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Alaska Republik: N/A Mass Market Paperback – February 22, 2011
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About the Author
Stoney Compton has had novelettes and short stories published in Universe 1, Tomorrow, Speculative Fiction, Writers of the Future, Vol. IX and Jim Baen's Universe. His novel, Russian Amerika (Baen Books) was published in 2007 and the sequel, Alaska Republik, is due out March 1st, 2011.
He is a Visual Information Specialist at the 6th Combat Training Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nevada.
After 31 years in Alaska he now lives in the Las Vegas metro area with his wife, Colette, their ever changing number of cats, and Pullo, their energetic Australian Blue Heeler. He is an avid hiker and velocipede enthusiast.
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This new novel carries on the story of the Alaskan Revolution, and the story just gets better and better.
Compton creates some really well developed characters, and his alternate history hangs together without application of "suspension of disbelief." It could all have happened this way.
That's what makes a great alternate history.
What makes Alaska Republik a great novel is that from the very beginning, even if you have not read "Russian Amerika" you are sucked in and really care about the lives of the characters in the story.
Kudos for his second novel to Stoney Compton.
I think you should buy this book, if you like alternate history, if you like science fiction, and if you like Alaska.
I didn't want the story to end, but sure enough Stoney Compton has written more books that are set in this era and in the same general locations. I would recommend this book (and all his other ones that are available) to anyone who loves a rich, well-researched, well-written, very detailed, and enthralling story.
In Compton's view, North America is populated by the US (in the North East, Canadian maritimes and Midwest), the CSA (in the South), the Republic of Texas (TX,east NM and OK), Republic of California (CA, OR, west NV), First People's Nation (the Mountain states), French Canada (most of Quebec, Newfoundland, Labrador), British Canada (prairie and western provinces) and Russian Amerika (Yukon, NW BC and Alaska).
In the first book the central part of Alaska (under the Dena people) fights off the Russians and create the "Dena Republic". In this installment, the Dena are still battling with the Russians for their geographic independence and are being helped by the FPN and the ROC. It's more a question of clearing out the Russians and protecting their new nation. The main thrust of this story is the creation of a republic on the sub-continent that will include the Eskimos of the north and the Tlingit in the south and panhandle.
The battle scenes are well described but not overly so, though it's hard to get a handle of how many people are involved (probably under a thousand on either side). There is a romance that gets in the way of the story and can be both sappy and campy at the same time. The description of the growing pains that are the process in which a government is formed is decently done and includes all the internecine fighting that occurs. It's not Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky, but then what are you looking for? Read it at the beach and enjoy it for what it is.