In April 1945, the Allies are charging toward Berlin from the west, the Russians from the east. For Hitler, the situation is hopeless. But at this turning point in history, another war is about to explode.
To win World War II, the Allies dealt with the devil. Joseph Stalin helped FDR, Churchill, and Truman crush Hitler. But what if “Uncle Joe” had given in to his desire to possess Germany and all of Europe? In this stunning novel, Robert Conroy picks up the history of the war just as American troops cross the Elbe into Germany. Then Stalin slams them with the brute force of his enormous Soviet army.
From American soldiers and German civilians trapped in the ruins of Potsdam to U.S. military men fighting behind enemy lines, from a scholarly Russia expert who becomes a secret player in a new war to Stalin’s cult of killers in Moscow, this saga captures the human face of international conflict. With the Soviets vastly outnumbering the Americans—but undercut by chronic fuel shortages and mistrust—Eisenhower employs a brilliant strategy of retreat to buy critical time for air superiority. Soon, Truman makes a series of controversial decisions, enlisting German help and planning to devastate the massive Red Army by using America’s ultimate and most secret weapon.
WWII alternate historian Conroy (1945) sets this tale largely in Berlin as it prepares for division among the four Allied powers in accordance with the Yalta agreements. President Truman doesn't trust Stalin and makes the controversial decision to move his troops across the Elbe River toward Berlin in an attempt to lessen Stalin's growing influence in Europe. The move ignites smoldering tensions between Russia and the States, and Stalin's enormous Red Army attacks its former allies, extending the war and threatening the world. An ensemble cast of fictional characters (an American soldier, a German refugee, a professor of Russian history turned secret agent, etc.) and historical figures powers the meticulously researched story line with diverse accounts of the horrors of war, making this an appealing read for fans of history and alternate history alike.
Alt-history is one of my favorite genres. This book was a great read and page turner. What- ifs are tantalizing questions and it's interesting to read one's interpretation.
Another Superior Alternate History from Robert Conroy ! Deep understanding of this historical setting, with the technical and military details as well as interpersonal dynamics nailed by careful research . This opinion submitted by West Point ( ‘66 ) Infantry combat Ranger turned Physician (‘75) who then trained in Psychiatry , and through seeing patients 80 hrs/wk for the last 40 yrs has earned the right to opine.
For fans of the techno-thriller genre, this format is transposed to a World War II history that never was. If you liked Red Storm Rising, an alternate history on World War III, by Tom Clancy, this is definitely a must read. I have to say the romance scenes are a bit shallow as I think is typical in the military thriller genre, but the thoroughness of the details in this alternate history more than compensates.