By Harry Turtledove
Bombs Away starts off with President Harry Truman in determined session with common Douglas MacArthur, whose keep an eye on of the floor warfare in Korea has slipped disastrously away. MacArthur acknowledges a stark truth: The U.S. army has been minimize to the bone after victory over the Nazis—while China and the USSR have outfitted up their forces. the single solution to cease the Communist surge into the Korean Peninsula and store hundreds of thousands of yankee lives is thru a nuclear assault. MacArthur advocates a strike on chinese language objectives in Manchuria. In real historical past, Truman rejected his general’s recommendation; right here, he doesn't. The miscalculation becomes a catastrophe while Truman fails to foresee Russia’s reaction.
nearly immediately, Stalin moves U.S. allies in Europe and nice Britain. because the surprise waves settle, the 2 superpowers are stuck in a frightening face-off. Will they assault one another without delay with nuclear guns? What nations may be stuck in between?
The fateful worldwide drama performs out during the studies of normal people—from a British barmaid to a Ukrainian battle veteran to a determined American soldier by myself at the back of enemy traces in Korea. For them, in addition to Truman, Mao, and Stalin, the complete global has develop into a battleground. Strategic moves bring about tremendous activities of floor troops. towns are destroyed, economies ravaged. And on a planet less than siege, the sounds and points of interest of nuclear bombs turn into a grim harbinger of a brand new fact: the fight to outlive man’s maximum madness.
Praise for Bombs Away
“A interesting and compelling tale of actual humans stuck in forces past their keep watch over . . . [Harry Turtledove is] the unmatched monarch of trade history.”—Analog
“Turtledove is an undisputed centerpiece of the alternate-history style, and now, to his already grand exhibit, he’s including the bold story of a WWIII which can have happened.”—Booklist
“This is Turtledove at his best.”—SFRevu
“Alternate-world warrior extraordinaire Turtledove gives you the hole barrage of a brand new speculative conflict.”—Kirkus Reviews
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