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After the Downfall by [Turtledove, Harry]
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Alternate historian Turtledove (The Man with the Iron Heart) opens this fantasy with Hasso Pemsel, a tough Wehrmacht captain, cornered in a Berlin museum as the Russians close in. Pemsel falls into another world, where he promptly rescues beautiful blonde half-goddess Velona from three swarthy men. Velona seduces him and explains that the blond Lenelli invaders rule over the dark native Grenye, keeping them subjugated with magic. Experienced from fighting on the Russian front, Hasso brings modern military ideas to the Lenelli before they invade the Grenye stronghold of Bucovin, but when the Grenye capture him, conversations with intelligent, lovely high priestess Drepteaza start to erode his assumptions about both races. Pemsel's slow enlightenment breaks no new ground, but his story will appeal to fans of Turtledove's straightforward style and military know-how. (Dec.)
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An ancient relic flings Germany army captain Hasso Pemsel from the ruins of doomed Berlin to a fantastic though also war-torn other world. There he falls among the tall, blond Lenelli and in love with their goddess incarnate, Velona. At first he willingly helps the Lenelli in their war against the short, dark, barbarian Grenye, but soon he sees that his friends are making the same mistakes that the Third Reich did in its death-duel with the Russians. He knows where that course leads. After the Grenye capture him, it becomes even clearer to him that any war of extermination is a bad idea, but this one is especially so because Velona uses her magic to try to terminate him for sleeping with Grenye women. When he genuinely falls for one of the latter, the die is cast. He develops gunpowder, equips the Grenye with dragon-bone amulets to resist enemy magic, and discovers wizardly powers of his own. Modest by Turtledove’s standards but intelligently carried out. --Roland Green

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  • File Size: 1125 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books; Reprint edition (June 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2008
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070YYL2C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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