Red Inferno 1945 Paperback – 23 Feb 2010
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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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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
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read. Mr Conroy tends to denigrate the British again, but his later novel "1920 America's Great War" redresses this, so is not a consistent bias. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mr. Stephen Parkin
The worse book I ever tried to read. Through it away before I finished it. Conway couldn't even get the ranks right for he RAF.Published 15 months ago by Kev Smith
Credible scenario of what might have happened if the Allies took on the Soviets at the end of WW2.
Although appears to be thoroughly researched it did keep mentioning... Read more
A decent premise and the battles are good, but it's let down by some seriously thin and unbelievable characters and laughable dialogue.Published 22 months ago by M. H. Newton
Another great what if from Conroy. Excellent use of historical charachters. A believeable scenario of what could have happened and how it could have happenedPublished on 8 Mar. 2014 by pj kennedy
Although the plot is feasible the content lacks substance! the book is trying to portray a lot in one cover. Read morePublished on 23 July 2013 by D. E. Roberts
This is the first book I've read by Robert Conroy, and it won't be the last!
This is an excellent read about how WW2 might've finished if Stalin - as was feared by the... Read more
Alternate history is a very exciting genre. Robert Conroy is knowledgeable enough about what actually historically happened to tweak the mix slightly. Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2013 by P Templeton-Jones