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The Children's War: A Novel

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  196 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Peter has had more identities than he can remember and suffered pains and humiliations he longs to forget. But, whether spy or prisoner, slave or propaganda tool, none of his roles has brought the one thing he wants above all: freedom.


Bad papers. That's how Peter's nightmare began. Living in contemporary Europe under Nazi domination -- more than fifty yea
Paperback, 1168 pages
Published August 20th 2002 by Washington Square Press (first published 2001)
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Mar 21, 2012 Randall rated it really liked it
Heavy book. Heavy in weight, heavy in subject, and just plain really hard to make sense of. Where was the editor? And why give it 4 stars if the plot lines are flailing around like the ends of a broken rope? Len Deighton also tackled the alt history of "what if the Nazi's had won?" in "SS-GB" and did it with so much better characterization, plot structure, and sense of place. Why did I like this book and the sequel "A change of regime" so much? Because of the main character, a young man run afou ...more
Beth Peninger
Apr 26, 2015 Beth Peninger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Theoretical Physicist Stroyar spent 10 years researching for this book. It shows and in all the best ways possible. What an incredible story. Written as an alternate history, Stroyar takes the reader into a world where Nazi Germany didn't lose but instead won. What would the world look like with Nazi Germany as its ruling regime?
The world ruled by the Nazi Regime is experienced through the voice of Peter. It's not his original name, not even the second name he's had, it's just one of many as he
John Kim
Oct 06, 2008 John Kim rated it it was amazing
This is a huge book, but well worth reading if you have the stamina for it.

Takes a classic sci-fi staple, alternate history, and takes it to the very bitter end.

What if the Nazis won World War II is a very common alternate history idea used in many sci fi stories, but this one extrapolates this idea with so much detail and heartbreaking realism, that you end up thanking our lucky stars that we DID win WWII.

The book already takes place in a time where the Nazis have won WWII and pretty much conqu
Aug 13, 2016 Robert rated it liked it
I almost stopped reading a couple of times because of the excessive sex scenes and general brutality of the book.

That said, this is good alternate history right here. It's a vivid, dark, awful world when the Nazis rule.

The protagonist's horribly strained relationship with one of the female characters reads like an ongoing train wreck. It's unpleasant but added a lot to the "realness" of the lives these characters live. I actually thought the protagonist seemed pretty solid but a lot of the other
Matt Bloom
Jul 25, 2016 Matt Bloom rated it it was amazing
I found this book in a used book store and felt the ratings on here were good enough to give it 50 pages. I was hooked within the first 10. I don't usually read alternative history, but this turned out to be quite the story. The protagonist is very relatable and the horrors he suffers are easily personified in an abstract universe. Looking forward to reading part two; although, I cannot imagine the storyline being as compelling.
Mar 31, 2010 Charlotte rated it did not like it
Shelves: worst
Wow - this book is rotten. Seems as though it was written by 5 different lame authors. Very poorly edited, the plot moves one way and then shifts without explanation. Weakly constructed events that vaguely support later action seem to have been inserted here and there almost arbitrarily.
There isn't one character in the book you'll care about - all seem childish and wildly selfish - they spend a great deal of time thinking about the world's lack of gratitude for their continued sacrifices - tedio
Mar 30, 2008 Marie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book was interesting because it combined a very fast moving/eventful plot with a well developed character analysis of the main protaganist..Peter. The author combines events from the history of the Nazi Regime and the powers fighting World War 2, as well as the formation of revolutionary moments, and used them to speculate on what life would be like if Germany won World War 2 through the eyes of Peter, an educated English man, a resister, a servant, and eventually a revolutionary fighter/hu ...more
Aug 11, 2007 Roxanne rated it liked it
Have you ever wondered what would happen if the Nazi's won WWII? This long-winded story takes you into the history of the Nazi regime and weaves a somewhat outlandish plot around the Nazi party and an underground group attempting to undermine their attempts at "ethnically cleansing" their society and taking over Europe. I may knock the book a bit, but weighing in at over 1,000 pages you know it had to at least be well written and enjoyable for me to continue reading it. By the second section of ...more
May 10, 2007 Kevin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People into history
Shelves: finnished
This is a very well written book where the basic plot line is "What if Hitler had won WWII..." There are three main characters in the book, the most prominent of which is Peter Halifax whose life is the focus of the book. The book follows his life from a 'normal' citizen of the Third Reich to him becoming a forced laborer. The other two main characters are Polish freedom fighters.

While the book is very long it is full of content and there is always something new happening that keeps the pages tu
Aug 09, 2007 Meredith rated it liked it
The book weaves a story about what Europe and the Western world would look like if the Nazis had won the war. The main character was born in London but after a lot of misforutne, torture, labor camps and servitude, he ends up working and living in the Polish undergroud. The title refers to the fact that the generation after the war (the children) don't remember the way life was before the war.

Very, very long and drawn out. The main characters are very memorable but...I think a lot could have be
Apr 07, 2016 Debbie rated it it was amazing
This book is gargantuan so you have to like big books if you plan to tackle this one! If you do, it is excellent! The characters are well-developed and the various plot lines all tie up together. Very worth the time invested in reading it!
Aug 09, 2008 Theo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Never read War and Peace, but I'm thinking it's comparable in length. A "what if" story, w/ the 3rd Reich having won WW II. At the end, I know more details about the life of Peter Halifax than my closest friends and family...but worth the read!
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
The novel paints a realistic and grim picture of a Europe dominated by the Nazis (who have won the Second World War) but there is also a less realistic, more fanciful tale of the Resistance that Didn't quite work for me.
Aug 16, 2011 Joseph rated it liked it
This was an excruciating book to read. Although good it was depressing to be in this story under Germany's rule and experience the times.
Dec 26, 2007 Lisa rated it really liked it
An very interesting perspective to what could have been if Hilter was to succeed.
Dec 19, 2008 Ginna marked it as to-read
alternate history based on long lasting third Reich
Jon Chaisson
Mar 28, 2011 Jon Chaisson rated it really liked it
Another of my all-time favorites.
Much, much too long.
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