Hitler's War (War That Came Early Series #1)

Hitler's War (War That Came Early Series #1)

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Hitler's War (War That Came Early Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
DrTomCA More than 1 year ago
Harry Turtledove has long been a favorite of mine. I rarely wait for a paperback edition of his alternate history novels. I can't; they're too damn good. But "Hitler's War" was a disappointment for me. The characters are sketchy with little or no resolution for most of them at the end. Unless you are a serious student of history, and are thoroughly aware of the world political situation in the late 1930s it will be easy for you to get lost. There was too much information and too little character/plot movement in one book. This would have been an excellent basis for a short series of books but, alas, it didn't happen. I will, of course, continue to read his most excellent books, but I cannot recommend this one.
TheLoon More than 1 year ago
This would be a half decent book if you were a young person who did not much of anything about WWII. You would learn that soldiers smoke a lot of cigarettes, complain about the food a lot, don't want to get killed, etc. You would familiarize yourself with all the general stereotypes regarding Russians, Germans, Frenchmen, the English, etc. But, most of all, you will read that Jews were central to all the events of the war and that being Jewish was very hard in this war. At age 66 I found all of this to be very old news.
Tempo More than 1 year ago
A fun read and very a typical "Turtledove" novel. The Alternative History pviot point for this book is that Hitler starts WWII earlier then in our timeline. Here the war starts with an invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1938 as opposed to a free walk-in occupation of Czechoslovakia and a subsequent invasion of Poland in 1939. For some this may seem like a trivial change but this book the first of a series, shows that the geopolitics could be very different. If you have never read Turtledove before, his style is to create his story by moving his dialogues from one setting with a given set of characters to another. This book seems to have a larger set then usually of these setting, so it did take some effort before I felt comfortable recalling the dramas and characters and putting them together in a complete story picture. That said I did very much enjoy Harry Turtledove's history changing ideas in this Alternate History and look forward to reading the next book in the series. The only suggestion I have is that I thought a couple of the settings with respective characters should have been made up of major decision makers (i.e. FDR) to better understand the unfolding of this conflict from a more strategic level. I strongly recommend to all Alternate History fans, History buffs, especial Military History buffs.
JGF More than 1 year ago
In keeping with the 'what if' and the 'might have been' of human history, Turtledoves latest leaves little wanting for his legoins of fans. This first in a series examines how WW2 could have started with the land grab of 38' instead of the invasion of Poland in 39'. As per HT's style, the characters come across as real, with the addition he is not afraid to kill them off in order to advance the plot. All in all a good read and a tantalyzing example of what to look forward to in this new and exciting series.
Legion More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying Harry Turtledove is an amazing author and definatly go and read some of his other books. Just not this one. It starts out plausible but quickly becomes frustrating. The main problem I had was being expected to believe that a czech soldier escapes from his defeated country and goes to France to fight the nazis. If you read the book you'll know what i'm talking about. All in all I was desappointed by Harry Turtledove but will still read anything new he writes.
Sir_Elton_Butcher More than 1 year ago
I have been a long-time Harry Turtledove reader. His early works were creative, imaginative, and page-turners. However, his recent works have been extremely disappointing. He still does good character development, creates a credible "what if" world, and can hold the readers interest. However, in this like his last four or five books, it just seems as if he looks at the number of pages he's written and says "well, that's two hundred and eighty pages so I'll just quit and send it to the publisher now". His recent books have all ended abruptly, no conclusion and no resolution. Not even a paragraph with a glance and what the future in this alternative history might be. Will there be a sequel? Who knows? Sometimes he writes one, more often in recent years he doesn't. When I finished this book, it no longer left me wanting more - it was more like never again! This is probably the last book I will buy from an author that I used to look forward to every new publication.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read almost all of his books, this one left me cold. Almost no plot. Just a series of incident involving various people in a fictitious war. No real ending, Seems like he got tired of writing and quit. Many character situations are left unresolved. Certainly does not live up to my expectations of this author.
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Harry Turtledove does it again with another great alternate history novel.
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OldDog55 More than 1 year ago
Turtledove does a great job with developing a story arc. He also does well with details on uniforms, geography, political developments, etc. But his wordsmithing can be a bit grating. Infantry seems to always "lope" behind tanks. Traits for charactars are repeated ad nauseum. They always over-explain their responses or comments. Thus, back and forth conversation is either stitled by excessive analysis, or very cliched wisecracks like a 1930's Film Noir B movie. But if you can endure the prose (and the frequent profanity), the story rewards your patience. This is true for me across all three books so far in his series.
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