Free Book ♤ Germanica ⚇

Great imagination This book has the author s usual grammatical mistakes, but overall I enjoyed it I have now read all of Conroy s books and must find another author that I enjoy. Germanica is an alternate history take on the end of World War II that postulates that Hitler authorized an Alpine redoubt for Germany s final stand Convoy follows his usual practice of telling the tale through just a few characters with some additional historical filler There is a decent amount of action, but plenty of main character development to keep the reader s interest A nice AH is what Germanica turned out to be. Free Book ⚇ Germanica ⚖ Best Selling Alternate History Master Robert Conroy Returns To World War II, This Time For A Dangerous Last Stand Of The Nazis In The Heart Of The AlpsRMANICA, BER ALLES Deep In The Heart Of Europe S Alps In The Redoubt Called Germanica, Nazi Propaganda Master Josef Goebbels And A Battalion Of Nazi Zealots Hold Out Against A Frantic Final Allied Push To End World War II With Churchill Losing His Election, De Gaulle Consolidating His Rule Over A Newly Liberated France, And Stalin Asserting His Own Nefarious Land Grab In Eastern Germany, Only America, Led By Its Untried New President Harry Truman, Remains To Face The Toughest Of Nazi Warriors As They Hunker Down For A Bitter Fight To The Last ManGoebbels Knows That If He Can Hold Out Just A Bit Longer, The War Weary Of The Western Nations Will Back Away From Unconditional Surrender For Germany, And He And His Zealots Can Remain In Power Never To Answer For Their War Crimes, And Able Prepare For The Moment When Their Hateful Nazi Ideology Is Ready Once Again To Rise From Its Alpine Grave And Strike At The Heart Of Humanity But There Are Americans And A Few Stalwart Europeans Just As Determined To Put A Final Stake In The Nazi Heart It Is Now Up To Heroes In The Making Such As Newly Minted OSS Operative Ernie Janek, Commando Captain Scott Tanner, And Formerly Enslaved Czech Jew Lena Bobek, To Bring Down The Dark Nazi Menace Growing Like A Cancer In The Mountainous Heart Of The Continent I picked this ARC up on the basis of a weakfish recommendation from a colleague, and now I understand why the recommendation was weakish It is technically well crafted, and the fictional characters central to the story are interesting and well developed There were a few clich d moments, including one character who is blatantly introduced in order to die dramatically a few pages later, but the death is so off hand that it barely registers Still, the character interactions are generally good.It s the alternate history aspect of the story that is weak.The basic premise is that the Nazis use various means to drag out the end of the war in Europe, based on things that they were actually working on at one point or another As a reader, my problem was that at several points in the book, the Nazi hierarchy went into hand rubbing glee over some new twist in their plans to which I, as a reader, had an immediate reaction of but that won t work In each of those cases, it didn t For a good what if scenario, there has to be some convincing reason why the changes might work, and that the results might matter Here, they didn t.Worse, the greatest suspenseful moments of the story HAD NO PAYOFF The V 1 launch, the mysterious disappearance of Dr Heisenberg and other such things had disappointing resolutions, if any.Worse, the V 1 sequence seemed very contrived, since a V 1 just launching should have been VERY interceptable by the American fighters as described Many of the V 1s were shot down by much slower planes.So, excellent characterization, and a few good action segments, and some fun stuff involving Allen Dulles and the O.S.S. An entertaining what if I have enjoyed many of Robert Conroy s books In a sense he is like a younger Harry Turtledove or WEB Griffin, but concise Germanica assumes that the German High Command established a redoubt in the Alps, from which to continue the war after the fall of Berlin The Allies feared exactly this although the Germans historically dismissed the idea as impractical The book has some interesting characters, including a Jewish woman enslaved by a middle class German family dustinguished only by their ordinariness an appropriately nasty SS officer and a variety of Americans led by a fughter pilot who becomes an OSS agent after being shot down over Switzerland.I wondered if the author had played a strategic WW2 game which outlined the action The politics involved in dealing with the neutral Swiss are interesting and ring true Discussions in the White House seem less convincing Anti war sentiments in the US were quite strong for much of the war, but news about them was censored, for obvious reasons.A couple of maps would have been helpful I know publishers hate them and they are tiresome to draw but, given geography is central to the plot, it would have helped.This book will appeal to many fans of alternate historical fiction. I always liked Conroy s stuff Read just about everything he wrote This one is my favorite All his works are entertaining, plausible and realistic, and quick reads. Sad to think that this could have happened Mr Conroy has a special gift in dreaming this stuff up I felt the story flowed nicely and was believable. A highly unlikely scenario, but the takeoff point from WW2 history is engaging and entertaining, as always with Conroy s alternate histories Enjoyed it very much. It was okay, about what you expect from Conroy Not his best but not bad Sad he s gone now and only one book to go Originally posted here passing of Robert Conroy at the end of 2014 was a blow to the alternate history community as he was one of the most prolific authors in the genre next to Harry Turtledove Although some have criticized the late author for his implausible alternate histories, many people have credited him with introducing them to alternate history Having never read any of his novels, I really couldn t comment on him as an author, but I made it a point to pick up one of his books as soon as I could since he was obviously important to many alternate historians So when Germanica came out and it was suggested as a possible candidate for a 2015 Sidewise nomination, I decided to check it out.The story begins with the Battle of the Bulge Once it became clear that Germany would be unable to force the Allies to the negotiating table, Hitler orders the construction of the Alpine Redoubt as a last ditch attempt to save the Third Reich Albert Speer works his magic and creates tunnels in the Germans Alps to house the elite of Hitler s government and the last of the Germany army to defend them The plan is simple, hold out long enough until the Allies become tired of war and negotiate peace, allowing for the Nazis to retake control of Germany again in the future Joseph Goebbels, as the highest ranking Nazi officer at the redoubt, finds himself the new Fuhrer after kills himself and declares a Republic of Germanica that announces its independence from Germany Meanwhile, American politicians and generals fear that they may not be able to take the redoubt as they only have inexperienced troops nearby to attack who are interested in going home than risking their lives Meanwhile, their is a growing anti war movement in America, while Switzerland is warning the Allies not to bomb near their borders From the eyes of Americans, Germans and others, we get a glimpse at the alternate lead up to VE Day.In terms of alternate history, Germanica is rather weak From what my preliminary research can tell, things like the Alpine Redoubt and Werwolf which is also carried out in this alternate history were propaganda then real military plans The purpose of the Alpine Redoubt it seems was just to divert Allied forces from other fronts and it was successful in doing that and never really had the support of the Nazi high command who considered talk of such a program as defeatism Werwolf did get off the ground sort of The werewolves were originally planned to be highly trained commandos who would cause chaos behind enemy lines, but as soldiers and equipment were needed elsewhere, they became nothing then Hitler Youth members instructed to kill themselves and take as many enemies as they could with them.How numerous the werewolves were is debatable Some historians liken them to the Iraq insurgency while others argue most of the attacks credited to them were probably just diehard Nazis working alone and not part of any post war organized resistance So its unlikely the Nazis ever took either of these ideas seriously and even if they did, I find it implausible that they could have made realistic attempts to carry them out as late as January 1945 Further, Germanica focuses mostly on the short term changes of such a desperate attempt to stave out utter defeat, without looking into the mid to long term consequences of how history could change except for the implication that a few Nazis were either captured or made it to Argentina.What really bothered me about Germanica, however, was how badly it was written For example, take a look at this quote Ernie Janek had gone for an evening s walk He was take a break from the intense physical training at the embassy and decide that a beer was in order Previously he d gone to a tavern a few blocks away, and decided that a visit to a new one was in order.I can think of a few English teachers who would knock a few points off for using such a repetitive phrase and their were many instances of that and other grammar spelling errors throughout the book that I won t bore you all by showing I will say though that this wasn t a review copy I purchased this book, which is being sold right now as is, so Germanica can t hide behind the its a review copy typo defense.There are other of odd bits of writing to talk about, such as Each young man had a strange patch on his shoulder It was a stylized animal face with flaming red eyes I sincerely hope I m wrong, but it sure looks like a nightmare version of a werewolf That is kind of a stretch isn t it The only thing the reader was told was that it was an animal face with flaming red eyes Why would the character jump to the conclusion that it is a werewolf instead of just a wolf If it was a wolf like creature on hind legs, then yeah, I would see a werewolf too, but if the only thing I see is the face I m going to go with it being a wolf Also why nightmare version of a werewolf Is there a happy go lucky version of a werewolf I am not aware of There were also plenty of the dreaded As You Know, Bob moments Take this scene, for example, where Goebbels promotes a loyal SS officer It has occurred to me that you do not have enough rank to do your job properly Therefore, I am promoting you to the temporary rank of SS Brigadefuhrer I understand it is equivalent to being a brigadier general in the American army Why did he say that Goebbels and the officer should know that, so there was no reason to say it Even if the SS officer did not know that, who cares It was completely unnecessary The reader may not know it, but that s no excuse for such clunky dialogue In fact a lot of the dialogue in Germanica was weirdly stilted I have other reasons for going with you and they are important and personal and not what I would expect from an award winning author.Then there was the odd sex scenes scattered throughout the book,including many brutal acts against women or descriptions of them It was actually kind of uncomfortable and not handled well The worst scene, however, was just a discussion of rape between a son and his parents who were hiding out at the Redoubt Here are a few choice lines And don t forget, I did rape and enslave that Jewess, Lena If she s still alive, she could testify against me By the way, Father, how was she Gustav laughed harshly Inert and as passionate as a large piece of meat You didn t miss much Yes, and by the way, what does your sister think about this Anton laughed My precious little sister is too busy screwing her brains out with that Hans Gruber boy who think he s a Werewolf.Who the hell talks like that to their parents or their kid I know there Nazis and the bad guys, but this doesn t seem realistic at all These are comic book villains, not real people It was just ridiculously silly I couldn t even take it seriously.Because I know Conroy has a lot of fans I just want to state I am not trying to attack the author personally Germanica did have its moments The aforementioned Lena character was likable and had a good story arc, while I thought Conroy did a good job capturing the personality of Harry Truman Additionally, while I did feel the story had a lot of similarities with Harry Turtledove s The Man with the Iron Heart, it lacked the Iraq War political metaphor, so it gets points for that More importantly, this reads like an rough draft of a story that hasn t been looked at by an editor To be fair, maybe that s exactly what this book is It came out after Conroy s death and the editors at Baen could have been unable or unwilling to make changes to the copy they had If that s the case, shame on them for publishing something with Conroy s name on it that wasn t ready to be published If not, then I really don t see the appeal of Conroy.Perhaps my first forway into the works of Robert Conroy should have been a book other than Germanica Many people have recommended some of his earlier works to me, but it may be a while before I take a look at them So my final thought on Germanica is that its a bad book, but I was entertained by it in a so bad, its good kind of way Although there were plenty of times I wanted to stop reading, I felt compelled to finish just to see what crazy thing Conroy would write about next So if you want to read a really absurd alternate history, check out Conroy s Germanica, but I can think of several other books I would rather you read first instead.