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The Grapple (Settling Accounts #3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  1,619 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
In this stunning retelling of World War II, Harry Turtledove has created a blockbuster saga that is thrilling, troubling, and utterly compelling.
It is 1943, the third summer of the new war between the Confederate States of America and the United States, a war that will turn on the deeds of ordinary soldiers, extraordinary heroes, and a colorful cast of spies, politicians
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Hardcover, 616 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Del Rey
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The other John
May 30, 2008 The other John rated it it was ok
Ah, the penultimate volume of the Timeline-191 series! I am such an addict! By this time, I have to admit that these alternate history books about the ongoing conflict of the United States and Confederate States have devolved into hackwork. You get the same ideas swirling around and around throughout the tale. Highly competent soldiers on the front lines can (and should) get away with mouthing off to their superiors. Confederate tobacco is much superior than the crap the USA produces. The superi ...more
Riley Feldmann
Feb 11, 2016 Riley Feldmann rated it it was ok
I’ll be honest: It has been awhile since I last took the time to open up a Harry Turtledove book, but it would be a lie for me to claim that I didn’t enjoy the universe he has meticulously set up over the length of three separate series of a world in which the CSA wins its independence in the War of Secession. We’ve gone through a Second Mexican War, World War One, the Interwar Period, and now find ourselves approaching the endgame of World War Two.

As with every Turtledove piece, the book is a b
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Joel Flank
Nov 16, 2013 Joel Flank rated it it was amazing
Settling Accounts: The Grapple, by Harry Turtledove is the 3rd book in his alternate history series about WWII after the South won the civil war and has been the Confederate States of America ever since. I'm running out of things to say about this series that I haven't already mentioned in the reviews of the first two books in the series, so I'll keep this one brief. In general, this book was another great read from Turtledove, and he continues to push forward his alternate version of WWII to it ...more
Dave
Oct 12, 2008 Dave rated it it was ok
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Michael
Mar 27, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes alternate history..
In Turtledove’s third sequel to the Settling Accounts tetralogy, called The Grapple, the war between the USA and the CSA is entering its third year into the war. The year is 1943. The genre of this book is alternative history and it takes place in the time of WWII. In Pennsylvania and Ohio, General Irving Morrell attempts to push the Confederates out of the two states and succeeds. He then pushes them back to Kentucky, Tennessee and then Georgia. Xerxes, (Scipio) Bathsheba, (His wife) and Antoin ...more
Tyler Harmon
Nov 18, 2013 Tyler Harmon rated it really liked it
In Harry Turtledove's Settling Accounts: The Grapple, the third book in the Settling Accounts series, Turtledove continues to show a darker more sinister history with the ultimate what if, "What if the south won the Civil War?" Fast forward eighty years. It's 1943, and World War 2 has been going on for three years, which started after the Confederate sneak attack. Now in The Grapple, it's the USA's turn to be on the offensive. As American forces drive into the heart of the CSA, the Confede ...more
Tyler
Nov 04, 2013 Tyler rated it it was amazing
In Harry Turtledove's Settling Accounts: The Grapple, the third book in the Settling Accounts series, Turtledove continues to show a darker, more sinister history with the ultimate what if, "What if the south won the Civil War?" Fast forward eighty years. It's 1943, and World War 2 has been going on for three years, which started after the Confederate sneak attack. Now in The Grapple, it's the USA's turn to be on the offensive. As American forces drive into the heart of the CSA, the Confederacy' ...more
Edward C.
Jul 18, 2015 Edward C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half of the book, I was convinced that Turtledove was mailing it in, just trying to reach the destination he marked in 1997 with How Few Remain. This book is, after all, the tenth in an eleven book series. The second half of the book, however, redeemed the first, and it convinced me that there does actually need to be a fourth book to this sub-series.

Two notes: The famous (real world) "Nuts!" response makes an appearance. Should we read into it? And I was disappointed that Turtledove
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Holden Attradies
I ended up blowing through this book faster than any other one I've read in the series. Normally the pace for these books isn't very fast but when the balance of the war tips from the south the the north every started moving at a really fast pace (for this series) and I had a hard time putting it down.

This volume saw a few characters pass on that had been with the series for a long time. Both of the big deaths caught me a little off guard, as they were characters that had both made it through so
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Robert
Feb 24, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it
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William
Sep 14, 2011 William rated it it was ok
Good thing I want to know what happens next, because I'm getting really tired of the repetitive dialog. There was some character development in this one, for Hipolito Rodriguez, but the others?

I'm /this/ close to finishing the series, and just might, but highly doubt I'll bother buying them all to complete my collection.
Rick
Sep 03, 2009 Rick rated it really liked it
Harry Turtledove continues his masterpiece series where the South won the Civil War. This part takes place in an alternate WWII, where the U.S. is allied with the Kaiser's Germany against the fascists in the Confederacy, England and France, and the Tsar's Russia. What makes this series so good is just how damn plausible it is. A chilling look at what could have been.
Brentman99
Dec 03, 2013 Brentman99 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who read the Great War series.
This was a good edition to a great series. I love how the war progresses and the well developed plots and characters move to great climaxes. The parallel between Nazi death camps and American gulags is easy to draw and chilling. I enjoyed this series.
Billy Roper
Apr 28, 2016 Billy Roper rated it it was ok
Like all of Turtledove's alternate history books, if it has a southern or a German accent, it's a villain and must be destroyed. In fact, this series proves that he views the two cultures as interchangeable.
Tony Ivey
Jul 21, 2008 Tony Ivey rated it really liked it
Another excellent installment in this series. Turtledove has a way of inserting tidbits of historical trivia into the mainstream of his plots. It's almost as fun to hunt for those "easter eggs", as it is to read the story.
Tim
Jan 30, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it
I am enjoying this entire series starting with the Great War. It is actually very disturbing in some respects, when you think this could have been if things had turned out different. The level of research that went into these books must have been huge.
Erik
Aug 01, 2012 Erik rated it liked it
Not bad, not the best. Lots of good tank action. I really like michael pound as a main character.

Karen
Apr 28, 2013 Karen rated it it was ok
Didn't finish.
Ron
Nov 17, 2008 Ron rated it really liked it
I absolutely love this series. I just can not get enough of it.
Jesse Morgan
Sep 26, 2014 Jesse Morgan rated it it was amazing
Getting close to the end of the Confederacy. Only nerds could make it this far.
Mark Kinney
Mar 31, 2008 Mark Kinney rated it really liked it
But for a few nitpicks (some repeated things like the effects of a flamethrower on the human body) it's a good dependable series. If you liked the others, you'll like this one.
Kb
May 10, 2011 Kb rated it it was amazing
Lots of developments and, unfortunately, some saying good-bye to characters that have been around since the beginning. Major turning points make for a real page-turner in this installment
James
Heading toward resolution - I can't wait to see what happens next and how events find their way to the conclusion, but I don't want the series to end.
Gwen
Jun 29, 2012 Gwen rated it liked it
How many can there be in this series? will it ever end? :)
Jason
Jul 30, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It left me hanging, guess I have to head over to the library to get book 4.
Michael Thompson
Jun 11, 2015 Michael Thompson rated it really liked it
See my earlier reviews of the 1st two books in this series. I devoured these books with gusto.
Kallierose
Apr 19, 2009 Kallierose rated it really liked it
These books are addictive. I love reading about this universe that has so much in common with ours, and yet is so completely different in other ways.
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Dr Harry Norman Turtledove is an American novelist, who has produced a sizeable number of works in several genres including alternate history, historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction.

Harry Turtledove attended UCLA, where he received a Ph.D. in Byzantine history in 1977.

Turtledove has been dubbed "The Master of Alternate History". Within this genre he is known both for creating original sce
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