North America--1895: In a world far different from our own, the various nations of North America and Europe are racing headlong towards disaster. In the western hemisphere, the war between the Confederate States of America and the Kingdom of Spain over the island nation of Cuba expands as France enters the conflict on behalf of its slave holding ally in order to further expand its own vast sphere of influence. In response, and to counter the growing power of the Confederacy and French Empire, the British forge an alliance with the long isolated United States which like an awakened giant has begun to reassert itself on the world stage. With its old enemy stirring again to the north, its small navy over extended, and its army bogged down in Cuba, the Confederacy itself erupts into violence from within as centuries of oppression erupt into a vicious slave revolt. Picking up where Rebel Empire left off, Billy Bennett brings his first sweeping alternate history trilogy to its climactic and exciting conclusion and paves the way for an alternate history of North America and the world unlike any other.
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Overall a great book. The biggest disappointment is slavery is still around. After reading many economists and actuarial experts, slavery would have dead out long before 1895 or the CSA would have suffered a financial collapse due to the numerous inherent problems with a large slave population and the fact it may have been considered an institution wouldn't have mattered. Don't see the CSA's allies continuing to support it after Brazil gave up its slaves as yet another reason slavery would have died. The only worse thing Mr. Bennett can do in his fourth book would be to have slavery replaced by some stupid apartheid system similar to South Africa. South Africa and various other countries have shown the end result of such a policy. However, I suspect he will do something similar, choosing to ignore the realities of how continuing to keep slavery and/or apartheid would only hurt the South in the long run. While some misguided Christians in the South might continue to support one or both policies, eventually enough Christians would rise up and make the point "We are all the Lord's creations" and require equal treatment of blacks. It would be a great opportunity to address where Mr. Bennett seems to be heading long-term. Here's hoping he resolves the North-South issue as they would eventually come to terms similar to what Britain and the U. S. did after the War of 1812. Here's also hoping he doesn't pull a Turtledove and have the USA, Britain, France, or the CSA become a Socialist country. It's been overdone in the alt-hist world with usually the USA or CSA becoming Socialist. History has shown, and is continuing to show, why Socialism is a bad idea. If Russia and China couldn't make it work and most of Europe is likewise failing, why beat a dead horse? It would be okay to have socialism try to raise up and fail. Anybody who thinks socialism is working in Europe needs to wake up and smell the coffee.
Continuing the saga in this alternative history of if the Confederate States of America won not once, but twice against the United States of America. The CSA is now looking to expand their empire. How will it end? You will have to read this great piece of alternative historical fiction to find out!