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Red Inferno: 1945

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

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    An enjoyable light read if military fiction is your thing.

    This is my 2nd review of a Robert Conroy novel. Since it will essentially be identical to the 1st I'll just refer the reader to that review with some additional insights. In Red Inferno the author asks the question: what if at the end of WWII in Europe the Russians just kept going instead of stopping at the Elbe as was historically the case? His answer is reasonable.

    I did enjoy Red Inferno. It is an enjoyable lunch time or before bed read for the military fiction fan. An in depth historical novel it is not.

    Based on 1862 I would surmise that Mr. Conroy has a formula for his novels and follows it religiously because there is little difference in the macro level plot line between Red Inferno and 1862. The fictional characters, their actions and interactions in 1862 are fundamentally identical to those in Red Inferno. The story line for the two characters that become romantically involved is so alike that I skipped over those parts and wasn't surprised by the ending at all.

    Still - like stated before - Red Inferno is a good lunch time or before bed read. Just don't expect any real insights into the alternate history that Mr. Conroy surmises.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2010

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    super alternate historical thriller

    In 1945, the Allied forces prepare for victory over the Third Reich by jockeying for position in accordance with the Yalta agreement. However neither President Truman nor Prime Minister Stalin trust one another; while British head of state Churchill fears an Iron Curtain coming down across Europe if the west fails to act so he is pushing the new American leader to take action.

    Truman is concerned that Churchill is right about Stalin. He sends two divisions across the Elbe River towards Berlin to counter the Soviet's control of Eastern Europe though that violates Yalta and General Eisenhower's advice. Stalin is outraged by the affront even as Truman claims it is for peace. Instead Stalin orders the Red Army to attack its former allies.

    Red Inferno: 1945 is a super alternate historical thriller based on the premise that Truman crosses the Elbe extending the war in Europe. Ironically, though a WWII thriller, the super cast (military and civilian) on both sides of the continuing confrontation do their assigned jobs, but all especially the soldiers make it clear they prefer to give peace a chance; everyone wants to go home but not in a body bag. Fast-paced and loaded with action, Robert Conroy explores what if Truman sent units across the Elbe in 1945 as the war with Germany was all but over.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 6, 2014

    highly recommend

    very good book 1st from this author I plan to read more of his book, he has a good grasp of history and kept me interested thru the whole book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Good read

    Pretty fun story, likeable characters and the concept alone is very interesting. Only wish is that the final battle at Potsdam would have been further fleshed out after building up to it so fervishly

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Good book

    Interesting reading, fast paced and very vividly detailed.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Great Read

    A good understanding of World War II politics and military strategy. No new ground, but well done. Very entertaining!

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