But Japan has only begun to fight. . . .
In 1945, history has reached a turning point. A terrible new weapon has been unleashed. Japan has no choice but to surrender. But instead, the unthinkable occurs. With their nation burned and shattered, Japanese fanatics set in motion a horrifying endgame–their aim: to take A...more
My wife mocks my reading of Harry Turtledove because it's so far from literature. To her, the flat characters and forced plots pull her out of the story to often to enjoy the ideas or just the ride. Conroy shows me much more of what that must feel like for her.
In a lot of ways, I don't blame the othor for most of the problems in this book - I blame the editor. It's the editor's job to point out when the author swaps point-of-view in the middle of a conversation. It's the editor's job to pu ...more
Author Robert Conroy skillfully blends re ...more
While the premise was promising, '1945' was OK at best, and really fell short of my expectations. Conroy demonstrates a solid grasp on history and can relate a bigger picture, but in the smaller scope the book is much less compelling.
Most of the characters are two-dimensional products of that dated Hollywood school of "aw shucks, I'm no hero, I'm just doing my job". The interactions between characters are shallow, predictable and slathered with macho-sappy self-deprecating dialogue. However Conr ...more
Many of you may know that, by the summer of 1945, the war in Europe was over, and the war in the Pacific Theater was drawing closer to its inevitable conclusion. The military might of the Empir ...more
This is the question posed by Robert Conroy in his book 1945. This is the second of Mr. Conroy's books that I've read, and I have to say they are thoroughly enjoyable. His knowledge of the time and the players is so good that he pa ...more
More plot driven than character study, focus is on the action rather than analysis.
(ex: the AK47 being introduced to the Confederates in the Guns of the South) so the tale unfolds in based on what key historical figures might have done and how various fictional characters, if placed in certain situations, would have reacted.
I liked it more than any Harry Turtledove alternative History I've ...more
A "what if" scenario that Japan did not surrender in WWII. He has done an excellent job with imagining how the outcome would have been in a battle with Japan.
I thought the characters were very real and well written. The story was very strong, and intense action scenes as well. Conroys style of writing is simple yet he is detailed without getting long winded.
I was blown ...more
He dispenses with the at times distracting romantic subplots and instead chooses to focus on the primary narrative and theme.
My only gripe would be that the climactic battle at Round Top doesn't get the build up and anticipation created in much the same way that earlier pivotal scenes.
Apart from that, it's my favorite Conroy book so far!
In this book the Japanese refuse to surrender after we drop the bomb and we have to invade the Japanese mainland, with all the horrendous casualties that come with it.
After taking early retirement from automotive management, Conroy decided to combine his loves of history and writing. After discovering that Kaiser Wilhelm had plans to invade the U.S., he wrote his first alter ...more