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Red Inferno: 1945: A Novel

Red Inferno: 1945: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Robert Conroy
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In April 1945, the Allies are charging toward Berlin from the west, the Russians from the east. For Hitler, the situation is hopeless. But at this turning point in history, another war is about to explode.
To win World War II, the Allies dealt with the devil. Joseph Stalin helped FDR, Churchill, and Truman crush Hitler. But what if “Uncle Joe” had given in to his desire to possess Germany and all of Europe? In this stunning novel, Robert Conroy picks up the history of the war just as American troops cross the Elbe into Germany. Then Stalin slams them with the brute force of his enormous Soviet army.

From American soldiers and German civilians trapped in the ruins of Potsdam to U.S. military men fighting behind enemy lines, from a scholarly Russia expert who becomes a secret player in a new war to Stalin’s cult of killers in Moscow, this saga captures the human face of international conflict. With the Soviets vastly outnumbering the Americans—but undercut by chronic fuel shortages and mistrust—Eisenhower employs a brilliant strategy of retreat to buy critical time for air superiority. Soon, Truman makes a series of controversial decisions, enlisting German help and planning to devastate the massive Red Army by using America’s ultimate and most secret weapon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345506065
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (23 Feb 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030DHPEI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,516 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very American war 9 April 2010
Robert Conroy has dicovered a alternate-history formula and by God he's sticking to it; Date in the title (check), USA v. whoever (check), USA faces defeat before last minute turnaround (check), USA wins and the world is better for it than in our timeline (all present and correct). Its not that he's a bad writer, and if you don't mind the formula or haven't read his other books, its not a bad read, but it would be nice to see something more original from him.

I'd also reccomend Niles & Dobson's Fox On The Rhine as a slightly better alternative to this if its "USA v. Soviet Union in 1945" you're looking for

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well, it was okay but it ain't Tolstoy 4 April 2010
This novel is set in an alternate 1945 in which the Soviets attack the Western Allies after the Amercans make a drive for Berlin. It tells the story from various perspectives, most are American but a few are German and Russian. I found the story readable but followed a formula progressing to the envitable US victory.

All through the story the Americans are brave and determined, they face overwhelming odds against a brutal and savage foe, oh you get the idea... The French are portrayed poorly and De Gaulle becomes an American stereotype of a typical Frenchman. The same is true for the British who only get mentioned when they collapse under Soviet onslaught. In such stories it's always the allies who fold, never the US heroes!

This is a book written for the American market and so the US forces are at the centre of it which is fair enough, the Soviets as baddies and everybody else as bit parts. Like I said, it all works to a bit of a formula. The The love angle between half German-half Canadian refugee and the all American hero is a bit tiresome and some of the sections, such as the heroine taking a shower were irrelevant to the main body of the story and slowed it down somewhat. It needed a good editing.

Having said that it was easy reading and I knocked it out in just a few days, so it couldn't have been that bad.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its OK but only just 15 April 2010
By J. N. Bullock VINE VOICE
This is the second of Mr Conroy's books that I have read and several parts are a good read. The idea of the Russians attacking in to western Europe in 1945 were not too far from reality. However I again get the impression that Conroy does his research at comic book store. He seems not to have noticed that there were several nations fighting in western Europe in 1945. The Brit's and Canadians had been in the war for well over 2 years before Mr Hitler declared war on the USA in December 1941. (Please note that that is not a dig at the great contribution made by the USA in WW 2 ... no European should ever do that). It would be nice however if Conroy had noticed the several million others who were taking part at the time his book is set.

As to the plot well it has a trace of "it could have happened" and the action bits are good but it could have been so much better if a little more thought and a lot more research had gone into it.

Can I recommend this book, well not really, not if you have to pay money for it.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read but..... 19 Mar 2010
Robert Conroy's latest effort is worth reading but its major weakness is the way in which he concentrates almost exclusively on the Americans' efforts to stop the Soviets. And what happens to Montgomery is laughable. He clearly lacks an understanding of what Montgomery did during the war. I also get the feeling that he was simply not interested in expanding the role of the British and the other Allies.It's just a shame that the Alternate History market is dominated by the Americans.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough, but what about the Allies? 2 Mar 2010
A fairly well-written and enjoyable piece but I wish writers like Conroy would remember that the British were fighting Hitler for well over a year before America could be bothered to enter the war and Churchill was warning the USA about the dangers of communism (which FDR ignored) while 'Uncle Joe' was getting wonderful coverage in the American press. His condescending attitude to the British is extremely irritating and he virtually ignores the Canadians and other allies altogether. Mr Conroy might want to read a little more history before trying to write another book.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it but... 1 Mar 2010
This is another great alternative history story from Robert Conroy, and like the previous two its set in World War 2. This time however its in Europe.

SPOILER ALERT!! Stalin launches a massive attack on a US corps that was advancing towards Berlin and then crosses the Elbe and moves westward towards the Rhine, the US Army and Air Corps desperately fight a hard rearguard action and make the Soviets pay dearly for every inch of Germany they take. The Soviets and their leadership are painted as utter ruthless brutes (which for Stalin is totally accurate) and the Soviet forces murder rape, plunder and torture their way through Europe.

However their is quite a few dull scenes where the German characters and American characters talk and endlessly discuss the war, their romances, the future, etc which i guess happens in wartime but I would rather be reading about the battles that are happening, so please Mr Conroy can you edit down/out some of these scenes, they dont seem to add anything for me to the story and I would much rather read more about Patton and of course the British forces.

Interestingly the Allies make a peace deal with Germany (But Hitler is dead at this point and Berlin taken by the Soviets) and some Allied units are working with German ones and using German equipment like the ME262 Jet fighter and the Tiger and Panther tank.

However the one annoying aspect is that the rest of the Allies are virtually ignored. Churchill is in a couple of scenes but he is just in the room and doesnt say anything in these scenes, Trueman, Marshall or Eisenhower hold centre stage. Monty is mentioned as are the British Army but we dont get to hear much about them except how useless Monty was, which was possibly true.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars hoofing read
Another great what if from Conroy. Excellent use of historical charachters. A believeable scenario of what could have happened and how it could have happened
Published 1 month ago by pj kennedy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good
Although the plot is feasible the content lacks substance! the book is trying to portray a lot in one cover. Read more
Published 8 months ago by D. E. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant 'what might've happened'
This is the first book I've read by Robert Conroy, and it won't be the last!

This is an excellent read about how WW2 might've finished if Stalin - as was feared by the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cyberbia
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR HISTORY BUFFS
Alternate history is a very exciting genre. Robert Conroy is knowledgeable enough about what actually historically happened to tweak the mix slightly. Read more
Published 14 months ago by P Templeton-Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Inferno
A well writen book,good character development and a storyline which holds the attention. An alternative history which would have been a nightmare for Europe. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. Gary Marshall
3.0 out of 5 stars Criticisms are mostly unfair
Most of the reviews here remind me of the hostile comments "Band of Brothers" or "Saving Private Ryan" received. Read more
Published on 25 May 2011 by Peter Symonds
1.0 out of 5 stars Shoddy Stuff
No historian, our Mr Conroy.

Whilst I appreciate it is supposed to be alternate history, it has been poorly written and poorly edited. Read more
Published on 18 May 2011 by Pepperrell
1.0 out of 5 stars Good concept poor application
When I intitially got this book I was excited to read about a possible what if at the end of WW2. I was so disspointed in this first foray into the authors books that I will not be... Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2010 by Mr C D Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars The enemy of my enemy
An alternate history novel speculating what might have happened if, in 1945, American troops had gone on to Berlin once they'd crossed the River Elbe, rather than being ordered to... Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2010 by Paul Tapner
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