- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (24 Jan. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340921803
- ISBN-13: 978-0340921807
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 3.9 x 17.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 795,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Settling Accounts: In at the Death (Great War) Paperback – 24 Jan 2008
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With shocking vividness, Turtledove demonstrates the extreme fragility of our modern world ... This is state-of-the-art alternate history, nothing less (Publishers Weekly on HOW FEW REMAIN)
Turtledove plays heady games with actual history, scattering object lessons and bitter ironies along the way. Strong, complex characters against a sweeping alt-historical background. (Kirkus Reviews on SETTLING ACCOUNTS: RETURN ENGAGEMENT)
Turtledove's books are always great entertainment but in all these novels about an alternate North America the possible route of democracy, demagoguery and repression ring all too true . . . the power of the book is in its ordinary people and their struggles. (SFX Magazine on SETTLING ACCOUNTS: RETURN ENGAGEMENT)
Engrossing . . . definitely the work of one of alternate history's authentic modern masters ... totally fascinating. (Booklist on THE GREAT WAR series)
In the fourth volume of the Settling Accounts sequence it is 1945, and the war between the northern and southern American states that began in 1861 ends at last, as the most inventive and enthralling alternate-history series of our time comes to its surprising conclusion.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
At the end of the last volume, the Confederacy was sliding towards what seemed an inevitable defeat, with U.S. forces striking towards Atlanta, General Sherman-style. While Turtledove picks up where he leaves off, he throws in enough twists to keep the story interesting. And though the war ends well before the last page, there is more than enough in the later chapters to satisfy readers who have followed the series from its initial volume, 'How Few Remain', as the postwar fates of many lasting characters are sketched out for the reader. As a result, while this volume may lack some of the imagination of his 'Crosstime Traffic' series, longtime fans of the series will find little to disappoint them here.
This started with a book called how few remain that detailed a second civil war in the 1880's.
the following trilogy the great war showed us world war one in america with the north versus the south again.
the next trilogy american empire showed us this world from the 20's to the 30's with the south falling under control of a fascist leader.
and this book is the fourth volume in the series return engagement, which details a new war between the two in the 1940's.
It actually is very easy to read and you might be able to pick it up without having read the former volumes, but I would recommend going right back to the start of the series as you'll get more out of that way.
harry turtledove as usual writes prose which is not great literature but is very readable, and uses a fair few characters as his viewpoints, scenes shifting between each on regular occasions.
the war actually ends two hundred pages before the end of this six hundred and eight page book, and what the last two hundred pages cover is the aftermath. the war may have finished but all the hatreds haven't gone away. and like real wars, it doesn't end with a last minute attack on the villains base and everyone living happily ever after, it ends with peace treaties and people wondering what the future will hold. the writer doesnt shy away from depicting all the hatreds and it does make you think about the resulting moral issues, which is good writing.
I've followed these characters through a lot of books now, and if this is the end of the story I will be sorry to see them go. A good read.
I thought at least there would have been some intrigue around the diplomatic machinations in this one but it was left open-ended with no solution on the horizon. Surely we're not going to get yet more books added to this ultimately very boring series.
Anyway, my work is done and I have read them all. It seemed like a good idea at the time but looking back over the whole series I can honestly recommend that you give it a miss. It simply moves the events of the European theatre to North America. The characters are really quite wooden and there are way too many recaps. I found myself frequently skipping over whole parapraphs that were only there to rehash previous plot points. As this frequently involves ridiculous dialogue, it only adds to the lifelessness of the characters.
Very poor indeed.
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