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Harry Turtledove , Todd McLaren
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31 July 2012 War That Came Early (Book 4)
In 1941, a treaty between England and Germany unravels—and so does a different World War II.
 
In Harry Turtledove’s mesmerizing alternate history of World War II, the choices of men and fate have changed history. Now it is the winter of 1941. As the Germans, with England and France on their side, slam deep into Russia, Stalin’s terrible machine fights for its life. But the agreements of world leaders do not touch the hearts of soldiers. The war between Germany and Russia is rocked by men with the courage to aim their guns in a new direction.
 
England is the first to be shaken. Following the suspicious death of Winston Churchill, with his staunch anti-Nazi views, a small cabal begins to imagine the unthinkable in a nation long famous for respecting the rule of law. With civil liberties hanging by a thread, a conspiracy forms against the powers that be. What will this daring plan mean for the European war as a whole?
 
Meanwhile, in America, a woman who has met Hitler face-to-face urges her countrymen to wake up to his evil. For the time being, the United States is fighting only Japan—and the war is not going as well as Washington would like. Can Roosevelt keep his grip on the country’s imagination?
 
Coup d’Etat captures how war makes for the strangest of bedfellows. A freethinking Frenchman fights side by side with racist Nazis. A Czech finds himself on the dusty front lines of the Spanish Civil War, gunning for Germany’s Nationalist allies. A German bomber pilot courts a half-Polish, half-Jewish beauty in Bialystock. And the Jews in Germany, though trapped under Hitler’s fist, are as yet protected by his fear of looking bad before the world—and by an outspoken Catholic bishop.
 
With his spectacular command of character, coincidence, and military and political strategies, Harry Turtledove continues a passionate, unmatched saga of a World War II composed of different enemies, different allies—and hurtling toward a horrific moment. For a diabolical new weapon is about to be unleashed, not by the United States, but by Japan, in a tactic that will shock the world.

Praise for Coup d’Etat
 
“Turtledove’s masterful presentation of an alternate WWII reaches its fourth volume with its quality undiminished. . . . A tribute to [his] commanding skills.”—Booklist (starred review)
 
“For lovers of alternative history, and particularly the very popular Turtledove with his appealing weaponry, battle tactics, and setting details, this story will satisfy. It sets out to entertain . . . and that it does.”—Historical Novels Review
 
“The book’s grand scope and Turtledove’s impressive historical knowledge are admirable.”—Kirkus Reviews


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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Unabridged edition (31 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452656770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452656779
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

More About the Author

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
3.0 out of 5 stars Losing its way? 10 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Signs of bloat ahead 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. Because of this, the whole series is starting to feel bloated, as Turtledove stretches out events that could (as he has demonstrated in previous series) have covered more dramatically in fewer volumes. Diehard fans of Turtledove's works may not mind, but for anyone seeking to follow up his earlier, better works they might find his latest alternate history series something of a disappointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sad to say 18 April 2014
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This is my second review of one of Harry's books and to say I am disappointed is an understatement. Yes it follows his style of multiple characters, visited several times in the course of the novel and many are interesting and well depicted but they seem to be involved in one long moan against the war, the leaders, the opposition, the conditions etc and as for the greater scheme of things, the larger plot you have to spot the clues to see what is happening and sadly not a lot. This is my greatest complain, the action seems to be bogged down in the minutiae forgetting to show us what is happening on a larger scale. The great reads of the American civil war and beyond series seems to have been jettisoned for character over plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Turtledove 28 Jan 2014
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Harry Turtledove is the MASTER of alternative history. The War That Came Too Early series has proven to be his best yet and has been a real roller-coaster ride so far
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