Germanica

Germanica

Book - 2015
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"Best-selling alternate history master Robert Conroy returns to World War II, this time for a dangerous last stand of the Nazis in the heart of the Alps. GERMANICA, UBER ALLES! Deep in the heart of Europe's Alps in the redoubt called Germanica, Nazi propaganda master Josef Goebbels and a battalion of Nazi zealots hold out against a frantic final Allied push to end World War II. With Churchill losing his election, De Gaulle consolidating his rule over a newly liberated France, and Stalin asserting his own nefarious land-grab in Eastern Germany, only America, led by its untried new president Harry Truman, remains to face the toughest of Nazi warriors as they hunker down for a bitter fight to the last man. Goebbels knows that if he can hold out just a bit longer, the war weary of the Western nations will back away from unconditional surrender for Germany, and he and his zealots can remain in power never to answer for their war crimes, and able to prepare for the moment when their hateful Nazi ideology is ready once again to rise from its alpine grave and strike at the heart of humanity! But there are Americans and a few stalwart Europeans just as determined to put a final stake in the Nazi heart. It is now up to heroes in the making such as newly minted O.S.S. operative Ernie Janek, commando Captain Scott Tanner, and formerly enslaved Czech "Jew" Lena Bobek, to bring down the dark Nazi menace growing like a cancer in the mountainous heart of the continent** Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781476780566
1476780560
Branch Call Number: Fiction Conroy
Characteristics: vi, 343 pages ; 25 cm

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Astraeus
Jan 26, 2016

The final alternate history novel by Robert Conroy does not disappoint in its depiction of events had the Nazis attempted to fall back to the mountains in Central Europe to try and outlast the patience of the United States and its exhausted allies. While the ending is somewhat anti-climatic (although still satisfying), this book will be enjoyed by every fan of this beloved author, whose contributions to the alternative history genre will never be forgotten.

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TheresaAJ
Oct 19, 2015

This alternative World War II novel takes place in 1945 after Hitler's death and just prior to the bombing of Japan. The last Nazi holdouts have moved their base to the Bavarian Alps and named it Germanica. The population is rife with high-ranking officers and almost non-existent with fighting men and equipment. Through a series of character sketches, Conroy tells the stories of fascinating people on both sides of the conflict. This novel gives you a very different view of war than the newsreels and movies that were made during that time period. My only quibble is that the epilogue didn't tell "the rest of the story" for more characters. Psst...the evil Nazi general got it in the end...

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tigershark855
Sep 30, 2015

*non-spoiler section* It was an okay read, but not that great. I appreciated that the battles were presented as gritty and brutal, and liked the notes of optimism and patriotic spirit as well. What I didn't want and didn't need (and skipped over) were the torture and rape/near-rape scenes. The writing was like the rest of the book, okay, but not great. Cool cover, though. *spoiler section* I started the book hoping for a big old confrontation battle at the end, and instead the Nazis just sputtered out and died with little more than a whimper. Close to history? Yes. Exciting? Not really. On the other hand, I liked the chapters from the POV of the German soldiers.
Final assessment: skip it, unless you really need something to read on that long flight.

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Nov 04, 2015

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Nov 04, 2015

The world had gone to hell.

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