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
Love it or hate it, "Alternative history" usually cannot resist to range far and wide. As the butterfly effect of history rimples away from the turning point, plausibility is raised until the South rises again to fight on Germany's behalf in WWI.
By contrast, the invasion of Kyūshū is grounded in the projections of operations Downfall & Comet. Had these not been made pub ...more
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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
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
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
But the book has one flaw that grates on me: the portrayal of Hirohito. By the time Conroy wrote this book, the myth of Hirohito as a peace-loving puppet of the Imperial Army had already been pretty decisively debunke ...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
1945 does include the perceptions from a number of characters from both sides of the conflict, and this did make it difficult for me to keep up with the actions of some of the characters (I would call them minor characters from a novel perspective, but as Conroy does draw on figures fro ...more
If you are into military fiction, this is one for you. Good read.
More plot driven than character study, focus is on the action rather than analysis.
I have many "what-if" stories about WWII. All of them usually concerned the European or Middle East. This the first that concerns the Pacific. It is also one of the best. It not only includes reconvened at the highest level but also the first details of the men in the ground. The war against the Japanese was far different than against the Germans and this story describes this difference.
I have already downloaded this author's stories and look forward to reading them.
The narrative bounces around to all sections of the war, from Emperor Hirohito to President Truman to the men on the front lines in the midst of the horrors of a truly terrible war, this is a really eye-opening read.
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