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Bombs Away : The Hot War
by Harry Turtledove


Overview - In his acclaimed novels of alternate history, Harry Turtledove has scrutinized the twisted soul of the twentieth century, from the forces that set World War I in motion to the rise of fascism in the decades that followed. Now, this masterly storyteller turns his eyes to the aftermath of World War II and asks: In an era of nuclear posturing, what if the Cold War had suddenly turned hot?  Read more...

 
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Overview
In his acclaimed novels of alternate history, Harry Turtledove has scrutinized the twisted soul of the twentieth century, from the forces that set World War I in motion to the rise of fascism in the decades that followed. Now, this masterly storyteller turns his eyes to the aftermath of World War II and asks: In an era of nuclear posturing, what if the Cold War had suddenly turned hot?
Bombs Away begins with President Harry Truman in desperate consultation with General Douglas MacArthur, whose control of the ground war in Korea has slipped disastrously away. MacArthur recognizes a stark reality: The U.S. military has been cut to the bone after victory over the Nazis while China and the USSR have built up their forces. The only way to stop the Communist surge into the Korean Peninsula and save thousands of American lives is through a nuclear attack. MacArthur advocates a strike on Chinese targets in Manchuria. In actual history, Truman rejected his general s advice; here, he does not. The miscalculation turns into a disaster when Truman fails to foresee Russia s reaction.
Almost instantly, Stalin strikes U.S. allies in Europe and Great Britain. As the shock waves settle, the two superpowers are caught in a horrifying face-off. Will they attack each other directly with nuclear weapons? What countries will be caught in between?
The fateful global drama plays out through the experiences of ordinary people from a British barmaid to a Ukrainian war veteran to a desperate American soldier alone behind enemy lines in Korea. For them, as well as Truman, Mao, and Stalin, the whole world has become a battleground. Strategic strikes lead to massive movements of ground troops. Cities are destroyed, economies ravaged. And on a planet under siege, the sounds and sights of nuclear bombs become a grim harbinger of a new reality: the struggle to survive man s greatest madness.
Praise for Bombs Away

A fascinating and compelling story of real people caught in forces beyond their control . . . Harry Turtledove is] the unrivaled monarch of alternate history. Analog

Turtledove is an undisputed centerpiece of the alternate-history genre, and now, to his already grand display, he s adding the ambitious tale of a WWIII that could have happened. Booklist

This is Turtledove at his best. SFRevu

Alternate-world warrior extraordinaire Turtledove delivers the opening barrage of a new speculative conflict. Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Harry Turtledove
Turtledove is the standard-bearer for alternate history. USA Today
Last Orders

All quite plausible . . . Turtledove s focus on the characters serves to fill out the big picture with patient, nitty-gritty detail. . . . Armchair warriors will have much to ponder. Kirkus Reviews

Two Fronts

A you-are-there chronicle of battle on land and sea and in the air. Tor.com

Coup d Etat

This is what alternative history is all about. Historical Novel Society

The Big Switch
The Hugo Award winner continues to delight in exploring the world of what if? Library Journal

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Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780553390728
  • ISBN-10: 0553390724
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books
  • Publish Date: June 2016
  • Page Count: 416

Series: Hot War #3

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