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The Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove
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Aug 17, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, science-fiction, alternate-history, military-science-fiction

** spoiler alert ** I first reviewed this some years ago. This is an update 8/17/15

I read this years ago and I must say i liked it. Unfortunately it was the last in this seemingly endless series of books I did like. ***Actually this book doesn't have anything to do with the aforementioned endless series on the Civil War. This I liked...those I burned out on pretty much right away.

This one explores the anachronistic arrival of some South African white supremacists with a large supply of AK-47s to the south during the Civil War. The with the (somewhat predictabl) changes for the outcome of said war, and the CSA is established as a separate country.

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As I said this is a good and interesting read but there is then a series of Civil War books by the author which turns into a sort of "soap-opera" (as has happened with some other Turtledove books). So I read this, then later on started a couple of the later books ...... and put them down.

But, as I said this one is worth the read.
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message 1: by Donna (new) - added it

Donna Mike, sounds interesting. I just ordered it. I couldn't resist since one of my all-time favorite books is The Killer Angels Have you read that one? If not, I highly recommend it!


Mike (the Paladin) I've read part of Jeff Shara's American Revolution series, but haven't read anything by Michael... More to the "to be read" file I suppose. I'd like to live long enough to read all I plan to read. LOL


message 3: by Werner (new) - added it

Werner Mike, I haven't read any of Turtledove's work, but I have read about it. To clarify a point, this book is actually a stand-alone. The series that begins with How Few Remain, though it also deals with a timeline in which the South won the Civil War, is set in a different timeline than the one here --in the one in the series, the victory was won through British and French military intervention.


Mike (the Paladin) I picked up one after this on the civil war theme...and put it down quick. The same happened with his "invaders arrive during WWII novels. They were a great idea that he turned into a soap opera.

So apologies on my thinking the South victorious theme was carried on from here...but my objection stands. he's just too prone to writing soap opera. Of course for those who like soap opera that may not be a bad thing. :)


message 5: by Donna (new) - added it

Donna Mike wrote: "I've read part of Jeff Shara's American Revolution series, but haven't read anything by Michael... More to the "to be read" file I suppose. I'd like to live long enough to read all I plan to read. LOL"

I tried those after Killer Angels, but found them much drier and too much like a history textbook with some character narration thrown in. (Can you tell I'm more into "escapism"?) I enjoyed Michael's book so much better!


message 6: by Bob (new)

Bob Milne Never tried this one, but had the same issue as Mike with the aliens invade WWII saga.


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