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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Unabridged edition (27 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400115868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400115860
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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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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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Sept. 2010
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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.
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By Mr. W. Pyke on 16 Jun. 2013
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MarkK TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Dec. 2010
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The second installment in Harry Turtledove's "The War that Came Early" series starts off where the inaugural volume, Hitler's War, left off. An British-French offensive succeeds in driving the Germans back from the suburbs of Paris, leaving the Germans with a two-front war. In eastern Europe, the Soviet offensive against Poland prompts the Poles to solicit help form the Germans, while the Soviets find themselves facing a two-front war as well as a Japanese attack attempts to sever the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Amidst the maelstrom, a cast of ordinary people - men and women, soldiers and civilians - struggle to cope with the changes the war brings to their lives, all the while hoping to find a way to survive the conflict taking place all around them.

Turtledove's latest alternate history novel is a considerable improvement over the first book in the series. Though his characters continue to suffer from the lack of distinct voices, he gives them much more to do in this book, which allows him to develop them in ways that make then far more distinct from another than they were in the preceding volume. The improvement is such that I find myself looking forward to Turtledove's next installment with far more anticipation than I had for this book, which hopefully will reflect further the qualities that have gained for him the title of "The Master of Alternate History".
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 31 Oct. 2010
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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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By mark taha on 17 Jan. 2011
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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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