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Return Engagement Harry Turtledove s remarkable alternative history novels brilliantly remind us of how fragile the thread of time can be and offer us a world of what if Drawing on a magnificent cast of characters tha

  • Title: Return Engagement
  • Author: Harry Turtledove
  • ISBN: 9780345464057
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • Harry Turtledove s remarkable alternative history novels brilliantly remind us of how fragile the thread of time can be, and offer us a world of what if Drawing on a magnificent cast of characters that includes soldiers, generals, lovers, spies, and demagogues, Turtledove returns to an epic tale that only he could tell the story of a North American continent, separatedHarry Turtledove s remarkable alternative history novels brilliantly remind us of how fragile the thread of time can be, and offer us a world of what if Drawing on a magnificent cast of characters that includes soldiers, generals, lovers, spies, and demagogues, Turtledove returns to an epic tale that only he could tell the story of a North American continent, separated into two bitterly opposed nations, that stands on the verge of exploding once again.In 1914 they called it The Great War, and few could imagine anything worse For nearly three decades a peace forged in blood and fatigue has held sway in North America Now, Japan dominates the Pacific, the Russian Tsar rules Alaska, and England, under Winston Churchill, chafes for a return to its former glory But behind the fa ade of world order, America is a bomb waiting to go off Jake Featherston, the megalomaniacal leader of the Confederate States of America, is just the man to light the fuse In the White House in Philadelphia, Socialist President Al Smith is a living symbol of hope for a nation that has been through the fires of war and the flood tides of depression In the South, Featherston and his ruling Freedom Party have put down a Negro rebellion with a bloody fist and have interned them in concentration camps Now they are determined to crush their Northern neighbor at any cost Featherston s planes attack Philadelphia without warning The U.S.A lashes back blindly at Charleston And a terrible second coming is at hand When the CSA blitzkrieg is launched, the U.S.A is caught flat footed Before long, the gray Army reaches Lake Erie But in its wake the war machine is spinning a vortex of destruction, betrayal, and fury that no one, not even Jake Featherston himself, can control Now, President Smith faces a Herculean task, while an obscure assistant secretary of war named Roosevelt rises in his ranks For the U.S.A the darkest days still lay ahead Across the globe, a new era of war has just begun And in the hands of the incomparable Harry Turtledove, readers are treated to a masterful vision of what might have been An enduring portrait of history, nations, and human nature in its many manifestations, Return Engagement is a monumental journey into the second half of the twentieth century.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Wayne on said:

      Good to get back into the Timeline-191 books. I like the general storyline and there are enough differences that it is interesting to see where Turtledove is going to divert from history's real timeline and where the same stuff happens regardless. I'm sorry to see that he isn't writing in any characters that are actually objecting to Featherston's Final Solution. Lot's of people object to Featherston, but noone seems to care that he is slaughtering millions of Negroes. And I thought Jean M. Auel [...]

    2. Chris on said:

      I wish I could give 1/2 star ratings for books, because this is more of a 3.5-star than a flat 3 star.I enjoy this series not because it's especially wonderful writing (it's not bland, but it's not exactly riveting either), but because I find the setting and motion of history so interesting. And, with Turtledove, there is always the intellectual exercise of trying to spot which actual historical figures in our timeline are parallels for his characters. Sometimes this is almost criminally easy (I [...]

    3. Eric Hunter on said:

      Turtledove writes a lot of alternate history, and a lot of that is based on the South fighting to a draw in the Civil War. This book / series is about the second or perhaps third, American Civil War in the 1940s, and while it is not necessary to have read the earlier series, I felt like I was missing too much of the background to understand what was going on.

    4. Rose on said:

      It's fascinating to consider the different geopolitical relationships that could exist in the 1940's if the USA North and South and had become 2 different countries after the American Civil War. During WWII -- who would be the ally of Britain, the USA or the CSA? What would the relationship of Canada or Mexico be to each? These considerations are the strength of the book. The characters and characterizations of the politics are very stereotypical, and I did find it difficult to keep track of the [...]

    5. Reza Amiri Praramadhan on said:

      Finally, it is war once again! After being downtrodden for so long, CSA finally hit USA, and it hits hard, putting USA into trouble. However, after the initial push, things slowly turned into a stalemate like usual. Meanwhile, Featherston put his plans on negroes on full speed. Unexpectedly, there were not so many important deaths in this book, except for one, which made me truly shocked. Be expecting more deaths of Point-of-View characters on the next book.

    6. eric quinn on said:

      The same timelineWWIe use of real historical figures in his account is genius.

    7. Bobby Phillips on said:

      From about 2001 to 2008, when I was still in high school and undergraduate studies, I was a voracious fan of Mr. Turtledove’s works. I completely finished his Worldwar saga, read all the way up through the American Empire trilogy, and devoured not a few of his single-shot novels. Now, after a hiatus on reading-for-fun during grad school, I’ve finally come back to finish Turtledove’s epic Southern Victory saga, but the charms are finally beginning to wear thin.Most of the problems with Turt [...]

    8. Joel Flank on said:

      Settling Accounts: Return Engagement by Harry Turtledove is the first book of the third series that Turtledove has written in his alternate history series that postulates what the world would be like if the South had won the American Civil War and successfully secceded from the United States of America. In this series, the timeline has advanced up to the 1940s and World War II. In previous books in this timeline, Turtledove has detailed a second American Civil War, World War I, the reconstructio [...]

    9. Eric Bauman on said:

      This book is the first of a new four-book series but it is also a continuation of the mammoth story and alternate history that Turtledove has written about in the book “How Few Remain,” the trilogy called “The Great War” and the trilogy called “American Empire”. This mega-series starts with the assumption that the Confederacy won the Civil War (War of Secession, War of Northern Aggression, whatever you want to call it). In the 1880s, the United States and the CSA have another war—a [...]

    10. Holden Attradies on said:

      The action in this volume of the series is really steady and the war its self is fascinating. During this volume I felt I could guess where things were pretty much going, but by the end of the book I felt like what is going to happen next will not be so easy to predict.One thing that seem to stand out in this volume was how for the first time in a while the narration seemed a little unbalanced between the sides of the wars. We get to see into both the highest and lowest parts of the Confederate [...]

    11. Carnivorous Mower on said:

      World War II fought in North America between the USA and CSA. The defining split for this alternate history came 80 years earlier, when the Confederates didn't lose the American Civil War. This is the first book of the third series which started with the Great War series, which had seem WWI fought between the two American countries too.War continues over the rest of the world too, in Europe and the Pacific, but the main focus is the conflict between the two American sides. It's full of character [...]

    12. David Lee on said:

      Personally, I'm a fan of alternate histories and the "what-if" scenarios that people can spend days dreaming up about. This series in particular goes on the "What-if" scenario of the Gettysburg campaign in the civil war. Naturally, there's more books preceding this particular one, but this book covers the path of the Confederate States of America successfully seceding (try saying THAT several times quickly!) and becoming its own nation, especially when pressure from France and the United Kingdom [...]

    13. The other John on said:

      It occurred to me that this Timeline-191 series is like a big ol' soap opera. The books jump between dozens of characters, each caught up in their own little stories, which together make up a larger tale. I was impressed by the format in the first volume that I read of this series, now it seems like just another formula. There are times I get tired hearing that Scipio once served as the head butler for Anne Colleton, or that Mary Pomeroy's brother was unjustly executed by the occupying American [...]

    14. Julie on said:

      I really didn't like this book at first but it grew on me as I read on and got used to Mr. Turtledove's writing style. At first it seemed like he jumped to point of view to point of view without any connection and it was hard to follow who the character was, what side they were on and where they were located. As I got used to it the premise of the book caught me more than anything else. This is a "what-if" scenario, what-if the Civil War ended differently and the USA was split into the CSA (Conf [...]

    15. Mike on said:

      This book is the beginning of the end of a long-running series taking place in an alternate time line where the Confederacy won the Civil War. This book begins what we know as the Second World War. The twist is that since the South won the Civil War, they are a sovereign nation that has allied itself with several European powers against the North. The South opens the war with a blitzkreig of their own, attempting to cut the USA in half by driving through Ohio to the Great Lakes. I was skeptical [...]

    16. RL on said:

      My review is to state what he left out that I wish he would have addressed1. No Mexican Americans to compare to Mexican Confederates. California is a Union State, after all.2. No internment camps. Outside of the Japanese on the coast, it is established in the story that Confederates study at US schools. I can't imagine they would be left alone. Perhaps Mormons would also be interned from other states.3. Idaho has a large Mormon population. Issues of Mormons outside of Utah are not addressed.4. C [...]

    17. Kallierose on said:

      The cast of characters is HUGE, but well drawn, and the idea of an alternate history where there are two Americas (the United States and the Confederate States) is intriguing. The atrocities that the CSA is committing are at once believable and horrifying. We saw it happen in Germany, and I think that all the socio-economic conditions are in play again here. Still, it is difficult to read (on an emotional level). I also want to scream at all the other racial groups for saying "well, at least it [...]

    18. Michael Thompson on said:

      Just like Turtledove's earlier Civil War era book and World War I what-if books, this series takes place during World War II. I thoroughly enjoyed this series, although I found the Great War series more intriguing. That said, there were some pretty memorable events Turtledove creates in this series. My main complaint with Turtledove is that his descriptions of bombings/shellings/destruction get pretty repetitive (he uses the same descriptions over and over throughout all of his books). Most of T [...]

    19. Larry Corn on said:

      I did not like the fact that the book left many teams unfinished, but it had to end somewhere. The book was well worth reading ,and I would like to read a follow-up story. Mr Turtledove has an engaging style and develops his characters in an interestingmanner.

    20. Andy on said:

      This book was free (for the Kindle), and that's part of the reason I read it. The genre of alternative history has always been something that sounded interesting, but I'd never read any.Well, the writing is absolutely terrible: Cliches abound; literary crutches that didn't work a first time reused several times, sometimes within a few pages; terrible representation of Southern dialect; lots of things that just annoy the heck out of me.If I had realized this book was 640 pages long, I would have [...]

    21. Tim Basuino on said:

      This book carries on the Turtledove strategy of coming up with interesting yet plausible scenarios, i.e. the Confederacy driving a wedge through Ohio to distract US forces from invading the South, the Southerners treating the African-Americans not too differently than how Germany treated the Jewish during our timeline, and the idea that the Utah Mormons effectively took place of the slaveholders as the designated USA malcontent. On the other hand, Turtledove almost always treats his audience wit [...]

    22. Meg on said:

      Harry Turtledove has some interesting propositions in this book. I think I would have been better served to read his Great War series before picking this one up, but the library didn't have the first in the series, so I started with this. The book is very engaging, easy to read gives you a lot to think about. My only complaints are the number of characters (there are so many that it took me about 350 pages in to get them all straight, and even then missed 2 important connections that I should ha [...]

    23. Miki Habryn on said:

      Dreary. Like most of these types of book, there's a plethora of individual stories unfloding in different places at the same time. Unlike the better exemplars, there's very little co-ordination between them in timing or pace. Also, it's alternative history, which, as I may have mentioned a time or six, I generally have no truck with. Still, I did manage to get all the way through it, albeit rolling my eyes at the caricatured characters (can't risk any confusion between good and evil!), and I sus [...]

    24. Alexander Seifert on said:

      I mean, at this point, I could assume how the story was going to go. Following the parallel of 'real' history, I didn't imagine that Southern Hitler was going to win the war, especially considering all the crazy stuff he was doing to certain groups of people.Nevertheless, Turtledove kept me engaged with many clever plot devices, like Pittsburgh serving as this timeline's equivalent to Stalingrad (I'm from Pittsburgh, so it felt like marketing aimed solely at me). That, plus all the espionage and [...]

    25. Jack Bell on said:

      One of my problems with the previous books in the Southern Victory series was the creeping pornography. Each book seemed to have more and more sex scenes than the last one. When you read a book where the main drive is war and politics, you don't want to be bothered with sex. After all, you probably picked up this book to read about Jake Featherston, Irwin Morrell, and the rest of the gang. Thankfully, Turtledove has revised his stance and has reduced these to mere sentence-long euphenisms, which [...]

    26. Erik on said:

      More like a 3.5Not bad, but some major characters get killed off for no better reason than to switch narratorsAt least they were killed off a bit more ceremoniously than Victorious Opposition.There really isnt enough world building at this point. THe interwar novels were good at giving a sense of the culture/environment of the confederacy. Airplanes/vehicles/etc need more description - otherwise im just htinking of like "B-27 but with confederate paint" or "junker dive bomber with confederate ba [...]

    27. John on said:

      Yet another in Turtledove's alternate history series. It's OK. I care enough about the series to keep reading, and some of the characters I also care about - but many of the characters are essentially plot points, and I have some quibbles about the way he's handled the story line. There is some value to pondering the "it CAN happen here", but that was done better in a short story of the same title years ago.

    28. Melanie on said:

      Got this book free for my Kindle. So far, not impressed even though Harry Turtledove is a well-known science fiction author. It's an alternate history based on the South winning the US Civil WarNALLY finished this loser of a book. What is my problem? Why don't I stop when I know the book is bad? I had this weird feeling that the page after I stopped reading the book would totally turn around and I would miss something great. NEVER HAPPENED.

    29. Thorn on said:

      It dragged on and on and on, even with all the military action, and was not helped with the record number of POV characters, none of which was sympathetic in any way, even when you could kind of guess that the author wanted you to like them. Should you read it? Only if you are an Alternative History huge fan and you have nothing better to read.

    30. Kb on said:

      After 8 installments, I'm still enjoying this series, and it's amazing to think of how far I've come. I started in the late 19th Century and am now in the middle of what is essentially WW2 on American soil. A friend of mine recently asked me about the "war novels" I've been reading. There's more to it than just the war, particularly the racial aspect of it.

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