Two Fronts

Two Fronts

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In 1942, two nations switch sides--and World War II takes a horrifying new course.
 
In the real world, England and France allowed Adolf Hitler to gobble up the Sudetenland in 1938. Once Hitler finished dismembering Czechoslovakia, he was ready to go to war over Poland a year later. But Hitler had always been eager to seize Czechoslovakia, no matter the consequences. So what if England and France had stood up to the Nazis from the start, and not eleven months later? That is the question behind the War That Came Early series.
 
Four years later, the civil war in Spain drags on, even after General Franco's death. The United States, still neutral in Europe, fights the Japanese in the Pacific. Russia and Germany go toe-to-toe in Eastern Europe--yet while Hitler stares east, not everything behind him is going as well as he would like. But nothing feeds ingenuity like the fear of losing. The Germans wheel out new tanks and planes, Japan deploys weapons of a very different sort against China, and the United States, England, and France do what they can to strengthen themselves against imminent danger.
 
Seen through the eyes of ordinary citizens caught in the maelstrom, this is a you-are-there chronicle of battle on land and sea and in the air. Here are terrifying bombing raids that shatter homes, businesses, and the rule of law. Here are commanders issuing orders that, once given, cannot be taken back. And here are the seeds of rebellion sown in blood-soaked soil.
 
In a war in which sides are switched and allies trust one another only slightly more than they trust their mortal enemies, Nazi Germany has yet to send its Jews to death camps, and dangerous new nationalist powers arise in Eastern Europe. From thrilling submarine battles to the horror of men fighting men and machines all through Europe, Two Fronts captures every aspect of a brilliantly reimagined conflict: the strategic, the political, and the personal force of leaders bending nations to their wills.

Praise for Two Fronts
 
"[Harry] Turtledove has another major twist in store for the readers and his alternative world." -- SF Site
 
"Turtledove's new variation on the theme of WWII is departing more and more from the original, sometimes in subtle ways and sometimes in less subtle ones. . . . What's next is anybody's guess, except that it will almost certainly be more surprises." -- Booklist

"Turtledove is the standard-bearer for alternate history." -- USA Today
 
Praise for Harry Turtledove
 
"If you like alternate histories, you're going to like this series a lot." --The San Diego Union-Tribune
 
"Turtledove is the standard-bearer for alternate history." -- USA Today
Publisher: New York : Dell Rey, c2013
ISBN: 9780345524683
Branch Call Number: SF TUR
Characteristics: 404 p. ;,25 cm

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wrath231
Mar 04, 2014

To be honest, this series isn't nearly as well written as Harry's "American Empire" series...and still are a far cry from the brilliant "How Few Remain" and "The Guns of the South". The main issues is very repetitive storytelling and not much is actually accomplished. Important events happening in the world are usually glossed over and I find Turtledove spends too much time meandering in boring characters lives, to the burden of the reader. Don't feel guilty if you give this one a pass.

bookwormabc Nov 05, 2013

Another book in the alternative history series of the War that came early. It is a great book for people who are interested in history and "what if...", as well as those interested in military tactics. Turtledove creates characters from all sides in the war; they are drawn very realistically; you can empathize with them even though they are the enemy.

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Oct 29, 2014

wrath231 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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