- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Baen Books (August 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671876767
- ISBN-13: 978-0671876760
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1945 Hardcover – August 1, 1995
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The characters in the story are a little one sided but still very good. Twist and turning sub plots and action they engage in easily make up any shortfalls in the charatchers though for it and make the novel interesting and exciting. The only downside is that the sequel for the book has yet to be written and may never be. However, don't let it stop you from reading 1945 for its stand alone value.
What makes the book interesting is that for the most part is its use of real historical characters, political and military, of the time, a few are made up as needed, but for the most part, it helps make the novel seem highly real.
It's 1945, but it could have been our future...
Finally, I have a parting word of advice for those still unable to read a novel written by the Speaker. First, purchase the paperback; now rip off the cover and enjoy. This way you won't have to see the author's name and you can enjoy a great read.
The only weak point was the war with Japan. It was mentioned only in passing and it was portrayed as a walk over. Even with the full might of the armed forces Japan should have put up more of a fight than alluded to.
Having the Doughboys of WWI come in, lead by Sgt. York, really brought some humor into the story and if it did stretch plausibility a little far.
The market for such a book may have been too small and I am sorry that the following books never were published.
On the whole, I thought it was a competent, Clancyesque job. Although not up to the level of the true classics of the genre, it appeared to be reasonably well-done, with historical characters behaving as they might actually have in these altered circumstances. In my own opinion, a lot of the savaging this book got was due to antagonism against the author-of-record's political stances, instead of being based on an honest reaction to the book itself. It deserves a chance on its own merits.
Amazingly enough, I did enjoy this, up to a point. After the "gimme", it sets up an interesting premise (which I won't bother going into). Unfortunately, the dialogue and writing are atrocious, for the most part. I'm fairly sure real people did not and do not speak the way they do in this novel. Also, the writers are rather tech-happy, too much so for their own good.
Now, the saving grace in this book is the raid on Oak Ridge. Forschten/Gingrich wrote this very well, and I was deeply impressed. I also thought the political element (i.e. the locals taking to arms to defend against the raid) were nicely put, but not obtrusive.
It is unfortunate that the sequel, Fortress America, never found a publisher. Oh, well. Maybe in a few years, it will.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As expected Gingrich does a good write.My only problem is the story is only half told. At the bottom of the last page he says TO BE CONTINUED. Read morePublished 2 months ago by PATRICK PLEMONS
great historical narration of an incredibly complex world war.Published 3 months ago by Midwest Mom
The authors I feel let "political-correctness" influence their drafting of said work. Historically they deviated from historical facts, which of course members of the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Xteena
Actually read several years ago and thougherly enjoyed it and have no hesitation in recommending it . Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bill Starke
Very interesting. Knowing the history of WW11 and the characters involved I love the "suppose we didn't defeat Germany" setting. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Elizabeth L. Zirlott
I'm no fan of Gingrich the politician, but I do enjoy his alt-history books.I understand that he's a history prof by real profession, and his research shows, The books are in no... Read morePublished 16 months ago by G. Simms
very good book,great writing.highly recommended.early shippingand a great price.Published 22 months ago by michael reeson