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West and East: The War That Came Early, Book Two [Kindle Edition]

Harry Turtledove
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Harry Turtledove's The War That Came Early: The Big Switch.

What if British prime minister Neville Chamberlain had defied Hitler? What if the Munich Accord had gone unsigned, and Nazi Germany had launched its bid for conquest sooner? How would World War II have unfolded—and with what consequences? Dean of alternate history Harry Turtledove has the stunning answers in his breathtaking sequel to Hitler’s War.

In the wake of Hitler’s bold invasion of Czechoslovakia, nations turn against nations, old enemies form new alliances, and ordinary men and women confront extraordinary life-and-death situations. An American marine falls in love with a Russian dancer in Japanese-held Singapore, as Chinese guerilla resistance erupts. A sniper on the frontlines of France finds a powerful new way to ply his deadly art—while a German assassin hunts him. In the icy North Atlantic, as a U-boat with a secret weapon wreaks havoc on British ships, occupying Nazi forces target Denmark. And in Germany, a stranded American woman encounters Hitler himself, as a Jewish family faces the rising tide of hatred. From Siberia to Spain, armies clash, sides are chosen, new weapons raise the deadly ante, and new strategies seek to break a growing stalemate. But one question hangs over the conflict from West to East: What will it take to bring America into this war?

 

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1654 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009I742V4
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1 edition (27 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036S4ANG
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second in "The War that came early" series 18 Sep 2010
By Marshall Lord TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Follows on from "Hitler's War" in which World War II started in 1938 after the Munich peace talks fail ...

"The War that came early" is yet another alternative version of World War II from Harry Turtledove. It is quite astonishing that he can still find new perspectives from which to write about that war, but he does. "Hitler's War" was more enjoyable than I expected, and this second book, which was a bit more disciplined in its' writing, was if anything better.

In the opening paragraphs of the first book Turtledove made two changes in real history, and the series works from there. First, in 1936 General Jose Sanjuro wasn't killed in a plane crash and consequently Sanjuro rather than Franco becomes leader of the Nationalist side in the Spanish civil war. Secondly, during the Munich negotiations, Henlein (leader of the Sudeten Germans) was assassinated, giving Hitler an excuse to press for even more punitive terms against Czechoslovakia. In this history Chamberlain and Daladier finally recognised that Hitler was determined on war, and suspected that he had actually ordered Henlein's murder himself. They found the spine to tell Hitler that if he invaded Czechoslovakia Britain and France would honour their obligations to the Czechs. Hitler orders the invasion of Czechoslovakia on the spot, and the war started a year earlier than in real history.

There was (and is) a commonly held view, at the time of Munich and subsequently, that the democracies were not ready for war in 1938 and Germany was. When I was a boy my father summarised this view in seven words after I asked him why Chamberlain did not stand up to Hitler at Munich: he answered "We would have lost the war then.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good 16 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The author continues his story of an alternative war through the experiences of a range of individuals. It is quite good, but he clearly decided to drag it out to write a sequence and get peple to buy lots of books. The orignial idea was fine, but the story is a bit predictable and it would have been better to condense the whole sequence into perhaps a couple of volumes. That said, it is quite interesting and does make you think about alternatives to what actually happened.
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4.0 out of 5 stars west and east 17 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover
Very promptly delivered-thanks for that.Book good but something lacking-would've liked more on how the war was going and more about the leaders of the various countries involved.A map or two,for instance1
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe Turtledove wrote this 31 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have read and enjoyed many of Turtledoves Novels, but this series and in particular this book, is without doubt the worst yet, dull and uninteresting characters and very little action, i felt like i'd read it all before in his previous books set during World War II.

I find it hard to believe that Germany would be equipped to fight in France, Norway and Poland in mid 1939, though he does make the Panzer II to be a world beater, there are many more examples that a completely unbelievable.

One trait of Turtledove's that has annoyed me in all his books that contain UK forces, is his how he continues to refer to the UK and it's armed forces as "England/English" even when scenes contain an apparent Welsh character.

"Hitler's War" was a struggle, but this really was excruciating reading, i certainly won't be purchasing the next in the series
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bloody awful 19 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback
As with many of this authors books yet another anti British load of rubbish what is it with this man ?
Book after book is full of his racist rubbish
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