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Axis of Andes: World War Two in South America Kindle Edition
Axis of Andes is a stunning alternate history, exploring the baroque and tragic journey of Latin America from independence to the depression, and chronicling a dark history that might have been. A tiny change ends up altering the outcome of an election. Rippling outwards, Fascist movements gain more momentum, local politics unravel in new directions. Dominos cascade as the war spreads steadily, involving country after country in a death struggle.
Deep examinations of the history, societies and economies of each combatant reveal the underlying tensions and stresses, the fault lines and tectonic divides that drive the internal politics and international agendas of each combatant. We see scenes of the war and the combatants from their own perspective as the world falls apart around them. Written as both a history and as a series of compelling narratives,
The Axis of Andes is the first part of a two part Alternate History series which ultimately rewrites the map of South America. Volume One begins the war with the Invasion of Ecuador, the March on Lima, expanding to trench warfare between Peru and Chile, sea battles between Chile and Peru, and a jungle war slowly spreading through the interior.
Followed in July 2021, by The New World's War, chronicles the resulting Bolivian Civil war, Brazil's rain forest war and the inevitable engagement of Argentina, Paraguay, Columbia in the conflict. Over everything, the spectre of the United States, distracted by European and Asian theatres, looms darkly.
- ASIN : B0968T8V7L
- Publisher : Fossil Cove Publishing (May 30, 2021)
- Publication date : May 30, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2077 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 331 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #156,967 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Frankly, this is the best alternate history (AH) book I have ever read, and I have read a lot, including those by the "famous" authors. It is not done in the usual AH cliched pattern, with "heroes" and "villains" and love interests. It is written the way you wish all the best history books should be, whether recounting Real History or AH.
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The subject matter gets bloody and grim, but never loses its pitch-black comedy sensibilities. (A standout moment is when Hitler hears the war has started, remembers there's a friendly country in it, and sends a telegram congratulating them to the WRONG country)
There's a bunch of typos that come from this being self-published but it's not like anything else in the Alternative History category.
This one does the 2 main things required from a satisfying uchronia : it grabs your attention and entertains you ; it also gives you (sometime at length) a plausible background.
In a well outlined 1940 South America, Peru, Ecuador and Chile stumble / drift into a war over mostly worthless border territories with a heavy dose of avenging offended national honour layered in. Practically, this means the theatrics of a bunch of military would-be strongmen and opportunistic politicians (more often than not the 2 groups overlap in their mediocrity).
There is some inspiration drawn from Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy with a sprinkle of financial / military help thrown in but the main impact of these crumbs is to irritate the Americans who view the whole thing as a distraction from the serious business in Europe and Asia.
This first volume ends with things still up in the air : the opposing camps do not have the means to deliver a knockout punch. The follow up should be worth reading.