Under the Yoke (Draka, #2)
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Under the Yoke (Draka #2)

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The second of the Draka series.The Eurasian War is over. Nazi Germany and the Japanese Empire have been defeated. With the exception of the British Isles Europe belongs to the Domination. Now it is the turn of the Europeans to be experience life as serfs under the heel of the Domination. Now it is their turn to be Under the Yoke.
Paperback, 1st U.S. Edition, 501 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Baen Books (first published September 1st 1989)
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Duffy Pratt
I wrote a long review of this book and Goodreads ate it. I have to start writing the reviews in a word processor and pasting them here. This has happened too many times. Here's the shorthand version of the review.

Better than the first book.

It concentrates on Draka consolidation of new territory, especially on the domestication of their new slaves. Draka are bastards. New generation of Draka think that its their birthright. They see themselves as becoming a kind of philosopher king after the enti...more
Second installment in Stirling's "Draka" series, and alternate history in which slave-holding European settlers took over most of Africa in the 19th century and became a super-power by WWII.
In "Yoke," the action takes place in occupied Europe, where the Draka are semi-frantically attempting to digest their doubled territory. This includes, of course, converting the majority of the population to serfs (their euphemistic term for their slaves.) Many do not take kindly to this new status, and in a...more
I'd like to go 2.5 stars. It suffers from the same problem of "good guys fail, bad guys are competent and evil". It's essentially a tragedy, and I don't usually like tragedy.

This one is less plot-focused and more character-focused than the previous book. Treating the plot as less important means that it's presented somewhat achronologically, with a couple of extended flashbacks. One flashback makes sense (it occurs before all the other events of the book, and is presented mid-book); the other do...more
David R.
The second in Stirling's "Draka" series. This one takes place five years after the first novel, and the horrifying Draka regime is grinding continental Europe into serfdom. The action largely takes place on a French "plantation" where new serfs (a French communist and Polish nun) confront the realities of their new, highly unpleasant circumstances, and a mysterious American agent strives to make life more difficult for the Master Race. As always, Stirling's style is dark, brooding, and top heavy...more
UTY is the sequel to Marching Through Georgia. Loyalists from the American Revolution are resettled in the Cape Town colony and become a continental military power known as the Domination of the Draka.
After conquering Eurasia, the Draka begin to remake Europe as they had Africa and southwest Asia prior to the Eurasian War (1942-46).
Stirling can be uneven, but he is rarely boring. I vacillated between four and five stars for this book -- thinking I should have given it a five because it disturbed me so much. As one reviewer said, "think about history - then make it worse." Much worse. A hypothetical slavery-based, war-glorifying, ruthless society -- that thrives. Eek.
The second was not as good as the first. There was a switch in major characters, and it wasn't for the better. I was looking forward to seeing the characters develop, but they only played minor roles, if any.
Draka utterly
Repugnant. Author seems to
Like them a bit much.
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Stephen Michael Stirling is a French-born Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. Stirling is probably best known for his Draka series of alternate history novels and the more recent time travel/alternate history Nantucket series and Emberverse series.

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