End of the Beginning (Pacific War Series #2)

End of the Beginning (Pacific War Series #2)

by Harry Turtledove
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End of the Beginning (Pacific War Series #2) by Harry Turtledove

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, undergoing rigorous training exercises. All for the opportunity to strike back and drive the enemy from American soil…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101212660
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Series: Pearl Harbor , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 198,549
File size: 527 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Harry Turtledove—the New York Times bestselling author of numerous alternate history novels, including The Guns of the South, How Few Remain, and the Worldwar quartet—has a Ph.D. in Byzantine history. Nominated numerous times for the Nebula Award, he has won the Hugo, Sidewise, and John Esthen Cook Awards. He lives with his wife and children in California.

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End of the Beginning (Pacific War Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 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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