Hitler's War (The War That Came Early, #1)
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Hitler's War (The War That Came Early #1)

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A stroke of the pen and history is changed. In 1938, British prime minister Neville Chamberlain, determined to avoid war, signed the Munich Accord, ceding part of Czechoslovakia to Hitler. But the following spring, Hitler snatched the rest of that country, and England, after a fatal act of appeasement, was fighting a war for which it was not prepared. Now, in this thrillin...more
Paperback, 516 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Del Rey Books (first published 2009)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 4* of five, all for the delicious idea

The Publisher Says: A stroke of the pen and history is changed. In 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, determined to avoid war at any cost, signed the Munich Accord, ceding part of Czechoslovakia to Hitler. But the following spring, Hitler snatched the rest of that country and pushed beyond its borders. World War II had begun, and England, after a fatal act of appeasement, was fighting a war for which it was not prepared.

Now, in this th...more
Sebastian Breit
The POD of Hitler's War actually happens earlier than the failure of the Munich Agreement: Jose Sanjuro, one of the main conspirators of the Nationalist side of the Spanish Civil War, does not die in a plane crash in July 1936 (historically caused by his desire to carry too much luggage on a plane too small and weak for its additional weight). Subsequently, it is he who becomes the leader of the Nationalists instead of Francisco Franco. By the time the novel's actual plot starts, the Nationalist...more
Steve Vernon
I was a BIG fan of Turtledove's Worldwar series that postulated "what if aliens entered World War II", so I have been interested in this "Early War" series ever since it first came out.

So, a couple of weeks ago I opened up my wallet, bought a copy of "Hitler's War" and started to read.

The book postulates what might have happened if Chamberlain, instead of ducking WWII and signing the Munich Accord had actually gone ahead and declared war on Germany in 1938.

An interesting thought but poorly misha...more
Stein
Years ago I read Turtledove's fine four volume series WORLDWAR (and the sequel HOMEWARD BOUND) which involved an alien race's impact on WWII. These books had excellent characterizations, intriguing scenarios and considerable suspense and anticipation as to what might develop. I would rate those books four or five stars.

Trustingly, I bought the first two books of this THE WAR THAT CAME EARLY series, but after reading the first book I am reluctant to spend time reading the second one even though I...more
Mark
A really great read, well thought out, well reseached book again by harry turtledove, looking forward to reading his others in this series.
Leons1701
Once again Turtledove demonstrates in a single book both why I continue to read his work, and why he is no longer near the top of my favorites list.

This is a big, audacious work, completely retelling the story of WWII from a slightly earlier starting point. So far, the alternate is convincing, neither side really gains much advantage out of the earlier start, the Allies are less prepared, but the Germans are forced to use earlier equipment as well, particularly the weak Panzer I. With a large ca...more
Zach Smith
Last year I read a Harry Turtledove story collection, and had said at the time I was sufficiently hooked. Half a year later I have finally read one of his novels (one of many he’s written), and I can say I am still “hooked.” Hitler’s War is part of an alternate history series called The War That Came Early, in which a Czechoslovakian kills a prominent Nazi in Slovakia, prompting Hitler to attach Czechoslovakia in 1937, thus setting off World War 2 two years earlier. Meanwhile in Spain Jose Sanju...more
Lady of the Lake
This book was kind of like going to see a movie you looked forward to with big Hollywood stars in it only to find they were only in tiny spots of the film and instead you were given way too many unknown actors and no focus on any one so they all became unremarkable.
The book was good but it could have been so much more...I wanted great.
Martin
I keep trying Turtledove, because his books on the surface sound as though I should love them, but I don't think I've yet managed to finish one. I swore I was done with him, only to see this on the shelf at the library and be sucked back in...

And once again regretted it. His writing is more or less OK, if somewhat repetitive; and his characters generally tend to have very little differentiation but aren't terrible. There's two factors though that made this unreadable for me, leading me to give u...more
Dan
Very much Harry Turtledove. Unlike his North vs. South series or his World War, I felt the characters weren't particularly memorable. He uses some repeated cues to remind you of who they are (just like Sam "I-get-sunburned-easy-and-aviation-is-the-future-of-naval-warfare" Carsten), but I just couldn't get into them much.

What I do like is the re-imagining of the war. That's probably what a majority of the readers are looking for as well. For that, it's entertaining. I've got most of the rest of t...more
Daniel Steele
I really wish his books were better because the concept is really good. Second Turtledove book I have tried. Both were HIGHLY repetitive. I did not appreciate being hit on the head so many times... its still sore.
Daniel
Decent but not superb. I think the hook - what if ww2 started a year early - doesn't have the same pull as if the Confederacy won the Civil War.
Michael Brown
I just could not get into the characters. Everything seemed to drone on and on. I set it down after 80 pages.
Alexander Seifert
Like many of Turtledove's first books that later grow to be multi-volume series, I really enjoyed this book. Fresh off of the Southern Victory series, I still wasn't too burnt out from Turtledove.

I really enjoyed the concept and what he selects to serve as his points of divergence from 'real' history. Aside from that, it's much of what you can expect from the author: Normal Joes trying to get by despite bad tobacco and people shelling them.

At this stage, it was still fresh, and I really enjoyed...more
Harry
A fun read and very a typical "Turtledove" novel. The Alternative History pviot point for this book is that Hitler starts WWII earlier then in our timeline. Here the war starts with an invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1938 as opposed to a free walk-in occupation of Czechoslovakia and a subsequent invasion of Poland in 1939. For some this may seem like a trivial change but this book the first of a series, shows that the geopolitics could be very different. If you have never read Turtledove before, h...more
Karl Schaeffer
OK. I love alternate history. Also, I love to read Harry Turtledove's books. "Hitler's War" is the first of a new series for me anyways. The premise? What if Hitler went to war in 1938 by invading Sudetenland instead of waiting until 1939 and invading Poland. Not quite the big change, like space aliens invading the earth during WWI or the South beating the North in the Civil War. A seemingly subtle change, but interesting enough for Turtledove to spin a yarn. I like Turtledove's approach of tell...more
Mark
File this one under guilty pleasure. I make no apologies. "What if...?" is one of those great nerdy debates about any possible subject, and for people looking at history there's no exception.

Harry Turtledove has written a lot of alternate history stuff, though this is the first I have read. The writing is not great, but you're not reading because you want great writing. You're reading because you're curious what this guy's perspective will be on World War II if it broke out at the time in the re...more
Liviu
Extraordinary war novel set in an alt-hist in which WW2 starts after Munich with the invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Told from the point of view of regular grunts from all sides as well as two remarkable but very different women and with some unexpected twists but following a reasonable course mimicking real history, this novel is the start of what may be Mr. Turtledove best series ever; the ending is great in Spring 1939 covering two crucial events which I would not spoil except that they represent...more
Aaron
Everyone knows of my love of Harry Turtledove. He is a master of alternative history (see ... it says so on the book cover!), and he never disappoints. His newest novel presents of view of what might have happened if Neville Chamberlain hadn't backed down when Hitler was threatening invasion of Czechoslovakia and taking Sudetenland.

Our tale begins in 1936, and Nazi Germany is just starting to flex its expansionist muscles. Britain and France are sending representatives to speak with Hitler about...more
Manuel António
Being a big fan of alternative history I really wished this book was better because the concept is really good. I had already tried and deeply enjoyed Turtledove's "Ruled Britannia" and "The Man with the Iron Fist", found them witty and plausible, but now in a more global scale. Adding to this in "Hitler's War" he returns to a strategy to which is I am very partial, interchanging different points of view from different characters who have a partial and even a biased perspective of the events the...more
Shawn
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Stig
First volume of a new Turtledove series, this time based on the premise that World War Two breaks out in 1938 and with some changes in the line-up of belligerent countries. As a wargamer and an alternate history buff, this is of course interesting stuff for me, but I can only give this three stars. The book follows the usual pattern for Turtledove's multi-volume series - we follow a number of people who get caught up in various events and eventually they'll begin to interact. The thing is that t...more
Steven
An interesting premise: If one minor detail changed, what new course will history take? In this Turtledove novel, the author explores the possibility of WWII starting a year earlier when a Nazi officer - in a move similar to that that set off WWI - is killed, inciting Hitler into a war-hungry frenzy, attacking the Allies before they're fully prepared for war.

As in most Turtledove novels, the author takes you to the front lines of each faction, getting you inside the headspace of non-commissioned...more
Liz B
I honestly cannot say why I found this book so darn interesting. The characterization is nonexistent. It's told in serial 3rd person limited and I swear that every character sounds pretty much the same. I suppose that could be seen as some sort of social commentary about the soldier's experience and how everyone just wants cigarettes and to live but whatever, this is an awfully long book for that kind of thing to be tolerable.

And yet I kept reading, and I also read the sequel, and I fully intend...more
Phillip Berrie
An interesting read. An alternate history of the second world war seen through the eyes of various participants on both sides and on all fronts. The book ends in 1939 and so there is obviously still a lot of story to tell, but I'm not sure I will go along for the ride.

It's not that the writing is bad, it is just that there are too many characters and changing gears to follow each of them was a bit of a chore and not one that drew me into the flow of the story.

One thing I should mention though is...more
John
Another great Turtledove alternate history book. The premise being what if Neville Chamberlin's "Peace at any cost" treaty was never signed, in this case because Hitler started the war early.

Told through multiple eyes, ranging from Americans fighting fascists in Gibralter to Poles, Russians, Americans and Germans there is a fairly full perspective of the war. To Turtledove's credit, there are flaws on all sides though Hitler continues to be the villain of the piece.

A very interesting book and it...more
Christian
I don't know why I keep trying to read Turtledove novels. I do like the idea of alternate history novels because I like history and would enjoy a well written novel about what might have been. This author takes a somewhat interesting "What if?" scenario, this one being what if Chamberlain did not make a deal with Hitler at Munich, and bloats it out into a multi volume waste of space and time. Too much time is wasted on characters suffering through combat and other means of suffering. Just like a...more
Greg
There's no one who writes Alternate History like Harry Turledove. As he does, he takes a "what if" something happened, or didn't happen, and postulates what might have happened.

Best of all, he does it from the viewpoint of the people involved. While there's a number of PoV's involved which means you're jumping around a bit, you quickly become invested in each character. All players feel real, no matter what side of the line they might be on. It's alternate history from the trenches (actually fr...more
Thomas
I love Harry Turtledove. I've read most of his books and enjoyed each and everyone of them. But this is one I just could not get into.

He does his usual fine job of writing. I love the way he reveals the big picture from multiple view points, but for some reason he didn't draw me in to the story.

Perhaps it's because I couldn't see the Wehrmacht blitzing into Belgium and Holland in the middle of the 1938-39 winter season after being bloodied in Czechoslovakia. That's just too improbable for me.

Yes...more
David
I stuck with Harry Turtledove for a long time, and I was incredibly devoted to his Timeline-181 and World War series. However, the later books in both series showed a disturbing tendency to produce characters that were impossible to be emotionally invested in or even care if they lived or died. That trend is continuing into the new Hitler's War series. Turtledove's history is spot on. There can be no doubt that the man does his research, but at the last page I honestly couldn't have separated on...more
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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.

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