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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc. (23 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345506065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345506061
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Conroy is the author a run of hugely popular alternate history novels, including "Himmler's War" and "Rising Sun "for Baen Books. His "1942", which is set within a Japanese conquest of Hawaii, won the prestigious Sidewise Award for alternate histories. Conroy has written for "Military History "magazine and has traveled extensively in Europe where he's taken a special interest in battlefields, historical collections and castles. After a first career in business, Conroy has turned his lifelong passion for writing and military history into an immensely satisfying new occupation. He is married, lives in southeastern Michigan, and, when not writing, teaches business and economic history at a local college.


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Robert Conroy has dicovered a alternate-history formula and by God he's sticking to it; Date in the title (check), USA v. whoever (check), USA faces defeat before last minute turnaround (check), USA wins and the world is better for it than in our timeline (all present and correct). Its not that he's a bad writer, and if you don't mind the formula or haven't read his other books, its not a bad read, but it would be nice to see something more original from him.

I'd also reccomend Niles & Dobson's Fox On The Rhine as a slightly better alternative to this if its "USA v. Soviet Union in 1945" you're looking for

Fox on the Rhine
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This novel is set in an alternate 1945 in which the Soviets attack the Western Allies after the Amercans make a drive for Berlin. It tells the story from various perspectives, most are American but a few are German and Russian. I found the story readable but followed a formula progressing to the envitable US victory.

All through the story the Americans are brave and determined, they face overwhelming odds against a brutal and savage foe, oh you get the idea... The French are portrayed poorly and De Gaulle becomes an American stereotype of a typical Frenchman. The same is true for the British who only get mentioned when they collapse under Soviet onslaught. In such stories it's always the allies who fold, never the US heroes!

This is a book written for the American market and so the US forces are at the centre of it which is fair enough, the Soviets as baddies and everybody else as bit parts. Like I said, it all works to a bit of a formula. The The love angle between half German-half Canadian refugee and the all American hero is a bit tiresome and some of the sections, such as the heroine taking a shower were irrelevant to the main body of the story and slowed it down somewhat. It needed a good editing.

Having said that it was easy reading and I knocked it out in just a few days, so it couldn't have been that bad.
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This is another great alternative history story from Robert Conroy, and like the previous two its set in World War 2. This time however its in Europe.

SPOILER ALERT!! Stalin launches a massive attack on a US corps that was advancing towards Berlin and then crosses the Elbe and moves westward towards the Rhine, the US Army and Air Corps desperately fight a hard rearguard action and make the Soviets pay dearly for every inch of Germany they take. The Soviets and their leadership are painted as utter ruthless brutes (which for Stalin is totally accurate) and the Soviet forces murder rape, plunder and torture their way through Europe.

However their is quite a few dull scenes where the German characters and American characters talk and endlessly discuss the war, their romances, the future, etc which i guess happens in wartime but I would rather be reading about the battles that are happening, so please Mr Conroy can you edit down/out some of these scenes, they dont seem to add anything for me to the story and I would much rather read more about Patton and of course the British forces.

Interestingly the Allies make a peace deal with Germany (But Hitler is dead at this point and Berlin taken by the Soviets) and some Allied units are working with German ones and using German equipment like the ME262 Jet fighter and the Tiger and Panther tank.

However the one annoying aspect is that the rest of the Allies are virtually ignored. Churchill is in a couple of scenes but he is just in the room and doesnt say anything in these scenes, Trueman, Marshall or Eisenhower hold centre stage. Monty is mentioned as are the British Army but we dont get to hear much about them except how useless Monty was, which was possibly true.
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A fairly well-written and enjoyable piece but I wish writers like Conroy would remember that the British were fighting Hitler for well over a year before America could be bothered to enter the war and Churchill was warning the USA about the dangers of communism (which FDR ignored) while 'Uncle Joe' was getting wonderful coverage in the American press. His condescending attitude to the British is extremely irritating and he virtually ignores the Canadians and other allies altogether. Mr Conroy might want to read a little more history before trying to write another book.
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By Jeff N.B VINE VOICE on 15 April 2010
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This is the second of Mr Conroy's books that I have read and several parts are a good read. The idea of the Russians attacking in to western Europe in 1945 were not too far from reality. However I again get the impression that Conroy does his research at comic book store. He seems not to have noticed that there were several nations fighting in western Europe in 1945. The Brit's and Canadians had been in the war for well over 2 years before Mr Hitler declared war on the USA in December 1941. (Please note that that is not a dig at the great contribution made by the USA in WW 2 ... no European should ever do that). It would be nice however if Conroy had noticed the several million others who were taking part at the time his book is set.

As to the plot well it has a trace of "it could have happened" and the action bits are good but it could have been so much better if a little more thought and a lot more research had gone into it.

Can I recommend this book, well not really, not if you have to pay money for it.

JNB
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