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Excellent 'Stand Alone' (despite the dull bits!),
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This review is from: The Guns of the South (Paperback)
Harry Turtledove writes long books in long series ..... they're lots of fun but demand a lot of staying power. This stand alone book is therefore a great place to start with this great author!
What starts as a simple premise (and to other reviews - of course it's not original, this sort of thing has been done LOTS of times) - going back in time with modern technology to change the course of history - opens up to an epic tale of the American Civil War. The sci-fi bits (time travel, etc.) are not gone into at all, which means the plot stays very much at the pace of the eigthteenth century soldiers - and I think it works all the better for it.
The majority of characters are real people of the period (including some of the minor bit-players according to Turtledove's notes at the end), but it must be said that a little knowledge of the Civil War will probably help - if you don't know what REALLY happened, can you really appreciate the changes?
The books sags for a bit during the battle scenes, but this is more than made up for in the latter half with the politicians of the days crossing swords with their benefactors of the future.
Excellent stuff - highly recommended!!