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"Turtledove is the standard-bearer for alternate history."-- USA Today

The novels of Harry Turtledove show history balancing on single moments: One act of folly. One poor decision. One moment of rage. In this astounding new series, the unthinkable has come to pass. The Cold War turns hot--and the United States and the Soviet Union unleash their nuclear arsenals upon each other. Millions die. Millions more are displaced. Germans battle side by side with Americans, Polish freedom fighters next to Russian fascists. The genie is out of the bottle. And there's no telling what fresh hell will come next.

At the heart of Fallout are Harry Truman and Josef Stalin. Even as Joe McCarthy rises in power, the U.S. president is focused elsewhere, planning to cut off the head of the Soviet threat by taking out Stalin. It's a daring gambit, but the Soviets have one of their own. Meanwhile, Europe's weak sisters, France and Italy, seem poised to choose the winning side, while China threatens to overrun Korea. With Great Britain ravaged and swaths of America in ruins, leaders are running out of options. When the United States drops another series of bombs to slow the Russian advance in Europe, Stalin strikes back--with horrifying results.

These staggering events unfold through the eyes of a sprawling cast of characters: a Holocaust survivor in a displaced persons camp in Washington; the wife of a bomber pilot and her five-year-old daughter starting a new existence; a savage Soviet fighter waging war by his own rules; a British pub owner falling in love with an American pilot. In the masterly hands of Harry Turtledove, this epic chronicle of war becomes a story of human struggle. As the armies of the world implode, the next chapter will be written by the survivors--those willing to rise up for an uncertain future.

Praise for Fallout

"Turtledove proves, yet again, that he is the best when it comes to rewriting history!" -- Suspense Magazine

"Turtledove, the master of alternate history, has done well again." -- Shelf Awareness

"No one writes alternate-history novels quite like Turtledove. . . . Expect epic political stakes as well as personal and heartfelt stories of war." --BookTrib
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780553390759
Characteristics: 386 pages ;,19 cm
Alternative Title: Fall out


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Dec 21, 2016

From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.

Dec 21, 2016

..., who but a fool ever puts any more of his cards on the table than he has to?

Dec 21, 2016

Freedom is hard to find,...

Dec 21, 2016

You do what they make you do, that's all.

Dec 21, 2016

You got what you got, though, not what you wanted.

Dec 21, 2016

Pain made the best teacher of all.

Dec 21, 2016

A wounded man makes more trouble than a dead one.


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Apr 16, 2018

Pretty much more of the same: narrative switches between characters, events starts to heat up, some interesting (albeit muted) political commentary. I'm actually interested to see how he wraps this series up and the outlook is pretty bleak by the end of the second novel. Maybe not quite as good as In the Presence of Mine Enemies or Joe Steele.

Jun 20, 2017

The second book in Turtledoves atomic Cold War-turns-hot World War III trilogy. This book kicks up the action and destruction, while the political intrigue starts taking the backseat. The plot begins after the initial exchanges of atomic weapons by the US and the USSR, which has also initiated an all out ground war between the Eastern Bloc and the Western nations in Germany. Turtledove doesn't go too deep into the intricacies of the conflict, instead moving the story forward through combatants and civilians on both sides. The conflict exacerbates with each side targeting the other directly rather than their allied nations, with no serious end in site. Both sides leadership realize that their political situations require them to continue the war or face political upheaval from their governments. At the same time, they see no foreseeable end, as neither side could functionally invade and hold the other. The conflict will, or already has, broken both nations to a point of questionable recovery. While this is happening, armies from their satellite nations, being on the front lines of the ground war and having suffered the initial onslaught of atomic destruction, begin to consider shaking away from their respective superpowers.

The only downside to this sequel was that the civilian chapters drug on a bit. The last book made a point to show how the civilian chapters tied into the rest of the story, but it's difficult to see where Turtledove is going with them at this point. Either way, it's a worthy sequel and an interesting read.

Jul 26, 2016

Harry Turtledove continues this epic trilogy of how history could have unfolded if the Cold War had turned hot. This novel is a believable and terrifying depiction of the devastation caused by World War III and its effects on ordinary people on both sides of the conflict. Thrilling and dark, this book will leave the reader anxiously awaiting this trilogy's conclusion.

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Nov 06, 2017

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