It begins with a single errant bomb in November 1940. Adolf Hitler is mortally wounded by the blast, and with his last breath bequeaths the Reich to Heinrich Himmler. In a moment, the World War II we know is irrevocably changed. No Operation Barbarossa. No Pearl Harbor. Japan defeated by Stalin's Russia in the Far East. Heinrich Himmler's Germany victorious in the Second Battle of Britain.
Acts of War begins with London on fire, nerve gassed, and the Royal Family fleeing to Canada as Himmler himself comes to negotiate a peace treaty. In the Pacific, an emboldened Japan and uncertain United States prepare for the conflict both navies have anticipated for decades.
Collisions of the Damned shifts the action to the Dutch East Indies. The Allies, surprised at Japanese capabilities and at the end of a long supply line, attempt to hold the line against the superior IJN.
Against the Tide Imperial tells the story of the Allies desperate defense of Ceylon as Japan attempts to fully achieve resource autonomy.
Three novels and a singularly unique approach to an alternative World War II. Read an author that the Midwest Book Review called "a master of alternate history" and who has worked with alternative history greats S.M. Stirling, Taylor Anderson, and Sarah Hoyt. Pick up Acts of War today or, if you'd like to purchase both of the first two novels at a discount, the collection On Seas So Crimson. If you're a fan of history and like to ask "What if..?", this is the series for you.
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Somehow I doubt that this is quite how anyone expected Adolf Hitler's death to turn out...--Squadron Leader Adam Haynes, No. 303 (Polish) Squadron
August 1942. London is in flames. Heinrich Himmler's Germany stands triumphant in the West, its "Most Dangerous Enemy" forced to the peace table by a hailstorm of nerve gas and incendiaries. With Adolf Hitler avenged and portions of the Royal Navy seized as war prizes, Nazi Germany casts its baleful gaze across the Atlantic towards an increasingly isolationist United States.
With no causus belli, President Roosevelt must convince his fellow Americans that it is better to deal with a triumphant Germany now than to curse their children with the problem of a united, fascist Europe later. As Germany and Japan prepare to launch the next phase of the conflict, Fate forces normal men and women to make hard choices in hopes of securing a better future.
For Adam Haynes, Londonfall means he must continue an odyssey that began in the skies over Spain. For while fighting Fascism has already cost him dearly, he would sooner perish than see a world where freedom has been snuffed out by a jackboot heel.
Despite nominally being a noncombatant, American naval officer Eric Cobb finds that neutrality is a far cry from safety. Forced to choose between the letter of the law and its spirit, Cobb makes a choice that irrevocably changes history.
In the Pacific, Tamon Yamaguchi must prepare himself and his men to fight a Pacific War that is far different than what his nation and the IJN had planned. Forced to call off a meticulously planned surprise attack in December 1941, Japan instead turned north. Rather than finding resources in Siberia, the Imperial Army found defeat and a tremendous loss of face. Now, the Imperial Japanese Navy has once more turned its intentions towards Hawaii and the USN's Pacific Fleet. Although Yamaguchi knows that his force will likely be detected, he intends to strike a heavy blow for his Emperor regardless of cost.
Acts of War is the first novel of the Usurper's War series, which charts a very different World War II. As young men and women are forced to answer their nation's call, the choices they make and risks they take will write a different song for the Greatest Generation.
Acts of War [is an] enjoyable read that I can recommend to anyone looking for a good war alternate history--Matt Mitrovich, Amazing Stories, America's First Sci-Fi Magazine (2015)
My God, we are losing this war.—Lt. Nicholas Cobb, USN
March 1943. The Usurper’s War has resumed, with disastrous results for the Allies. The U.S. Pacific Fleet lies shattered after the Battle of Hawaii, its battleships decimated and its carriers savaged. The Imperial Japanese Navy, flush with victory and with their flanks appearing secure, turns their gimlet gaze to the south and the ultimate prize for their Emperor: The Dutch East Indies.
For Commander Jacob Morton and the other members of the Asiatic Fleet, the oncoming Japanese storm is not unexpected. Despite this, the IJN's victory means U.S.S. Houston and her Allied companions will have to fight against overwhelming odds, at night, against an enemy who claims the darkness as their own. Above the Houston and the Allies' other old, tired companions, Flight Lieutenant Russell Wolford leads his men in their attempt to use new technology to negate the Japanese advantages in training. Beset on all sides, the American, Commonwealth, Dutch, and Australian (ACDA) forces resolve to hold out until the Allies' industrial might can be brought to bear.
On the Japanese side, the Dutch East Indies Campaign quickly becomes an attritional maelstrom that they did not expect. Vice Admiral Yamaguchi, commander of the Kido Butai and victor of Hawaii, finds himself fighting to preserve the First Air Fleet’s carrier wings rather than fritter them away in a battle of attrition. For even as brave pilots such as Lieutenant Isoro Honda and his fellow Shiden pilots cut a bloody swathe through their Allied counterparts, Yamaguchi realizes each pilot that falls is an almost irreplaceable resource for Japan. Like any seasoned warrior, Yamaguchi knows a sword grows duller with even a victorious strike...and The Decisive Battle looms.
Collisions of the Damned is the continuation of the Usurper's War series. Picking up where Acts of War left off, this book contains even more relentless combat and breathless naval actions than its predecessor. As Japan confronts a divided United States and its desperate allies, ordinary men and women are forced to make decisions that will have far reaching consequences for both themselves and their nations.
Well, here’s to hope that my gamble is correct. For if I am wrong, I may truly regret this decision.—Vice Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi, commander of the Kido Butai
July 1943. When the United Kingdom was torn asunder under a hail of German firebombs and nerve gas, the distant outpost of Ceylon was an afterthought for both Allies and Axis. Now, one year after King George VI's death, the small island off of India becomes center stage for a titanic confrontation.
For Vice Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi, the Commonwealth forces on the island sit astride Japan's sole reliable source of oil. With the Dutch East Indies' refineries damaged during the Imperial Japanese conquest, Axis crude from the Persian Gulf and rubber from Ceylon's plantations will be critical to the Japanese Navy's ability to continue the war into 1944. Yamaguchi knows challenging Vice Admiral Andrew Cunningham may end poorly. Still, the Kido Butai is undefeated, and with good planning the Commonwealth's Far East Fleet will have to face Yamaguchi's carriers alone. With the Empire's lifeblood on the line, the Japanese must roll the dice.
Across the Indian Ocean, Lieutenant Eric Cobb is bewildered to be operating with the Commonwealth against Axis forces in Africa. Along with an Asiatic Fleet contingent that includes Captain Jacob Morton's Houston, Vice Admiral Fletcher's forces set out to rampage from Madagascar to Mogadishu. Unfortunately for the Allies' plan, the IJN's unexpected attack forces them to immediately respond.
When established foes clash in a wholly unexpected location, brave men and violent execution will determine whether the Commonwealth holds Ceylon…or succumbs to the Tide Imperial.
Against the Tide Imperial is the third novel of the Usurper's War series. As Allied and Axis warriors are faced with a completely different conflict than the one planned for decades, their actions will chart a new course for the Greatest Generation.
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