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"...Blencowe succeeds in putting a unique spin on familiar events and creating plenty of new ones. He explores the darker connections among governments, corporations, and the military in an informed manner ("Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests," one character says) and connects subplots in wildly different locales with relative ease." --Kirkus Reviews
"Goddess of Fortune is a tour-de-force of alternate historical fiction. The scenes jump from one end of the world to the next, but the action is almost constant. The book is filled with a tension, many times sexual, that teases the reader and leaves them yearning for more." --San Francisco Book Review
"Taking historical figures, places, and using his magical pen, Blencowe has created an interesting alternate universe of World War II. Every page will intrigue readers further into his brilliantly well-written world of fiction." --Manhattan Book Review
About the Author
- ASIN : B00J08X51E
- Publisher : Hamilton Bay Publishing (March 11, 2014)
- Publication date : March 11, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 574 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 364 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,649 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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This is one of the major questions posed by author Andrew Blencowe in “The Goddess of Fortune,” a book which looks at an alternate history in which Japan and Germany had won WWII. Written in wonderfully skilled prose, this book manages to take a completely alternate timeline and relate it in such a way that it feels as if the story is actually unfolding before the reader’s eyes. The book takes place in the early 1940s, and follows a number of intriguing characters as they live in the history that Blencowe has created so well.
The cast of characters is by far the most intriguing aspect of this story. Covering numerous walks of life, we even get to spend some time with FDR and see his reaction to the imagined downfall of the Allies. Blencowe is successful in keeping all of the characters fairly realistic as they adjust to their surroundings, remembering all the while that they do not know a timeline in which the Allies are winning. And the fact that many of them are able to adjust so well to the happenings of the world is quite empowering. It’s nice to think that, even had we lost the war, mankind would still have held fast to its values.
This is a very interesting book, and it will not take a history buff to enjoy this excellently written story. This one is definitely worth checking out.
I felt like I was reading an Orson Scott Card’s Seventh Son series (with sex) with all the famous people, but in the 20th history.
It would have been a quick read had I just read it. But I found myself googling many of the events in the book and would get trapped in a Wikipedia session for longer than I care to admit.
By about the 2nd half of the book I decided to just read the darn book and live with the mystery of how Churchill, Roosevelt, the Panama Canal, Japanese presence in Mexico, etc. really transpired. It’s interesting to think about how if Japan and Germany did things even a little differently the 40’s would have been a much different decade. And of course, that means that our lives today would be radically different.
I’d recommend the book for anyone that wants to explore an alternative universe of the key players of World War II. I will be recommending this book to the conspiracy theorists in my life that aren’t offended with a little sex. So much happened in this time period of history that I thought it was fun to read about the personal encounters whether or not they were made up. Just don’t do what I did and stop reading to constantly look up historical events. The story is short enough to breeze through it and save your questions until the end.
Top reviews from other countries
Main PODs : Hitler is killed in an airplane crash in September 1941 just as the attack on Russia Barbarossa is losing its focus ; meanwhile the Japanese have successfully managed a major counterfeiting operation which gives them limitless funds for sabotage operations in the USA, Canada and Panama.
The story line flows well and the analysis is sharply focused although it sometimes veers into the dogmatic.
Churchill and Roosevelt are depicted as such utterly dim-witted buffoons that it is difficult to accept it. Even their most ferocious enemies were willing to grant them a good measure of political skills. These seem to have gone AWOL here.
On the other hand, abundant praise is granted to the Hitler-free Germans and the long-term planning Japanese. The firsts promptly display their usual efficiency in victoriously adjusting their strategy on the Eastern front while easily disposing of the Nazi party (a bit more easily than would be plausible). The seconds combine their sneak attack in the Pacific with an unbrokenly successful string of covert operations which leave the US war capacity seriously damaged. They seem to be free of Murphy's law.
Churchill is a bitter bully and a petty tyrant, especially when drunk (daily after 2 p.m.). One of his drunken rants drives away a key military adviser. When Roosevelt calls him after the Japanese attack asking for help, he hangs up on the president which is very difficult to accept since, even deep in his cups, Churchill would have hardly forgotten that America's help was indispensable to a victory over Germany. To top it off, when challenged in the House of Commons, he storms out instead of facing up to the attack. So the “half American whore” is replaced by a “sane, rational Englishman”. Expect a quick march to a “reasonable” arrangement with an Hitler-free Germany.
In the USA, Roosevelt faced with the failure of his New Deal policies to restart the economy on a truly sound basis is actively looking for a war with Japan as the solution. The long term aim is to crush them into a permanent subservient role and make the Pacific a totally American lake. FDR is deeply infuriated by the Japanese apparent unwillingness to respond to his serial provocations. When the attack finally comes, he simply pull out his already prepared “day of infamy” speech, fills in the date and stage delivers it to Congress.
Unfortunately, the combined (military / sabotage) Japanese attack is so successful (again Murphy's law is nowhere to be found) that the USA is left largely unable to respond. So FDR does a complete flip-flop and indicates a willingness to accept a joint US – Japan “partnership” over Asia & Pacific : “Japan administers, we sell.” Quite a departure from the original plan and quite a concession to the “little yellow monkeys” as they were largely seen in 1940s America. As an aside, since it is no longer “artificially” stoked by the government, the anti-Japanese furore (“Remember Pearl Harbour”) is deem to quickly fade away. Plausibility is again left by the roadside. And that is leaving aside the fact that the Japanese are deem to accept this offer without even a brief blinking pause.
Bottom line : a very enjoyable but not fully believable tale.