing the developments of his last book, The Big Switch.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Evans on 10 Aug. 2012
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If you're a regular reader of Harry Turtledove's books, you'll know what to expect here, multi-character POVs across a sweeping backdrop of alternate history. Its all present and correct here, but...after the "Big Switch" of the third book in this series, this whole book felt as though Harry realised the whole idea was a bit ridiculous (and it was, on a couple of levels) and he spent all of this book unpicking the plot in order to return things to what looks increasingly like alternate history that's not very..."alternate". This version of WWII is different, but is different enough to sustain the narrative over the next few books in the series? I'm really not sure it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 July 2013
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Fourth volume in a series of alternate history novels entitled 'The War that came early' which depicts how things might have gone had World War Two started in 1938.

This is not a good jumping on point. New readers should start with Hitler's War.

This volume runs for four hundred and sixteen pages and is divided into twenty six chapters.

It contains some strong language and some scenes of an adult nature. But not very much. Of either.

Following on from the end of the third book in the series, which saw Britain and France join with Nazi Germany to fight Communist Russia, but with hints of British people who didn't like this being about to do something about it, things continue.

In the usual style of this writer's. With multiple viewpoint characters having single scenes, and the narrative getting back to each one every so often.

As with earlier volumes of this series, though, the problem remains that not a lot of the characters are very interesting. And many are just rather generic grunts. Another of Turtledove's traits of having big events unfold offscreen does happen, and initially this is a pretty pacy and readable volume because things do seem to be going somewhere. But once again, most of it does involve generic characters going through the same old paces and saying the same old things. One plotline hinted at on the back of the book, which promises interesting developments in the life of particular character, frustratingly comes to absolutely nothing. And they're not seen for a long time in the middle of the book.

However:

It is very readable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.Flood on 16 Oct. 2012
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Coup D'etat is the fourth book, in the 'War That Came Early' series. At the start of this book, Japan has just attacked Manila,and Hawaii to bring the USA into the conflict. France and Britain are still fighting in the Soviet Union, alongside Nazi Germany. In Spain the Civil War between the Nationalists and Republicans still drags on.

While I found the book quite enjoyable for the most part, there are a few bits that are monotonous, particularly the scenes set on the Eastern Front, where a lot of the characters are based. I felt the 'big switch' that occured in the previous book hard to swallow, and that reduced my interest in the parts of the story set in the Soviet Union, also.

I felt the parts of the book set in the Pacific the best, as it had more of an alternate history 'feel' to it. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, in upcoming books.
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