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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416555780
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 640,979
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.64 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Stoney Compton has had novelettes and short stories published in Universe 1, Tomorrow, and Writers of the Future. He is Senior Graphic Artist for a Bellevue, Washington company, and has worked as a visual information specialist for NOAA, a graphic artist for the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game, and a staff artist for a weekly newspaper. He was born in Nebraska, lived 31 years in Alaska, and now lives north of Seattle with his wife, Colette, and seven cats.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

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    An intriguing alternate history.

    A good storyline with solid characters and an unique premise. The background for a North America split into several rival nations begs to be explored further.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    excellent alternate historical saga

    In 1989 in Czarist Russian controlled Alaska, Naval Captain Grisha Grigorievich detests the de jure and de facto prejudice that he suffers from just because he is a half breed. Less competent with less success officers have been promoted before him. However, even worse in his mind is the true-blood theory of law in which a Cossack purebred can invoke Czarist control on half breeds or Native Alaskans it galls Grisha when a lightweight uses his heritage to order him about like a slave. --- Grisha learns how far his lack of status goes when he is accused and convicted of murdering a government agent. Without any chance of repudiating the accusation, he is taken to a prison labor camp with no hope of exoneration or for that matter freedom no one escapes the internment camps. However, not long afterward, Native American Alaskan separatists attack the confinement complex freeing Grisha. The freedom lovers plead with Grisha to join their cause, but he has plans to kill those whose lies led to his incarceration. --- Alternate history fans will relish this superb thriller whose basis is that Russia never sold Seward¿s Folly. The concept and the subsequent dominoes that occur from that opening historical alteration seem reasonable. However, what makes for a delightful thriller is the ¿current¿ time scenario as Stoney Compton interweaves the key events from the past in the present. Perhaps the best scene in the novel and one of the best of the year is the revolutionaries (insurgents?) and the Czarists battle in the cold regions where climate is a deadly weapon. This is an excellent alternate historical saga. --- Harriet Klausner

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