Last Orders

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Random House Publishing Group, 2014 - Fiction - 401 pages
18 Reviews
History is changed by one small act.

In an extraordinary saga of nations locked in war, master storyteller Harry Turtledove tells the story of World War II, which begins over Czechoslovakia rather than Poland, eleven months earlier than it really came. Now we have the final installment in Turtledove's landmark World War II series.

Hitler's Plan A was to win in a hurry, striking hard and deep into France. There was no Plan B. Now the war grinds on. Countries have been forced into strange alliances. The Nazis fortify thin lines with Hungarian and Romanian troops. England, finding its footing after the suspicious death of Winston Churchill and a coup d'état, fights back in Europe and on the seas of the North Atlantic. Jews fight on both sides of the war—in secret in German uniform, openly in Spain, France, and Russia. Into the standoff come new killing tools, from tanks to bazookas. In the Pacific, Japan prepares bombs filled with macabre biological concoctions to be dropped on Hawaii.

For the U.S., the only enemy is Japan, as there has been no casus belli for America in Europe. Then Hitler becomes desperate and declares war on the United States. But is it too late? His own people are rising up in revolt. The German military may have to put down the violence, even perhaps bomb its own cities.

In this epic drama, real men and women are shaped by the carnage, and their individual acts in turn shape history. Drawing on the gritty, personal reality of war and on a cast of unforgettable characters, Harry Turtledove has written an alternate history that intrigues, fascinates, and astounds.

Praise for Last Orders

“From our perspective seventy years later, we're accustomed to thinking of WWII's outcome as being inevitable. Not so, says [Harry] Turtledove. . . . Disdaining broad brush strokes, Turtledove's focus on the characters serves to fill out the big picture with patient, nitty-gritty detail. It's all quite plausible. . . . Armchair warriors will have much to ponder.”Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Harry Turtledove

“If you like alternate histories, you're going to like this series a lot.”The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Turtledove is the standard-bearer for alternate history.”USA Today

Coup d'Etat

“This is what alternative history is all about.”Historical Novel Society

The Big Switch

“The Hugo Award winner continues to delight in exploring the world of 'what if?'”Library Journal

West and East

“There's plenty to satisfy fans of military strategy, tactics, and armaments.”Publishers Weekly

Hitler's War

“Turtledove is always good, but this return to World War II . . . is genuinely brilliant. . . . The characterizations in particular bring the book to extraordinary life.”Booklist

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Review: Last Orders (The War That Came Early #6)

User Review  - Dkolacinski - Goodreads

The war that came early -- and ended far, far too late. Not Turtledove's greatest work. Read full review

Review: Last Orders (The War That Came Early #6)

User Review  - Jack Alexander - Goodreads

Trite and a bit boring. Read full review

About the author (2014)

Harry Turtledove is the award-winning author of the alternate-history works The Man with the Iron Heart, The Guns of the South, and How Few Remain (winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel); the War That Came Early novels: Hitler's War, West and East, The Big Switch, Coup d'Etat, and Two Fronts; the Worldwar saga: In the Balance, Tilting the Balance, Upsetting the Balance, and Striking the Balance; the Colonization books: Second Contact, Down to Earth, and Aftershocks; the Great War epics: American Front, Walk in Hell, and Breakthroughs; the American Empire novels: Blood & Iron, The Center Cannot Hold, and Victorious Opposition; and the Settling Accounts series: Return Engagement, Drive to the East, The Grapple, and In at the Death. Turtledove is married to fellow novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca.

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