by Harry Turtledove
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Del Rey Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345491824
Date: 04 August 2009 List Price $27.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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The British and French declare war on Germany and Germany is forced to fight its way into Czechoslovakia. This takes time and damages a major industrial area. On top of the additional fighting, the equipment that is being used is not as effective as it would have been in another year. Lighter armed and armored panzers are used. Tactically still superior, the delays allow for a better defense.
(Major Spoilers in this sub-paragraph -- skip to the next if you don't want to know details)
This is the start of a new series. The conclusion of the novel leaves things hanging upon noting a major shift in the course of the war. There are no guarantees of victory for anyone. Continental Europe is likely to be more ravaged than in our timeline because of the longer fight for France.
I enjoyed this novel. The greater divergence from historic battles provides greater satisfaction. The changes do need to follow logical conclusions and paths. The development of an atom bomb in 1939 wouldn’t make sense, but the bombing of Paris would. This war has some interesting things coming and I eagerly await the next volume.