Coup D'etat

Coup D'etat

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In 1941, a treaty between England and Germany unravels--and so does a different World War II.
 
In Harry Turtledove's mesmerizing alternate history of World War II, the choices of men and fate have changed history. Now it is the winter of 1941. As the Germans, with England and France on their side, slam deep into Russia, Stalin's terrible machine fights for its life. But the agreements of world leaders do not touch the hearts of soldiers. The war between Germany and Russia is rocked by men with the courage to aim their guns in a new direction.
 
England is the first to be shaken. Following the suspicious death of Winston Churchill, with his staunch anti-Nazi views, a small cabal begins to imagine the unthinkable in a nation long famous for respecting the rule of law. With civil liberties hanging by a thread, a conspiracy forms against the powers that be. What will this daring plan mean for the European war as a whole?
 
Meanwhile, in America, a woman who has met Hitler face-to-face urges her countrymen to wake up to his evil. For the time being, the United States is fighting only Japan--and the war is not going as well as Washington would like. Can Roosevelt keep his grip on the country's imagination?
 
Coup d'Etat captures how war makes for the strangest of bedfellows. A freethinking Frenchman fights side by side with racist Nazis. A Czech finds himself on the dusty front lines of the Spanish Civil War, gunning for Germany's Nationalist allies. A German bomber pilot courts a half-Polish, half-Jewish beauty in Bialystock. And the Jews in Germany, though trapped under Hitler's fist, are as yet protected by his fear of looking bad before the world--and by an outspoken Catholic bishop.
 
With his spectacular command of character, coincidence, and military and political strategies, Harry Turtledove continues a passionate, unmatched saga of a World War II composed of different enemies, different allies--and hurtling toward a horrific moment. For a diabolical new weapon is about to be unleashed, not by the United States, but by Japan, in a tactic that will shock the world.

Praise for Coup d'Etat
 
"Turtledove's masterful presentation of an alternate WWII reaches its fourth volume with its quality undiminished. . . . A tribute to [his] commanding skills."-- Booklist (starred review)
 
"For lovers of alternative history, and particularly the very popular Turtledove with his appealing weaponry, battle tactics, and setting details, this story will satisfy. It sets out to entertain . . . and that it does."--Historical Novels Review
 
"The book's grand scope and Turtledove's impressive historical knowledge are admirable."-- Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books/Del Rey, ©2012
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345524652
Branch Call Number: SF TUR
Characteristics: 416 p. ; 25 cm.

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wrath231
Oct 29, 2014

Waste of time...just doesnt hold up well compared to his previous series. Those That Remain and The Guns of the South are far superior.
Harry repeats the same action sequences frequently throughout this entire series and it begins to wear on the reader.

czgoldbe Aug 22, 2012

Pretty good imagination of events, as usual. On the whole, most of the major plot lines are predictable given the circumstances and the title. Turtledove has also gotten in the habit of being very repitative in his analysis of characters. For example, its already been made clear that the Czeck character has stereotypical views of Jews that conflicts with what he sees in Halevy- he doesn't need to keep writing about it as much as he does. Also, many of the advertising thrill points in the summary are hardly mentioned or don't even occur.

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Jan 23, 2013

Women are crazy, you know? You can't live with 'em and you sure as hell can't live without 'em.

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