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Two Fronts (The War That Came Early, Book Five)

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  • Posted September 22, 2013

    I have read many novels written by Harry Turtledove. Many of tho

    I have read many novels written by Harry Turtledove. Many of those books I have found to be outstanding, well written and believable. Sadly, TWO FRONTS falls far from the mark. His alternate World War 2 grinds on, now Germany faces two fronts (hence the title, probably) because Britain and France are once again allied with the Soviet Union. Why Britain and France chose to ally with Hitler was a fairly weak premise to begin with. To have them change sides again was rather bizarre.

    The story in this book was dull, which is just so unlike Turtledove. In most of his alternate history novels, the perspective of the people in the front lines, in the labs, even in the factories works well. Sadly, this time many of the battle scenes were repetitive, with just a few changes.

    And enough with all the swearing! Yes, these are troops in extreme situations, and yes, some swearing does happen. All the time? C'mon! Especially when the swearing isn't accurate. I'm not familiar with Russian mat, however I do know that most Western European cursing involves animals, not sexuality. American slang, yes.

    So the book starts with the Germans having to shift troops around and the Russians start advancing. A contingent of the Japanese Unit 723 bombs Oahu from captured Midway with plague carrying rats and other vectors. Is there any sort of panic in the islands? No, they just make everyone get vaccines. The Spanish Civil War drags on. Some new weapons are introduced. The book ends with the British and the French attacking into Belgium and the Russians continue to move forward.

    Yes, I will read the next book. I've invested all this time already. This book is alright, but really, I expected a lot more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    The war drags on and so does the story...

    The story just seems to plod along without too many surprises happening. It's true that a long war can be like that, but it make for a dull read, and I felt like I had to slog through most of the book (especially the war in Spain) to get to the few good actions. Not bad but not a real compelling book either.

    Maybe the next year will see better action.

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