V-S Day [NOOK Book]

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With a gift for visionary fiction that “would make Robert A. Heinlein proud” (Entertainment Weekly) three-time Hugo Award-winning author Allen Steele now imagines an alternate history rooted in an actual historical possibility: what if the race to space had occurred in the early days of WWII?
 
It's 1941, and Wernher von Braun is ordered by his Fuehrer to abandon the V2 rocket and turn German resources in a daring new ...
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V-S Day

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Overview

With a gift for visionary fiction that “would make Robert A. Heinlein proud” (Entertainment Weekly) three-time Hugo Award-winning author Allen Steele now imagines an alternate history rooted in an actual historical possibility: what if the race to space had occurred in the early days of WWII?
 
It's 1941, and Wernher von Braun is ordered by his Fuehrer to abandon the V2 rocket and turn German resources in a daring new direction: construction of a manned orbital spacecraft capable of attacking the U.S. Work on the rocket—called Silbervogel—begins at Peenemunde. Though it is top secret, British intelligence discovers the plan, and brings word to Franklin Roosevelt. The American President determines that there is only one logical response: the U.S. must build a spacecraft capable of intercepting Silbervogel and destroying it. Robert Goddard, inventor of the liquid-fuel rocket, agrees to head the classified project.

So begins a race against time—between two secret military programs and two brilliant scientists whose high-stakes competition will spiral into a deadly game of political intrigue and unforeseen catastrophes played to the death in the brutal skies above America.
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Praise for Allen Steele

“Would make Robert A. Heinlein proud.”—Entertainment Weekly

“One of the field’s very finest writers.” —Robert J. Sawyer, Nebula Award–winning author

“Allen Steele is among the best.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Allen Steele is always good.”—Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author

“The closest thing the science fiction world now has to Robert A. Heinlein.”—SFRevu

And Praise for VS Day

“Filled with fascinating minutiae of the early days of modern rocketry and exceptional characterization.”—Booklist

“Awesome, meticulous attention to scientific details, engineering protocols, bureaucratic procedures, and international politics.”—Locus

“A searing blast of ‘what if.’”—SFFWorld.com

“Thoughtful and fascinating, as entertaining and well-executed an alternate history as you’re going to find. It’s subtle and ultimately successful, demonstrating once again that you can take a tiny moment, alter a simple decision, and end up with something new and interesting. This, like anything, shows why Steele’s a multiple Hugo winner, and why he remains relevant.”—Tor.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101638811
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 55,514
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Allen Steele is the three-time Hugo Award-winning author of Coyote Destiny, Coyote Horizon, Coyote, and Coyote Rising. Originally a journalist who covered the space program, Steele later turned to fiction writing and his first novel, Orbital Decay, was chosen Best First Novel of the Year by Locus. Allen himself went on to be twice nominated for the John W. Campbell award for Best New Writer. In 2013, he received the Robert A. Heinlein Award for outstanding published works in science fiction. He and his wife, Linda, who is a DJ, now live in Massachusetts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    I love this alternate history stuff! Great book! Another good re

    I love this alternate history stuff! Great book! Another good read try Hector's Juice!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    Glory

    Flew around in the jungle.

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  • Posted April 26, 2014

    V-S day was an enjoyable fast read.  I did feel let down by the

    V-S day was an enjoyable fast read.  I did feel let down by the story's lack of depth.

    The book does not describe the engineering efforts and problems that needed to be solved to pull off this amazing engineering feat in such a short period of time. 
    One area that I would have like to have seen in the story line was more about the slave labor conditions the Nazis imposed on their conscripted workers.

    The engineering problems that needed to be solved in 1940's technology to launch manned suborbital military vehicles without some explanation seems a stretch.
    So I will say that this well written book left me hungry for more details.

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