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Seelöwe Nord: The Germans Are Coming [Paperback]

Andy Johnson
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1 Feb 2010
Late summer 1940, and Britain stands on the brink of complete and utter defeat. Thrown out of mainland Europe by the unstoppable Nazi war machine, the British stand alone against the might of Hitler's Third Reich. Poised for imminent invasion, cut off by U-Boats and bombarded daily from the air, the British strive to re-equip their shattered army. They don't know when, and they don't know where, but one thing is certain... The Germans are coming!

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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Spiderwize (1 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907294384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907294389
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This scenario was created originally by the author as a military tactical exercise. On retirement from the military, the author used the scenario to create the historically based novel. The book uses the 'snapshot' method of moving from one part of the action to another, and the reader sees the battles through both German and British eyes. As well as a cast of well known historical figures, the book also introduces many fictional characters who are typical of the soldiery on both sides. This is a fast paced war story with vivid desciptions of battle throughout.

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Date: Saturday 21st September 1940
Time: Around dawn
Situation: Operation Sealion has just begun...

Late summer 1940, and Britain stands on the brink of complete and utter defeat. Thrown out of mainland Europe by the unstoppable Nazi war machine, the British stand alone against the might of Hitler's Third Reich.

Poised for imminent invasion, cut of by U-Boats, and bombarded daily from the air, the British strive to re-equip their shattered army. They don't know when, and they don't know where, but one thing is certain...

The Germans are coming!


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Read 15 Oct 2010
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Mr Johnson has presented Fal Seelowe in a fast past blow by blow account as seen through the eye's of both German and British RAF, Luftwaffe, Homeguard, Heer etc. The premise works well and Mr. Johnson's years of service show in the exciting and believable action - stands out from other authors both of alternate history and action war novels who fall over on details such as weapons of the period and basic infantry practice.

I recommend this highly and will be looking out for other titles by Mr. Johnson. If I was a publisher I would grab up this author who has produced this first rate piece of alternate history fiction and gone to the effort of doing so through this "vanity publishing house".
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic paced and realistic - top read 10 Jan 2011
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I came across this book by accident but am glad I did - the first review on here is concise so i need not get technical instead I will simply say that as a former soldier myself I found the whole thing believable and well written.

I was impressed that the story told from both sides was treated fairly and the German soldiers werent treated as the evil bogey men so writers would have us believe they were.

I totally enjoyed this book and recommend it
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking war story with a few slight weaknesses 30 Jan 2011
By T. D. Welsh TOP 500 REVIEWER
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First the good news (and there is a lot of it). Andy Johnson is a fine writer with a marvellous knowledge of soldiers and soldiering. As an ex-infantryman he is naturally most at home describing war on land, and that is where the great majority of this book's action takes place. If I say that "Seeloewe Nord" stands comparison with the American authors Tom Clancy, Ralph Peters, and Harold Coyle at their best, I hope you will agree that is high praise; and it's wonderful to see such excellent story-telling from a British writer. Right from the very first sentence, we are plunged into the action as German airmen are briefed for their sorties covering the planned landings on the Yorkshire coast north of the Humber. The scene shifts excitingly between the Luftwaffe fliers, the lead elements of the German ground forces coming in secretly to capture crucial defensive strongpoints, the local Home Guard, and the British top brass in Whitehall as they struggle to understand the unfolding German strategy, and hastily plan a defence in depth and a sledgehammer counterattack.

This is by no means a short book - it runs to nearly 500 pages - yet I found it very hard to put down, and wished it was longer when I reached the end. The tension builds up as we look over the shoulders of the general staffs on both sides, and wonder which of them will prevail. Some of the characters - especially Sergeant Davy Jackson of the Coldstream Guards - engage our sympathies very strongly as their personalities emerge and take shape. After a while you feel you know what Sergeant ("not Sarge!") Jackson would say or do in a given situation.

Unfortunately there are a few flaws as well, and as none of the previous reviewers have mentioned them (as far as I recall) I feel I should.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nord goes South at the end 4 Jun 2011
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I loved the first 3 quarters of this book, Andy has crafted a great story with an unusual twist on the invation of Britain. i followed the charactors and the action at great pace, a page turner, i loved the action on the beaches and the streets of Britian, but then the last quarter was a real let down. British tanks suddenly become invinceable and the real killers of the early years suddenly are forgoten, the 88mm. I know this is fiction but the lessons of France just seem to have been forgoten. That said the book is worth a read, i enjoyed it!

Please excuse the spelling, always a bag idea to write after a bottle of wine, only my opinion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping alternative history 31 Mar 2011
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The proposed German invasion of britain in 1940 has engendered plenty of 'what ifs' Few of them novels. This fine book redresses the balance. The main characters, both historical and fictional; Britsh and German are introduced quickly but are all well rounded and far from superficially treated. Then we get into the action. An what action. It is relentless and it is clear that the author (an ex-squadddie like myself) knows both the period and the terryfing thrill of warfare.
Could have done with some tighter editing and spell-checking, but well worth 4 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I should have hated this book 16 Mar 2013
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I really should have hated it a lot. It is littered with typos, sloppy grammar, factual errors (8.8cm rounds bouncing off Matilda IIs; Germany having enough bathtubs to land 6 divisions in Yorkshire in Sept 1940, British and German soldiers using 1990s NATO slang) and jingoism. The latter stretches to elitism, with only Guards regiments mentioned by name; 'Fish & Chips' units get made-up names like the '5th Loamshires'. As in Johnson's other books the Guards save the day by being rock hard and dead good at stamping their feet. And it really needed some maps. BUT! I loved it. It's almost all about fighting and it cracks along. Just accept that it's candyfloss level war porn and you could love it too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 28 Mar 2011
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A good read the book is from Soldiers points of view enjoyed this book a lot
Only spoiled by the format so Hate these big paperbacks
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and knowledgable 26 Feb 2011
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130 pages in the first sitting, more sleepless hours waiting for me.
A well thought out story with action scenes that drag you into the plot deeper and deeper by the page.
The only problem with this book is its missing maps.
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