Germanica

Germanica

Book - 2015
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An alternate World War II saga focusing on a surviving corps of Nazis, led by Josef Goebbels, who barricade themselves deep in the Alps. With Winston Churchill struggling for reelection, America's Franklin D. Roosevelt replaced by Harry Truman, and Joseph Stalin intent on taking as much as he can in eastern Europe, the German plan is to hold out long enough to sue for peace instead of unconditional surrender.
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen Publishing Enterprises, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781476780566
Branch Call Number: CONROY
Characteristics: vi, 343 pages ; 25 cm

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Astraeus
Jan 26, 2016

The final alternate history novel by Robert Conroy does not disappoint in its depiction of events had the Nazis attempted to fall back to the mountains in Central Europe to try and outlast the patience of the United States and its exhausted allies. While the ending is somewhat anti-climatic (although still satisfying), this book will be enjoyed by every fan of this beloved author, whose contributions to the alternative history genre will never be forgotten.

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TheresaAJ
Oct 19, 2015

This alternative World War II novel takes place in 1945 after Hitler's death and just prior to the bombing of Japan. The last Nazi holdouts have moved their base to the Bavarian Alps and named it Germanica. The population is rife with high-ranking officers and almost non-existent with fighting men and equipment. Through a series of character sketches, Conroy tells the stories of fascinating people on both sides of the conflict. This novel gives you a very different view of war than the newsreels and movies that were made during that time period. My only quibble is that the epilogue didn't tell "the rest of the story" for more characters. Psst...the evil Nazi general got it in the end...

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tigershark855
Sep 30, 2015

*non-spoiler section* It was an okay read, but not that great. I appreciated that the battles were presented as gritty and brutal, and liked the notes of optimism and patriotic spirit as well. What I didn't want and didn't need (and skipped over) were the torture and rape/near-rape scenes. The writing was like the rest of the book, okay, but not great. Cool cover, though. *spoiler section* I started the book hoping for a big old confrontation battle at the end, and instead the Nazis just sputtered out and died with little more than a whimper. Close to history? Yes. Exciting? Not really. On the other hand, I liked the chapters from the POV of the German soldiers.
Final assessment: skip it, unless you really need something to read on that long flight.

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Nov 04, 2015

I don't like to plan on luck.

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SEBoiko
Nov 04, 2015

The world had gone to hell.

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