End of the Beginning (Pacific War Series #2)

End of the Beginning (Pacific War Series #2)

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by Harry Turtledove, John Allen Nelson
     
 

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Six weeks ago, Imperial Japanese military forces conquered and occupied the Hawaiian Islands. A puppet king sits on Hawaii's throne, his strings controlled by the general of the invasion force. American POWs, malnourished and weak, are enslaved as hard laborers until death takes them. Civilians fare little better, struggling to survive on dwindling resources. And

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Six weeks ago, Imperial Japanese military forces conquered and occupied the Hawaiian Islands. A puppet king sits on Hawaii's throne, his strings controlled by the general of the invasion force. American POWs, malnourished and weak, are enslaved as hard laborers until death takes them. Civilians fare little better, struggling to survive on dwindling resources. And families of Japanese origin find their loyalties divided. Meanwhile, across the United States, from Pensacola, Florida, to San Diego, California, the military is marshaling its forces. Steel factories and fuel refineries are operating around the clock. New recruits are enlisting and undergoing rigorous training exercises-all for the opportunity to strike back and drive the enemy from American soil...

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"Chilling.... A plethora of characters, each with his or her own point of view, provides experiences in miniature that combine to paint a broad canvas of the titanic struggle." —Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly
The human price of war, regardless of nationality, is the relentless focus of this chilling sequel to Turtledove's alternative history Days of Infamy (2004), in which the Japanese conquer Hawaii after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Times are hard for Americans under the occupation. Scarce food and resources result in privation and a thriving black market. Japanese soldiers work POWs to death with heavy labor on insufficient rations. Women are forced into prostitution as comfort women. But the U.S. armed forces have a few tricks up their sleeve, notably a new kind of aircraft that can hold its own against the Zero. Both the Japanese and American militaries scheme, plan and train, while surfer bums, POWs and fishermen just try to get by. A plethora of characters, each with his or her own point of view, provide experiences in miniature that combine to paint a broad canvas of the titanic struggle, if at the cost of a fragmented narrative. Agent, Russell Galen. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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The Japanese are regretting their occupation of Hawaii after all. In this sequel to Days of Infamy (2004), Turtledove chronicles what happened in the aftermath of Imperial Japan's conquest of Hawaii after Pearl Harbor. A quick American counterattack hadn't worked, and, when the book opens, American POWs and Hawaiian civilians-including Japanese-Americans, Hawaiian natives and the Anglos they pejoratively refer to as "haloes"-are settling under the thumb of Japanese oppression. A Japanese immigrant, Jiro Takahashi (who, along with many like him, was a victim of American discrimination) is only too happy to collaborate with his countrymen, while his Hawaii-raised sons are desperately hoping for the U.S. to return. The King and Queen of Hawaii have been restored to their (symbolic) throne. Back on the mainland, the American industrial machine is gearing up for the next assault, the proximity of enemies to the West Coast having put beating the Nazis on the back burner. There's little attempt to subdue the racial nastiness that marked the period (references to "Japs," "Nips" and "slanty-eyed bastards" abounding). While much of the second half is composed of roaring Pacific Campaign combat, Turtledove avoids aside the padding found in so much of his work. This is a leaner and meaner, thrilling and thought-provoking in a way that not nearly enough alternative history is. Supremely satisfying speculative combat fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400143931
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
05/31/2010
Series:
Pacific War Series , #2
Edition description:
Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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From the Publisher
“Chilling....A plethora of characters, each with his or her own point of view, provides experiences in miniature that combine to paint a broad canvas of the titanic struggle.”
Publishers Weekly

“A good mix of a war story and the tales of everyday people....Turtledove paints an excellent, if bleak, portrait of a Hawaii invaded by the Japanese.”—SF Site

Meet the Author

Harry Turtledove is an award-winning and bestselling author of science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. His alternate-history works include How Few Remain (winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel), The Man with the Iron Heart, the Worldwar saga, the Colonization books, and the Settling Accounts series.

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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End of the Beginning (Pacific War Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
J_Clayton More than 1 year ago
Sequel to "Days of Infamy" this book takes us back to Hawaii which is now under Japanese rule. With America's defeat at the end of book one things on the island of Oahu continuing to deteriorate as civilians begin to starve and many American's are now forced to face the possibility that they will never again see the Star Spangled Banner flying over head. In America soldiers train for the inevitable conflict ahead while civilian workers build new and improved weapons for these men to use against the seemingly unbeatable Japaneses forces. Will America beat back the Japanese invaders or will the American mainland become the next battleground?

In the same style of the first book Turtledove brilliantly brings to life what life would be like under enemy rule and is true to life with many of the hardships that would be faced had this scenario had played out. This book begins in a time where the Japanese are in firm control leaving the beginning of the story focused on the everyday routines of the characters. At times this part of the story can get a little slow but by the end of the book the story is full of action which will make you not want to put this book down.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Following the Pearl Harbor attack, the Japanese invade and conquer Hawaii (see DAYS OF INFAMY). The United States counter assault fails as the Japanese Zero controls the skies. Japan quickly installs a ruthless government that subjects the islands to a harsh occupation though they bring back the royals to allegedly rule (under their thumb). American POWs are worked to death without a second thought and the women are turned into prostitutes for the conquerors amusement................ Japanese-Americans living on the islands are divided. While those born in Japan having a taste of American racism support and help their native country, their children want the return of the United States and freedom. The native Hawaiians see little difference between the two sets of conquerors except that the Japanese are overtly de facto abusive while the Americans were de jure discriminatory. Still most residents regardless of ethnicity just try to survive the food shortages while expecting the battle to return as the embarrassment of the defeat has the White House pumping up the military-industrial complex to win the War in the Pacific.................... This is a terrific alternate historical thriller that leaves no prisoners as the audience obtains a taste of racial relationships that leave nothing to the imagination. Harry Turtledove is at his best with the action-packed tale yet the myriad of perspectives (somewhat difficult to follow so expect several days up to a week to read) provide the individual and group dynamics. What if novels rarely reach this pinnacle as the epic saga and the character specific blend into a fabulous alternate WW II drama................ Harriet Klausner
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Jason Cook More than 1 year ago
But it did leave me wanting more. His books are hard to put down!
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