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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2000
After reading the first four books, in the World War series, I was over joyed to hear that the fifth book Colonisation 1 was out in paper back! I promptly ran to the book store and was not disappointed with book! Although it is a scene-setter, as compared to the previous books (taking place some 20-30 years after original series!) the pieces are set and I feel ready for another fantastic series of books - with a number of "clinchers" at the end of the book setting the trend for the rest of the series!
Thanks Harry Turtledove for an amazing series of alternative Earth history books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2000
A much welcomed continuation to the sci fi alternative history, which crosses Hermann Wouks epic The Winds of War with Arthur C Clark.
The book takes place 20 years after the first series. The original conquest fleet occupies the lower hemisphere of earth and an uneasy truce exists until the massive colonisation fleet arrives to discover that they cannot settle and assimilate the unvanquished humans. The aliens are incompetent much the same as ever, though there is more politics since the newly arrived shiplords do not believe the earth to be as tough as the conquest fleet obviously discovered, and frustrations are beginning to simmer.
Also, half the world has come under there rule, but Russia, Britain, Germany and the US remain free and have rudimentary space flight, and technology has moved on since the first series, the humans having learned from acquired alien technology.
By the first 100 pages an unknown nation (nobody will own up though Russia and Germany are happy to blame each other for political gain) has launched a nuclear strike against 12 of the orbiting colonist ships good old Atvar is under pressure to strike back.
As far as earth politics goes, the US is much the same as ever with their patriotic gung ho attitude, as is Russia with its tight lipped poker faced scheming. China are resisting the alien occupation with smuggled arms and the Germans under Fuhrer Himmler are still obsessed with racial purity as well as their technological advances. The jews in Israel have an uneasy alliance with the invaders who delivered them from annihilation, but a muslim religious leader Khomeni is stirring up hatred against the alien spawn.
Very much in the style and tone of the original series, a fantastic read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2000
It ended on an uneasy truce, the world was at a semi level of peace, the Race had settled in the lower hemisphere of Earth with the USSR, Greater German Reich, UK, USA remaining free from the clutches of the aliens... Turtledove had ended it there on a note of definate "status quo".
Now, it's 20 years later and the colonisation fleet has finally arrived on Earth, Turtledove continues in creating belivable characters and succeeds in updating such familiar characters such as Yeager, Strata, Atvar & Ludmilla while exposing the fates of the rest of the cast from the first World War series.
It's easy to slip back into reading this book as if you're reading one of the first trilogy, nothing has changed, and once more the Race, the Humans and of course the reader are embroiled in a massive plot which will span another three books..
Here's to Colonisation: Book 2... Please come soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 16 December 2011
Second Contact resumes the conflict between lizards and humans some 18 years after the first clash of races (the Worldwar series). The same characters are followed, with some new ones, as the lizards engage in a Cold War of sorts upon the arrival of the Colonisation Fleet. There is very little action in this tome and with the myriad of characters it can be tough going to keep up. Whereas the original series was fresh and original, Second Contact creates a few new ideas and pulls them in to a drawn out first novel, with most of the content feeling rehashed. It misses the mark of the original series in terms of engagement, character development and entertainment. There is still the epic scale and although the conflict is almost glacial, the sci-fi elements are just enough to pull the reader through. Worth a look for fans of the original - just.
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on 11 January 2000
A much welcomed continuation to the sci fi alternative history, which crosses Hermann Wouks epic The Winds of War with Arthur C Clark.
The book takes place 20 years after the first series. The original conquest fleet occupies the lower hemisphere of earth and an uneasy truce exists until the massive colonisation fleet arrives to discover that they cannot settle and assimilate the unvanquished humans. The aliens are incompetent much the same as ever, though there is more politics since the newly arrived shiplords do not believe the earth to be as tough as the conquest fleet obviously discovered, and frustrations are beginning to simmer.
Also, half the world has come under there rule, but Russia, Britain, Germany and the US remain free and have rudimentary space flight, and technology has moved on since the first series, the humans having learned from acquired alien technology.
By the first 100 pages an unknown nation (nobody will own up though Russia and Germany are happy to blame each other for political gain) has launched a nuclear strike against 12 of the orbiting colonist ships good old Atvar is under pressure to strike back.
As far as earth politics goes, the US is much the same as ever with their patriotic gung ho attitude, as is Russia with its tight lipped poker faced scheming. China are resisting the alien occupation with smuggled arms and the Germans under Fuhrer Himmler are still obsessed with racial purity as well as their technological advances. The jews in Israel have an uneasy alliance with the invaders who delivered them from annihilation, but a muslim religious leader Khomeni is stirring up hatred against the alien spawn.
Very much in the style and tone of the original series, a fantastic read.
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on 15 February 2000
This book is set twenty years after the first series and continues the story of mankinds struggle with an alien race. In those twenty years people have got more used to the Lizards, with some people not knowing what Earth was like before the aliens came. This sets up for some interesting stories. Of course not everybody is glad that the Lizards are still here and are doing their utmost to see that they aren't here for much longer.
This is a great stroy, but I occasionally felt Harry Turtledove was repeating the same things too many times, if we haven't got the point that the Lizards are a longer established race than us then we probably never will. Also the way he has handled how the British are acting, I think is totally wrong. These are minor gripes though, as Harry still manages to surprise me with new twists. It is also great that he has mixed familiar characters from the first series with new characters.
I can't wait to get my hands on the next installment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2000
The fifth book in Harry Turtledove's alternate history where aliens invade Earth at a critical point in human history (WW2). I would have thought it would have started flagging by now but it hasn't. If you're new to the series - start at the beginning. And when you get to this one, spot the 1960s pop star!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2002
I liked the first two books but now tend to skip chapters dealing with the Russians and the Jews that tend to lose the plot slightly. I will buy the next in the series as I enjoy the chapters written from the Race/Aliens point of view. However unless things speed up a bit, after five books, it may start to get boring going over the same ideas and topics over and over again. I hope to read more on the human space exploration and I fully expect that the Race bred Human girl will end up with the American's Alien expert's son creating a new understanding between the Race and Humans. Who knows the Humans and the Race may have contact with another new aggressive race and join sides, or the Humans may visit the Race home world. Just speed things up a bit and lets have more action please...
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on 17 March 2014
I have already read the 3 books before this one. So I was very happy to find it so cheap :)
Great conditions, exactly what I wanted.
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on 7 January 2013
Great read . HT is one of the best sci fi writers in the world. Here he takes alternate history and turns it into space opera.
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