Harry Turtledove's epic of an alternate America continues with his usual cast of thousands. Turtledove's alternate histories are always immaculately researched and detailed, and this one is no different. One of the high points is watching the threads of the various plotlines mesh, but at this point in the series the backstory has become so convoluted that it is nearly impossible to keep track of the multitude of characters and locations. While this entry won't win new readers, Turtledove fans will be pleased.

Following characters from his Great War saga into the 1930s, this novel deals with a Great Depression that affects both the United and the Confederate States of America. The Confederacy elects a Fascist president, and a predictable course of events follows; soldiers in the streets, former slaves relegated to concentration camps and the U.S.A and the C.S.A. on the brink of setting off a second world war.

(Jul., 512 pp., $27.95)

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Jen Talley Exum