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Coup d'Etat (The War That Came Early, Book Four) (War That Came Early (Del Rey Hardcover)) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, July 31, 2012
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“Turtledove’s masterful presentation of an alternate WWII reaches its fourth volume with its quality undiminished. . . . A tribute to [his] commanding skills.”—Booklist (starred review)
“For lovers of alternative history, and particularly the very popular Turtledove with his appealing weaponry, battle tactics, and setting details, this story will satisfy. It sets out to entertain . . . and that it does.”—Historical Novels Review
“The book’s grand scope and Turtledove’s impressive historical knowledge are admirable.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Harry Turtledove is the award-winning author of the alternate-history works The Man with the Iron Heart, The Guns of the South, and How Few Remain (winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel); the War That Came Early novels: West and East, Hitler’s War, and The Big Switch; the Worldwar saga: In the Balance, Tilting the Balance, Upsetting the Balance, and Striking the Balance; the Colonization books: Second Contact, Down to Earth, and Aftershocks; the Great War epics: American Front, Walk in Hell, and Breakthroughs; the American Empire novels: Blood & Iron, The Center Cannot Hold, and Victorious Opposition; and the Settling Accounts series: Return Engagement, Drive to the East, The Grapple, and In at the Death. Turtledove is married to fellow novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca.
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Top Customer Reviews
Stupefying is closer to a one word description. I have read just about all his works and this one is not up to the standards of the others
Harry Turtledove has a grasp of history that few others can equal. that knowledge is evident in this series but this particular book bogs down and I have to lay the blame at his style. By flipping between multiple story lines one finds it is difficult to follow them all and keep things straight. The story lines (to me) offer various levels of interest and the views they give you miss the overall story at a strategic level
I like understanding what small pockets of individuals are doing and the effect the grand strategy has on them, however the book does not give you the context (grand strategy) you need to tie it all together. The alternative history he has developed is very interesting and many of the characters are fascinating but the story line comes across as a jumbled set of events held together by a fictional World War II scenario.
I refuse to take notes reading fiction for pleasure and since we are early in the war here I can see him milking this for a long time (he apparently has another in the series set for 2013)
However, I do have a few knock-offs on this series.
First, I think it went a book too long. Well two books too long actually. I felt there was a lot off filler that didn't really enhance the story, and an abundance of redundancy in recounting stuff about the characters that were just covered a chapter or two previously and in the previous book(s). I mean how many times does he have to tell me that X character was a possessor of ancient history and now worked in a labor gang. He told me that in the first book and I got it then – but he kept telling me again and again through to the final book. He did this for other characters too.
The language in this was far raunchier than his previous books I've read of his. Not a prude, but something that unless it truly adds to a story I can do without.
One real nit, is a parachute jump action. He describes how when they were over the enemy territory, each trooper stepped into the door and when the light went to green from red for each trooper they jumped. Trust me the light went from red to green once and when it did all the troopers pushed out the door as quickly as they could. This helped insure they would be less scattered upon landing. Doing it the way he described they'd been spread for miles.
Maybe there is a 7th book coming???? If not it seemed to end rather abruptly and with quite a bit hanging. So, I am expecting another in the series.
Bottom line if you enjoy alternate history I recommend it. I did enjoy it and am truly hoping for a 7th volume. Still think it could have been done in fewer books though.
The war continues. Sides change. New battlegrounds are added. Now we add the desert and the Pacific. Germ warfare is employed in China.
Some reviewers have called this series bloated and repetitious. I think it reflects the reality of what a war that started earlier, one in which a few changes in the way things happened would have worked out.
This book is named Coup d'Etat because one does take place in the United Kingdom. However, it is really just glossed over. The reader does not get to experience it. One moment the British are allies with Germany, the next moment they are not. Why name the book for a coup that really is important to the story line and not let the reader experience it directly? That would have made the book. There hasn't been a coup in England since Cromwell. As it is it is just presented as a done deal, with military bureaucrats mincing around, hoping the citizens don't get too upset by the removal of civil authority.
Instead of an awesome book we have here a book that doesn't go anywhere remarkable. A sad reflection on a truly great writer...