Days of Infamy (Pacific War Series #1)

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"Japanese Zeros appear in the skies over Hawaii and descended upon Pearl Harbor in a devastating attack that cripples the U.S. Navy fleet and airfields. The land invasion follows." "One after another, the islands are conquered and occupied by the Empire of the Sun. In the hands of a merciless enemy, American soldiers in POW camps suffer the cruel punishments meted out to those who have dishonored themselves with surrender. Many older Hawaiians of Japanese origin support the invaders. Some of their children, though, want to fight back. And no
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Overview

"Japanese Zeros appear in the skies over Hawaii and descended upon Pearl Harbor in a devastating attack that cripples the U.S. Navy fleet and airfields. The land invasion follows." "One after another, the islands are conquered and occupied by the Empire of the Sun. In the hands of a merciless enemy, American soldiers in POW camps suffer the cruel punishments meted out to those who have dishonored themselves with surrender. Many older Hawaiians of Japanese origin support the invaders. Some of their children, though, want to fight back. And no matter where their sympathies might lie, under amrtial law, all civilians must respect their Japanese conquerors, relinquish food and shelter on demand, and fend for themselves as goods become scarce." But the domination of the Pacific and the submission of those who live there is merely the beginning. With the U.S. military on Hawaii completely subjugated, there is no one to stop the Japanese from using the islands' resources to launch an offensive against America's western coast.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Alternate-history master Turtledove (Ruled Britannia) presents a starkly realistic view of what might have been had the Japanese followed the bombing of Pearl Harbor with a land invasion and occupied Hawaii. U.S. airman Fletch Armitage, held in a POW camp under horrifying conditions (the Japanese never signed the Geneva Convention), keeps hope alive even as he slowly starves. His ex-wife, Jane, keeps her head down in occupied Wahiawa, tending her assigned garden plot and hoping she won't be raped. Fisherman Jiro Takahashi, a native Japanese, welcomes the Rising Sun in Hawaii, but his sons, who consider themselves American, aren't so sure, even though the white Americans begin treating Japanese-Americans with contempt, particularly those who act as translators for the invaders, further widening the racial divide and increasing tensions. As the Japanese strengthen their hold on the islands, each side comes to grudgingly accept the courage of the other, despite the cultural chasms that separate them. The Americans vow to retake the islands, setting the scene for a final showdown that pits mastermind Commander Genda and maneuverable Zero airplanes against American strategy that includes technology the Japanese lack: radar. A less than neatly wrapped-up ending leaves room for a sequel. With an emphasis on tactics and warfare technology, this exciting, well-researched alternate history will please history buffs and SF fans alike. Agent, Russell Galen. (Nov. 2) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The Japanese attack on Hawaii in 1941 does not end with Pearl Harbor. Soon, Japanese soldiers occupy the Hawaiian Islands, and U.S. soldiers suffer in makeshift POW camps. The master of alternate history begins another series covering World War II, this time focusing on the war in the Pacific. Factions come alive, from the Japanese warriors to the Americans who make Hawaii their home to the natives who find their loyalties torn. Turtledove excels at showing the big picture through the eyes of the individual men and women whose daily lives reflect the urgency and desperation of their times. A solid addition to sf or fantasy collections, particularly where Turtledove has a following. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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"A starkly realistic view of what might have been had the Japanese followed the bombing of Pearl Harbor with a land invasion and occupied Hawaii.... Exciting." —-Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451460561
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Series: Pacific War Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 408,405
  • Product dimensions: 4.48 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 1.45 (d)

Meet the Author


Harry Turtledove is an award-winning full-time writer of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and historical fiction, including the novels The Guns of the South and How Few Remain.

John Allen Nelson's critically acclaimed roles on television's 24 and Vanished are among the highlights of his twenty-five-plus years as an actor, screenwriter, and film producer. As a narrator, he won an AudioFile Earphones Award for his reading of Zoo Story by Thomas French.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    I don't know what previous reviewers have against this book!

    This is an extremely dramatic, highly interesting book. As a wife and mother of Japanese citizens, I particularly enjoyed it. Its only flaw is that a lot of the characters are not especially sympathetic. (To me, the Japanese ones tended to be more likeable than the Americans!) But to see American history turned on its head is thought-provoking.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2006

    Engrossing, but w/loose ends and flaws

    I've been a fan of Harry Turtledove's writings for 5 years, and while 'Days on Infamy' was engrossing and with fascinating characters, as is true of all his other titles, this one leaves much to be desired. As a couple of other reviewers have already pointed, you don't find out what happens to 90% of the characters. br P The unwrapped loose ends wouldn't be so bad if it were evident that Turtledove intended this to be the first installment in a series (a la 'The Great War' and 'Settling Accounts' trilogies) but the author gives no such indication rather, this appears to be a stand-alone novel with no plans for a sequel. br P There is also one scene in partucular that struck me, as an active-duty military officer AND a military history buff to boot, as being non-sensical: the scene in which Japanese Army Corporal Shimuzu, taking his troops for a night out on the town, requires his men to salute NCOs and not just commissioned officers. I know of NO military, past or present, that requires enlisted men to salute NCOs (excpet during certain ceremonious occasions such as guardmount/open ranks inspections). Yes, the Imperial Japanese Army was very disciplinarian and elitist, but I seriously doubt that they'd flout long-standing S.O.P. military tradition, customs, and courtesies in that manner! br P That said, the battle scenes are thrilling, and the characters, Japanese and American alike, grab your attention. As someone who has several second and third-generation Japanese-American friends, I can feel for characters like Kenzo 'Ken' Takahashi who are struggling to gain acceptance as real Americans, while I'm disgusted with the cavalier and dictator-coddling attitude of Ken's father Jiro, who's been reaping the benefits and freedoms of living in America for so long yet is completely ingrateful for said freedoms to the point that he openly kisses up to the Imperial Japanese occupiers. br P The ending is disturbing to say the least and makes you really stop and think, 'What if?' And as an American whose father served in the USMC in WWII and whose mother endured Tojo's brutal occupation of the Philippines from 1941-45, it makes me thank God that much more that things did NOT really turn out as envisioned in Turtledove's novel, and thank God that Tojo's evil, despotic regime was ultimately defeated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2007

    Not even half a story

    I love alternative history and I keep hearing that Turtledove is the master of the genere. From what I can see it's nonsense. There was 150 pages of great story in this book. Unfortunately the novel was more than 500 pages long. The entire book does little but set up what must be a three or four book series. There are far too many characters with too many elaborate background stories and the plot grinds to a halt. One of the stories is the riveting tale of a woman growing sweet potatoes! Turtledove is also extremely selective about the 'reality' he brings in. He beats the reader over the head with the superiority of the Zero over the Wildcat [mentioning it more than ten times] but fails to bring in the Allies breaking of the Japanese naval code [JN25] or the Japanese navy's eternal search for the 'ultimate battleship showdown'. Both of these should have come into the story. Still, if Turtledove would stop trying to drag the story out into a cash cow trilogy he might be able to tell a passable story. As it is don't waste your time and money on this mess.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2004

    Alternative Book Needed For This Alternative View

    This is the first and last Turtledove novel that I purchased. While I find the concept of alternative history interesting, it is nevertheless still a 'story.' The author takes an inordinate amount of time setting up the central cast of characters, to the point that you literally develop a vested interest in their plot lines, only to be left at the end of the book not knowing what happens to 90% of them. The concept, of an actual Japanese landing force in the Hawaiian islands is intriguing, as that is what the U.S. was truly concerned about after the real attack in 1941. Buying and reading this book left me with the same feeling that I would have if I just had a restaurant waiter come back and tell me my credit card was over the limit: I would be confused and embarassed about the whole situation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2004

    Improbable and annoying

    I found this book annoying on several levels. The Japanese, having manufactured troops, shipping, and oil out of thin air, descend on Hawaii and defeat 300 land- and ship-based US aircraft with barely a scratch to one of their carriers. They then are allowed six months to consolidate their conquest without a ripost from the US Fleet. Many US ships are conveniently trapped in Pearl Harbor, while the Japanese sail without an anchorage for months. Much of the book is dedicated to the suffering of POWs, and white and Japanese-american citizens, which rapidly becomes boring. Mr. Turtledove also places events and quotes (like Eisenhower's never-delivered D-Day defeat speech)into this new alternate history without footnotes or attribution. And then the book ends, leaving the reader out his $25 for half a story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    What an amazing book

    It made me feel like I was there.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Great two book series

    It left me wanting more. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    What could have been.

    This book is an awesome telling of what could of happened in Hawaii had the Japaneses chosen to continue their attack rather than pull back after their devastating assault on US forces stationed there. This book follows the lives of several characters giving you a view of life from all sides of the conflict including civilian, soldier, and prisoner. A must read for anyone interested in World War Two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2008

    A suspenseful masterpiece that makes you wish for more.

    First I must admit to some surprise at the differing reviews for ¿Days of Infamy¿. I loved it. Yes, it is WW2 but a quite different scenario than his other books in this time. In this book, Japan follows up her attack on the `sleeping giant¿ with an invasion. He looks at a reaction from the shattered U.S forces and a hasty response from the main land later. I found the book to be a ¿page turner¿, i.e. a book that I could not put down. I read it in a week and constantly enjoyed the different viewpoints from Japanese and U.S sailors, army and aviators. As a bonus the civilian population, both Japanese and ¿haoles¿, provided a great contrasting viewpoint. Sam Hendricks, author of ¿Fantasy Football Guidebook: Your Comprehensive Guide to Playing Fantasy Football¿.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2005

    Not the usual Turtledove brilliance

    I am an avid fan of Harry Turtledove, and I especially enjoyed his 'World War' and 'Great War' stories. I was expecting brilliance when I purchased this book. Instead, I found a rather dull and boring story. I suspect that Turtledove began this book with high hopes but quite frankly, didn't know how to end it. Stay away from this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2004

    IT ALMOST HAPPENED THIS WAY

    DAYS OF INFANMY IS A BOOK THAT YOU HAVE TO READ CAUSE THE WRITER( HARRY TURTLEDOVE) TAKES AN INDEPTH LOOK AT WHAT MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED HAD THE SCALES BEEN TIPPED IN FAVOR OF THE ENEMY FORCES. AND IF YOU READ ANY HISTORY BOOK OR WATCH ANY MILITARY DOCUMAENTAY YOU KNOW THAT THERE WERE TIMES WERE THE ENEMY ALMOST HAD THE UPPER HAND AND WHAT THIS BOOK DOES IS TO TRAVEL DOWN THAT ROAD FOR AWHILE SO IF ANYTHING THIS BOOK IS MORE TRUTH THEAN FICTION.NOT ONLY THAT THE MILITARY DETAIL IS HIGHLY DETAILED AND HARRY TURTLEDOVE IS A GREAT WRITER

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Outstanding

    The Japanese plan to bomb Pearl Harbor when Commander Genda persuades Admiral Yamamoto to also occupy Hawaii. That would enable the Japanese to extend their territorial base and make for ease to bomb the American far west and cut the enemy off from allies like Australia and New Zealand. His superiors approve the daring plan.................................... Whites control Hawaii with Japanese treated as third class citizens. When the attack occurs, the Americans are taken by surprise and react in a disorganized manor, even the soldiers.. Their weaponry is destroyed. The bombardment is followed up with precise military action and the Japanese Army force the Americans to surrender. POWs are treated with contempt and abuse while those Japanese who have lived on Hawaii for years collaborate with their conquering brethren. The local Americans on bended knees to the invaders look to the forty-eight states hoping they will make a move to liberate them............................. Harry Turtledove, the grandmaster of alternate history, has written an exciting military thriller that answers the what if question of what would happen if Japan invaded and occupied Hawaii not just bombing Pearl Harbor? Most readers will believe after an early bout of skepticism that the events in DAY OF INFAMY could have happened. Most interesting is the outlook of Japanese living in Hawaii as the parent generation believes they are Japanese while their children feel American. This is another triumph from Mr. Turtledove................................. Harriet Klausner

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