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Festung Europa: The Anglo-American/Nazi War Kindle Edition
Starting with an overview of the world leading up to the resumption of all-out war between the Allies and Nazi state, we see the all-too possible results of the Nazi Party in control of Europe for an additional decade and longer. This is followed by a detailed examination of the tactics and politics that might well have resulted in a WWII far more destructive than what was experienced in our time.
Written in the style of an actual history of the War done years after its conclusion, Festung Europa approaches one of the great "What Ifs" of alternate history in a unique manner.
- ASIN : B015URFGEC
- Publisher : Sea Lion Press; 1st edition (September 25, 2015)
- Publication date : September 25, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1653 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 325 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1976423236
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #232,084 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Overall, if you like military history books AND like alternative history fiction then do yourself a favor and check this one out. Highly recommended.
For those complaining about the editing, I believe that Sea Lion Press is essentially a conglomeration of authors/ intense hobbyists, so editing is unlikely to be as good as it could be. Perhaps, the author is busy dealing with stupid people on a forum. Anyway, the content warrants five stars.
So why therefore only 4 stars? As always with these self published books it's down to the editing. For an author who has so obviously invested a lot of research into this story, to not hire a decent editor was a crime. While there were not alot of spelling issues but it also had a big selection of words which sound the same but are spelt quite differently and have different meanings! For some this may be a small niggle but for me it threw off the entire flow of the story and took away quite significantly from my enjoyment of what otherwise is a fantastic alternate history red!
Top reviews from other countries
The problem of this book is that it is a novel, written in the style of a history book.
The choice of style prevents the author from introducing any human element, making the author to loose interest in the long run. The only remaining element of the book is the "what if" scenario introduced at the beginning. The initial discussion of the alternative reality is interesting, but as the story develops, things become very predictable very easily, which makes the book boring. I started skipping pages from being about half through the book. I never felt, I missed anything.
That's why I cannot recommend the book.
I feel inclined to discuss a few aspects of the storyline, which is done after the spoiler warning.
I find the fundamental idea behind the book great, however, I think the author exaggerated some of the assumptions he made.
The first assumption is that Germany essentially stagnates technically and intellectually since 1945, whilst the Western Allies essentially go through the same development as if there had been a cold war with Russia. Whilst I can clearly agree with the idea that Western democracies are more flexible and open to innovation, I doubt that the difference would be as extreme as the author indicates. This leads to situations in which the Allies field kit essentially a decade ahead of the Germans, whilst the Germans only manage to field improved versions (Panther Mk III) of the WWII kit. The Germans are also described as tactically inflexible due to the fanatism of the NS organisations and particularly the SS, something which cannot be said about the Germans during World War II.
The removal of the atomic bomb from the German arsenal is a necessity for the story. How the author did it - disinformation particularly by the Russians - is not very likely. Of course, the Americans, in the mean time, develop the atomic bomb along the same lines as the cold war including tactical nuclear weapons. Not even Israel managed to keep the nuclear arsenal a secret - is it likely that the Western Allies would have managed that?
In my opinion, the book is lost as soon as the war turns from "warm" to "hot". The story becomes predictable, and it reads a bit like the author wants to unleash the full late 1950 inventory of weapons on the Germans. It is very clear that the Germans will eventually loose, for the same reasons as they lost the "real WWII", but with more brutality and more innocent and unnecessary victims.
This is the reason why a good idea eventually led to a bad book.
I can't go into much more depth without spoiling, but i will add that one of the best (and simultaneously most frustrating) things about this book was how it hinted at a very different world to ours in (the alternative timeline's) modern day. The results of the war in this book are very different and far more extreme, and the tantalizing (almost teasing) glimpses at what this would mean post-war left me very desperate for at least one sequel looking at what happened next.
I do have some technical issues about equipment performance but that is just a personal judgment and may not be valid. What I do find difficult to get my head around is that WW2 lasts close on 20 years. How the economies of both the Allies and the Axis could manage to stay on a war footing for so long. That being said this is a good attempt by Jon Kacer to put together a very complex piece of alternate history.
I regret that this book has quite a few typo's, spelling mistakes and wrong words especially in the last quarter of the book. Please authors get your books properly proof read.
Incredibly detailed, covers the military and social side of the conflict.