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The Hot War

Book - 2016
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The second entry in the alternate-world 1950s series finds General MacArthur igniting a nuclear war that nearly destroys the planet, placing once-untouched survivors in the middle of an escalating showdown between Russia and the U.S.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2016.
ISBN: 9780553390735
0553390732
Branch Call Number: SF TURTLEDOVE, HARRY
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 25 cm.

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SEBoiko
Dec 21, 2016

From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.

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SEBoiko
Dec 21, 2016

..., who but a fool ever puts any more of his cards on the table than he has to?

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SEBoiko
Dec 21, 2016

Freedom is hard to find,...

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SEBoiko
Dec 21, 2016

You do what they make you do, that's all.

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Dec 21, 2016

You got what you got, though, not what you wanted.

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Dec 21, 2016

Pain made the best teacher of all.

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Dec 21, 2016

A wounded man makes more trouble than a dead one.

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isaachar
Jun 20, 2017

The second book in Turtledoves atomic Cold War-turns-hot World War III trilogy. This book kicks up the action and destruction, while the political intrigue starts taking the backseat. The plot begins after the initial exchanges of atomic weapons by the US and the USSR, which has also initiated an all out ground war between the Eastern Bloc and the Western nations in Germany. Turtledove doesn't go too deep into the intricacies of the conflict, instead moving the story forward through combatants and civilians on both sides. The conflict exacerbates with each side targeting the other directly rather than their allied nations, with no serious end in site. Both sides leadership realize that their political situations require them to continue the war or face political upheaval from their governments. At the same time, they see no foreseeable end, as neither side could functionally invade and hold the other. The conflict will, or already has, broken both nations to a point of questionable recovery. While this is happening, armies from their satellite nations, being on the front lines of the ground war and having suffered the initial onslaught of atomic destruction, begin to consider shaking away from their respective superpowers.

The only downside to this sequel was that the civilian chapters drug on a bit. The last book made a point to show how the civilian chapters tied into the rest of the story, but it's difficult to see where Turtledove is going with them at this point. Either way, it's a worthy sequel and an interesting read.

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Astraeus
Jul 26, 2016

Harry Turtledove continues this epic trilogy of how history could have unfolded if the Cold War had turned hot. This novel is a believable and terrifying depiction of the devastation caused by World War III and its effects on ordinary people on both sides of the conflict. Thrilling and dark, this book will leave the reader anxiously awaiting this trilogy's conclusion.

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