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by Harry Turtledove

Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction

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Harry Turtledove tackles a victorious post-World War II German empire in IN THE PRESENCE OF MINE ENEMIES (4).In early-21st-century Berlin, German Jews remain in the Third Reich, masquerading as Aryans and fearing discovery. A new fuhrer brings change, however, leaving the secret-keepers with a choice they never imagined. As usual, Turtledove's research and settings are flawless. This work is more character-driven than his alternate Civil War novels, which strengthens the storytelling. He plants a few in-jokes, refracting true late-20th-century events through a funhouse mirror. Sometimes these work, and sometimes they clunk.A victorious Third Reich isn't new in alternate history, but this version is refreshingly and disturbingly original. (Nov., 454 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Jen Talley Exum

Publisher: Nal

Published: November 2003

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