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Drake's Drum: The Peace of Amiens

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British decline in the 20th Century is often seen as something fixed and inevitable. As the United Kingdom’s financial strength ebbed, so did its power, prestige and influence in the world. Yet Britain was never a state in terminal decay. In relative decline, perhaps, but always a vital entity, one that embraced a process of re–invention; that proved ready to change and ad ...more
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Published June 10th 2019 by Sea Lion Press
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Steve
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Well researched and a hell of a lot of detail. A number of small changes, starting in WWI leading to a more successful Battle of Jutland for the RN that results in a vastly different set of conflicts for WWII. Markedly darker than OTL but with a considerably different Britain as well by the mid-40's. Definitely recommend it for anyone interested in quality alternative history that isn't a simplistic 'wank' for a given nation or group.
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Simon Finney
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
More a series of essays than a novel

While the alternate histories presented in this novel are engaging the overall structure failed to engage as there are no characters or personal storylines that reflect the history being played out. Added to that the fragmented approach taken with varied sources being used to build the narrative led to an uncomfortable scattered jumble of viewpoints. As a human story it failed to engage, and it didn’t live up to the initial chapter that had real potential.
David Kennedy
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly detailed and scholarly

If one were to imagine an academic history of an alternative WWII that had actually happened, this book would be it. A highly credible and very detailed exploration of a very plausible scenario. By minimizing their roles in the alternative, the book makes quite clear just how indispensable Churchill and FDR were in reality.
Tom Anderson
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent and comprehensive alternate history of a different interwar period and Second World War, arising from a point of divergence connected with the Battle of Jutland, and the overall theme of a stronger (if still declining) Britain in the 20th century. Knowing this about the theme, there are some really unexpected twists in the plot - though the title may give a hint to one to students of history. About my only criticism would be I feel it does not do justice to Clement Attlee as a chara ...more
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Well researched. Interesting proposition.
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