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1862

A Novel

By Robert Conroy

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| Paperback | 9780345482372

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Following the US Navy's boarding of the British ship Trent in late 1861, Great Britain declares war on the Union while not quite committing to an alliance with the Confederacy. England is a sea power but very limited on land. She knows that Canada is Continue

Following the US Navy's boarding of the British ship Trent in late 1861, Great Britain declares war on the Union while not quite committing to an alliance with the Confederacy. England is a sea power but very limited on land. She knows that Canada is vulnerable to attack, and recognizes the need for a quick and satisfactory end to the war. She needs to convince the Confederacy to fight much of her land war for her. In Washington, Lincoln is convinced that a reluctant McClellan must attack towards Richmond before the Royal Navy strangles the U.S. As a result, a very different Civil War ensues...For fans of Harry Turtledove and John Birmingham, this work presents a thrilling alternate history of the Civil War in which Great Britain joins the Confederacy in fighting the Union.

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    1862: another title in the recent genre of alternative historical fiction. In the year of the title, the United States is in the midst of the Civil War/War between the States, and the British decide to enter the war in association with the South and ...(continue)

    1862: another title in the recent genre of alternative historical fiction. In the year of the title, the United States is in the midst of the Civil War/War between the States, and the British decide to enter the war in association with the South and against the Union.

    The concept of the novel is intriguing and the plot is certainly fast-paced and entertaining. The characters, however, are poorly drawn, stereotypical, and sometimes embodiments of the authors prejudice. The female characters, for example, seem to only be interested and engaged in sex, despite their repeated insistence that they adore their lovers because they value their minds. Apparently the author didn't. Another example is the depiction of black slaves as only interested in killing white southerners. Yet another example are British politicians, who are depicted as cartoon-like cynical, pompous, and overreaching imperialists.

    Along with that, the dialogue is atrocious. The political motivations of the British political elite that bring Great Britain into the war are also less than believable.

    Finally, the plot itself becames less convincing as the book goes on. It is hard to believe that the Union would have as many lucky breaks in technological advantage as the author interjects. Even more incredible is that apparently, according to the author, Robert E. Lee and the other great military leaders of the south would have been LESS of a threat to the north WITH British support. In fact, in the novel, the south hardly contribute to the war at all; it ends up being a contest between the Union and the Union Jack.

    If Robert Conroy is going to put such sub-par writing to print, he should at least avoid the crowded field of Civil War military fiction. Anyone who has read the Shaara trilogy will find reading Conroy's book a disappointment.

    Verdict: Only recommended if you just want some cheap, quick entertainment and don't have any better book to try.

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Book Details

  • Rating:
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    • 3 stars
  • English Books
  • Paperback 416 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0345482379
  • ISBN-13: 9780345482372
  • Publisher: Presidio Press
  • Publish date: 2006-04-01
  • Dimensions: 187 mm x 683 mm x 1,122 mm
  • Also available as: None
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