Stars and Stripes Forever (Stars and Stripes Series #1)

Stars and Stripes Forever (Stars and Stripes Series #1)

by Harry Harrison
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Stars and Stripes Forever (Stars and Stripes Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was never a big fan of Alternate History Sci-Fi. Until I read S&S FOREVER! I only got halfway through and had to run back to B&N to grab the other two installments of the Trilogy. The Story, the politics, the characters, the battle scenes, even the vintage line-type drawings add up to a spectacular adventure! The fact that Mr HH is a long time avid ACW buff comes shining through on every page. To all those disparagers of these works I have but one question... Would you like some Tea and Crumpets to go with all those Soar Grapes???
Anonymous 8 months ago
Good read, but skips a little to get an ending.
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Firepaw pads in saying are we going to start training
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U have work to do she pads out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ewkay?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Stars & Stripes Trilogy is one of the gteatest alternate history series ever written. I have read it 3 times and each tme found something new and exciting. I hardily recommend this series. I have only one thing negative to comment on. Although being a feedom loving American, in love with our Constitution, I felt that forcimg our type of democracy on Great Britain was a little much. The parimentary form of government which our Mother Country has has worked exceedingly well for hundreds of years,. I felt rather sorry for Queen Victory and was agast at her tteatment by the American conquerers. I read a great deal of history. Although not perfect, Victoria, and I believe the historical record, leaves no doubt that she was one of the gteatest monarchs to ever come out of England. All-in-all, this series is a must read! - Leroy Easler
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This the mating grounds. Where gir meets boy andvtada.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a long time fan of Alternate History from two of its greatest authors Harry Turtledove & Steven Barnes all the way to the myriad of short stories that are out there on the subject, I have to say that this novel was without exaggeration, scraping the bottom of the barrel. When I saw that it was a trilogy, I was really looking forward to reading it. After picking up the first book, it became a chore to finish it as I was halfway through. Mr. Harrison paints the opposing sides of the United States (rejoined by the south) as the 100% good guys and the British as the 100% bad guys, turning what could have been a great and thought provoking idea into something that I could only compare to those cheesy 50's western shows where the good guys wear white hats and the bad guys wear black hats. There was no character development at all, the chance to make famous historical figures into characters as human as you or I was thrown to the wayside. Instead we get 2 dimensional characters (at best) that couldn't keep the attention of the most intent of readers. To than assume that the Confederacy would just up and rejoin the Union after spending so much time, effort, and lives to gain their independence is preposterous. After reading this, it makes me wonder if publishers really will publish anything these days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Alternate History, especially Civil War AH, and this concept intrigued me. As the book progressed, I began to admire the style of Mr. Harrison. However, the utterly implausable turn of events two thirds of the way through totally destroyed it for me. To suppose that the Navy of the 19th century British Empire would accidentally attack an ally rather than an enemy due to a navigation error is ridiculous at best. Mr. Harrison does not stop there. When the people of the South who, in reality, spent four brutal years and 250,000 lives in defense of their independence suddenly decide to throw in their lot with the Union, I was appalled at the audacity of Harrison's claims. The accidental attack of the British, leading to the subsequent joining of the Confederacy with the Union strikes me as a deus ex machina, allowing Harrison to deny the obvious result of the British declaration of war (a free and independent South), and reside comfortably in the familiar realm of a single Union of American states. By taking the easy way out, modifying history to suit his novel rather than vice versa, Harry Harrison ruins what might otherwise have turned out to be a very interesting book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author has said that his inspiration for this book came from the realisation that the combined US-CS forces would have been able to take on the whole world in a war...and win. A somewhat bizarre idea, but interesting enough to get me reading it. I would be genuinely interested to find out how he came up with this odd idea, as this novel certainly does nothing to enlighten me. I'm not even sure he believes it himself, unless Mr Harrison actually does think that, had the British entered the US civil war, both sides would suddenly and without warning revert to childish, one-dimensional stereotypes, all the bad American generals would disappear, and US technology would be pushed forward by a decade or so. I give it two stars as Harrison does have an entertaining writing style, plus the sheer novelty value of it all. I might possibly have enjoyed it more if Harrison and his publishers hadn¿t been so adamant that this was in any way a plausible alternate history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like alternate history, this is a great book! It's very realistic, and it seems like it could of happened!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Harry comes thourgh again. Very readable and action packed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book in Harrison's future Stars and Stripes Trilogy. I managed to run through this in one day and enjoyed it the whole way through. HArisson is a very talented writer and his story line is creative and will keep you into his book for sometime (I should know, Out of my 6 periods I red this in, I got in trouble for reading in 4 of them). My only vice is his lack of real history. What happens to the Confederacy and the UNited States is too optimistic even by my standards, the British seem overly Machiavelian and brutish while the 'Guiding Angel' of John Stuart Mill thinks like a 21st Century politician in the 19th century. Not to mention Harrison's horrible errors on important dates, weapons of the time and characters. As a die hard reader of Alternate History I feel this book was a disappointment when compared to the works of Turtledove, Dubois and (to a lesser extent) Philip Dick. Nevertheless this is an entertaining novel, I do recommend it for anyone who wants an catchy and interesting story line, but won't go bonkers over his numerous historical errors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I discovered and read 'Enter the Lion', a Sherlock Holmes pastiche published by Playboy Press in September, 1980 and written by Michael P. Hodel and Sean M. Wright. The entire plot of 'Stars and Stripes Forever' and the inferred plot to the sequel, 'Stars and Stripes in Peril', can be found on pages 90-91 of 'Enter the Lion'. Curious, indeed and one would expect something more than a plot gently removed from a twenty year old work and subsequently evolved only slightly from the two pages from which it is spawned.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I want to know why some of you think this book is a bad piece of writing? I think it is a entertaining read and a glimse into what could have been. It is very postive and is full of action as well as politics. I look forward to seeing the Duke of Cambridge get his revenge on the Americans
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Move to next result
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is coming