Russian Amerika

Russian Amerika

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by Stoney Compton
     
 

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1. To many Americans, and visitors from other countries, Alaska means adventure, romance, and excitement. Russian Amerika delivers all this and more: Revolution against an oppressor, continent-wide alliances, and an epic struggle of a people to be free.

2. This is the first alternate history novel to deal with Alaska and its Native people.

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1. To many Americans, and visitors from other countries, Alaska means adventure, romance, and excitement. Russian Amerika delivers all this and more: Revolution against an oppressor, continent-wide alliances, and an epic struggle of a people to be free.

2. This is the first alternate history novel to deal with Alaska and its Native people.

3. Rich in detail, this novel offers both insight into Alaska's Native peoples and a rousing adventure yarn. Its original setting will strongly appeal to fans of alternate history SF who are tired of variations on the American Civil War, World War II, etc.

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Alaska, 1989. In a world where Alaska is still a Russian possession, charter captain Grigorivich Plesnett has a stained past – as a major in the Czar’s Troika Guard he was cashiered for disobeying a direct order. Now, ten years later, Grig charters out to a cossack and discovers his past has not only caught up with him but is about to violently change his future, and the future of all nine of the nations of North America as well. Spanning Alaska from the Southeastern Inside Passage to the frozen Yukon, this is an epic tale of one man’s journey of redemption and courage to face old challenges and help birth a new nation.

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Military SF fans will welcome Compton's debut, an alternative history in which the Russians still control Alaska. It's 1987, and Capt. Grisha Grigorievich, a former Imperial army officer now in command of a naval vessel in Alaskan waters, is chafing at the social restrictions that his mixed-blood parentage imposes upon him. He also increasingly resents the arbitrary and petty assertion of czarist authority by any two-bit Cossack in this backwater of the Russian empire. When Grisha is unjustly condemned for killing a government spy, he's sent to a labor camp. After he's freed in a raid on the camp by a surprisingly well-organized Native American separatist movement, Grisha seizes the opportunity to get revenge. Compton creates a plausible backstory for his time line (the Communists never took over Russia), which comes out naturally in bits and pieces. His depiction of warfare under extreme arctic conditions is horrifyingly realistic and vivid. (Apr.)

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ISBN-13:
9781416555780
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
12/30/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
529,916
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.64(h) x 1.14(d)

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