Harry Turtledove is the award-winning author of the alternate-history works The Man with the Iron Heart, The Guns of the South, and How Few Remain (winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel); the Hot War books (Bombs Away, Fallout, and Armistice); the War That Came Early novels: Hitler's War, West and East, The Big Switch, Coup d'Etat, Two Fronts, and Last Orders; the Worldwar saga: In the Balance, Tilting the Balance, Upsetting the Balance, and Striking the Balance; the Colonization books: Second Contact, Down to Earth, and Aftershocks; the Great War epics: American Front, Walk in Hell, and Breakthroughs; the American Empire novels: Blood and Iron, The Center Cannot Hold, and Victorious Opposition; and the Settling Accounts series: Return Engagement, Drive to the East, The Grapple, and In at the Death. Turtledove is married to fellow novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters--Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca--and two granddaughters, Cordelia Turtledove Katayanagi and Phoebe Quinn Turtledove Katayanagi.
Locked in the throes of the Great Depression, the Confederate States of America eyes another war with its neighbor and rival, the United States, as a possible solution to their woes. As former slaves face the prospect of forced internment and terror grips the streets, a second world war looms ever closer. Turtledove continues his alternate American history with his usual historical expertise, shaping a world that might have been into a vivid panorama of human dramas and world-shaking events. A solid choice, along with other series novels (American Empire: Blood and Iron; American Empire: The Center Cannot Hold), for most libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/03.] Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
The latest volume in Turtledove's colossal and brilliant saga of an alternate (and disunited) United States may be the strongest and most compelling since the opener, How Few Remain (1997). Juxtaposing historical dilemmas and universal human ones, the novel explores weird twists of history at both levels. Jake Featherston leads an independent Confederacy toward war, with his propaganda chief a scrawny undersized Jew. Anne Colleton attends the Richmond Olympics of 1936, still dynamic but worried about losing her sex appeal. George Enos has lost his mother, accidentally shot by her drunken lover Ernie, and is now following in his late father's footsteps as a commercial fisherman out of Boston. Cincinnatus Driver and Scipio are on a collision course with the Holocaust that the Confederacy is preparing for African-Americans in Alabama, but Cincinnatus has also borne the burden of making peace with the parents of his Chinese daughter-in-law. Jonathan Moss is climbing back into the cockpit of an alternate P-40, ready to wield it like a sword of vengeance against Canadian terrorists who killed his wife and daughter. And one does wonder what will come of a WWII with France and Britain under quasi-Fascist regimes. Readers will not have long to wait, as the WWII trilogy is only a couple of years from seeing the light of print-which many fans will find far too long. Agent, Russell Galen. (Aug. 1) Forecast: Look for Turtledove to make further inroads among mainstream readers. NAL recently bought the author's massive epic on what might have happened had the Japanese occupied Hawaii during WWII, Days of Infamy, for mid-six figures. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"[A] colossal and brilliant saga . . . [This novel] may be the strongest and most compelling since the opener, How Few Remain."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Turtledove's Great War/American Empire series is an epic achievement, a meticulously worked-out alternate history of the twentieth century's great two-act tragedy. . . . Bravo! A fine performance by a master-craftsman."--S. M. Stirling, author of Island in the Sea of Time "Anyone who loves history will love what Harry Turtledove can do with it."--Larry Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Red Phoenix