Title: The War That Came Early: Coup d’Etat
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Imprint: Del Rey
Pub Date: July 31, 2012
ISBN: 9780345524652
Author: Harry Turtledove
Category: FICTION – ADULT: Other: War & Military

FICTION – ADULT: Science Fiction & Fantasy: Science Fiction

Marketing Copy:

In 1941, a treaty between England and Germany unravels-and so does a different World War II.

In Harry Turtledove’s mesmerizing alternate history of World War II, the choices of men and fate have changed history. Now it is the winter of 1941. As the Germans, with England and France on their side, slam deep into Russia, Stalin’s terrible machine fights for its life. But the agreements of world leaders do not touch the hearts of soldiers. The war between Germany and Russia is rocked by men with the courage to aim their guns in a new direction.

England is the first to be shaken. Following the suspicious death of Winston Churchill, with his staunch anti-Nazi views, a small cabal begins to imagine the unthinkable in a nation long famous for respecting the rule of law. With civil liberties hanging by a thread, a conspiracy forms against the powers that be. What will this daring plan mean for the European war as a whole?

Meanwhile, in America, a woman who has met Hitler face-to-face urges her countrymen to wake up to his evil. For the time being, the United States is fighting only Japan-and the war is not going as well as Washington would like. Can Roosevelt keep his grip on the country’s imagination?

Coup d’Etat captures how war makes for the strangest of bedfellows. A freethinking Frenchman fights side by side with racist Nazis. A Czech finds himself on the dusty front lines of the Spanish Civil War, gunning for Germany’s Nationalist allies. A German bomber pilot courts a half-Polish, half-Jewish beauty in Bialystock. And the Jews in Germany, though trapped under Hitler’s fist, are as yet protected by his fear of looking bad before the world-and by an outspoken Catholic bishop.

With his spectacular command of character, coincidence, and military and political strategies, Harry Turtledove continues a passionate, unmatched saga of a World War II composed of different enemies, different allies-and hurtling toward a horrific moment. For a diabolical new weapon is about to be unleashed, not by the United States, but by Japan, in a tactic that will shock the world.

Harry Turtledove is the award-winning author of the alternate-history works The Man with the Iron Heart; The Guns of the South; How Few Remain (winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel); the Worldwar saga: In the Balance, Tilting the Balance, Upsetting the Balance, and Striking the Balance; the Colonization books: Second Contact, Down to Earth, and Aftershocks; the Great War epics: American Front, Walk in Hell, and Breakthroughs; the American Empire novels: Blood & Iron, The Center Cannot Hold, and Victorious Opposition; and the Settling Accounts series: Return Engagement, Drive to the East, The Grapple, and In at the Death. Turtledove is married to fellow novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca.

My Review:

If there is one thing that I have learn’t about reading Harry Turtledove over the years (yes, I have read or am reading several of his series) is that there are always (ALWAYS) lots of characters and there is something of a story but you will not discover the entire story out of one book.

So this book continues on with ‘The War That Came Early’ series, and as such we only get a portion of the overall arc. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. The good side of it is there is a lot of texture and character interaction in his books and there seems to be a lot happening everywhere. The down side of it is exactly the same thing.

Unless you can get a complete series by Turtledove, you are always hanging on for that next part. Resolutions are a long way away. Not quite as far away as say the Jordan ‘Wheel of Time’ series, but they do take a while. Picking up a book in a series may be quite difficult work.

Harry Turtledove is the grandfather of the alternate history novel and, as such, can be a fascinating read if you enjoy that type of thing. Fortunately I do. Coup D’Etat suffers a bit from being mid-series but the build up to a cracking ending is there and should be worth waiting for.

My Rating:

4 wars out of 5