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SETTLING ACCOUNTS: DRIVE TO THE EAST
Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction
In his most recent World War II alternate history, Turtledove takes on the period immediately after the Confederacy's 1941 surprise bombing attack on the Union capital at Philadelphia. Mirroring the state of the world after Pearl Harbor, this novel has the Confederate Army sending its troops deep into Union territory as the Socialist U.S. retaliates by attacking Charleston.
railways and blacks in the North react
As usual, characterization suffers in lieu of attention to historical and military detail, but several main players stand out, including the Hitleresque CSA president Jake Featherstone, Canadian resistance fighter Mary Pomeroy and black Southern laborer Cincinnatus, who finds himself in the middle of a resistance movement aimed at destroying the Confederacy's concentration camp system. In such a dense volume, some repetitious description is unavoidable, but in this hair-raising, action-packed narrative, it's easy to overlook such minor faults. In addition, plenty of back story is provided for readers not up to speed with the previous six volumes in this saga. (Aug., 623 pp., $26.95)
Reviewed By: Jen Talley Exum
Publisher: Del Rey
Published: August 2005