How Few Remain (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 24, 2008 - Fiction - 608 pages
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From the master of alternate history comes an epic of the Second Civil War. It was an epoch of glory and success, of disaster and despair. Twenty years after the South won the Civil War, America writhed once more in the bloody throes of battle. Furious over the annexation of key Mexican territory, the United States declared total war against the Confederate States of America. And so, in 1883, the fragile peace was shattered.

But this was a new kind of war, fought on a lawless frontier where the blue and gray battled not only each other, but the Apache, the outlaw, and even the redcoat. Along with France, England entered the fray on the side of the South, with blockades and invasions from Canada.

Out of this tragic struggle emerged figures great and small. The disgraced Abraham Lincoln crisscrossed the nation championing socialist ideals. Confederate cavalry leader Jeb Stuart sought to prevent wholesale slaughter in the desert Southwest, while cocky young Theodore Roosevelt and stodgy George Custer bickered over modern weapons--even as they drove the British back into western Canada.

Thanks to the efforts of journalists like Samuel Clemens, the nation witnessed the clash of human dreams and passions. Confederate genius Stonewall Jackson again soared to the heights of military expertise, while the North's McClellan proved sadly undeserving of his once shining reputation as the "young Napoleon."  For in the Second War Between the States, the times, the stakes, and the battle lines had changed . . . and so would history.

Once again, Harry Turtledove has created a thoroughly engrossing alternate history novel, a profoundly original epic of blood and honor, courage and sacrifice, set amidst the raw beauty of young America's frontier wilderness.


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The pacing is fair enough and the prose is clear. - Goodreads
I felt very unsatisfied with the book's ending. - Goodreads
If you love history, this is a wonderful premise - Goodreads
In my view, the major flaw was the sex scenes. - Goodreads
I also could have done without the sex scenes. - Goodreads

Review: How Few Remain (Timeline-191 #1)

User Review  - Bob H - Goodreads

An alternate history, the start of a multi-volume Harry Turtledove series based on this first one. The premise: a Confederate army message on the road to Antietam that didn't go missing in this time ... Read full review

Review: How Few Remain (Timeline-191 #1)

User Review  - Derek - Goodreads

It is hard to put into words what I thought of this book. Before reading this, I had read later books in the particular timeline this falls within. I thought I would go back and start from the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
4
Section 3
9
Section 4
37
Section 5
39
Section 6
66
Section 7
96
Section 8
149
Section 18
304
Section 19
333
Section 20
362
Section 21
391
Section 22
420
Section 23
448
Section 24
478
Section 25
488

Section 9
156
Section 10
157
Section 11
163
Section 12
186
Section 13
216
Section 14
225
Section 15
245
Section 16
254
Section 17
274
Section 26
508
Section 27
536
Section 28
565
Section 29
595
Section 30
596
Section 31
597
Section 32
598
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About the author (2008)

Harry Turtledove was born in Los Angeles in 1949. After flunking out of Caltech, he earned a Ph.D. in Byzantine history from UCLA. He has taught ancient and medieval history at UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, and Cal State L.A., and he has published a translation of a ninth-century Byzantine chronicle, as well as several scholarly articles. He is also a Hugo Award-winning and critically acclaimed full-time writer of science fiction and fantasy. His alternate history works have included several short  stories and the novels A World of Difference, The Guns of the South (a speculative novel of the Civil War), and the Worldwar tetralogy that began in 1994 with Worldwar: In the Balance. He is currently working on his next project: an alternate history series about the Great War.

He is married to fellow novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca.


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