In a war room in Washington, William Tecumseh Sherman and General Robert E. Lee huddle together and plan their next, joint military operation. In the jungles of Mexico, Ulysses S. Grant is locked in brutal combat with the best of the British Army. And in the heart of the new American South a fragile peace is threatened...
In the dazzling alternate history of Harry Harrison, this is the world as it stands in 1863. Just three years before, a titanic Civil War loomed in America. But an incident involving a British ship and two Confederate spies changed everything. As Abraham Lincoln defied Britain's Lord Palmerston, tensions between the two nations boiled over and Her Majesty's Navy unleashed an attack on American soil aimed at bolstering the Confederate cause. The results were catastrophic.
A stunned North and South put aside their differences and a new kind of war erupted, with Americans fighting side by side against the British on two fronts: in the South and on the Canadian border. Now, Britain has been defeated and America is struggling to keep its union together until another blow is struck. It comes from Mexico, where elite units of Her Majesty's Army including the famed Gurkha fighters are massing for a possible attack through Texas.
Into the gauntlet, Lincoln sends his chosen angel of death, General Grant. But the weary president knows that two centuries of British power will not be ended with a single battle. So his top soldiers, including Lee and Sherman, plan the most daring naval invasion ever launched: an assault on British soil itself. And in a secret that must be protected by an underground army of spies and secret agents, the U.S. will invade the Emerald Isle to set the Irish free at last. Filled with real characters on both sides of the conflict, Stars and Stripes in Peril is the new masterwork from one of our most provocative authors.
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"Terrific alternate history"
This is one of the better books I have found this year. I am really sorry to find that the sequels have not yet been produced. A terrific alternate history of the Civil War in which the British jump into our family feud on the Southern side, it grabs your attention and holds on for the entire story. Normally I don;t buy book number one of any series until the entire series is available. This time I grabbed this one because it looked really interesting. British troops attack from Canada while the English navy tries for a close blockade. However, it looks like English plans will come to grief. Get this one and wait with me until they make books two through ? come along. You won't be sorry!
Yes it is very entertaining.
The thrill of Gen Sherman's decision in Mississippi.
Excellent all around
What if things were better.
"More fiction than history"
Some stories of alternate history are 100% believable. Some you read and you think, that could have happened. While this is a well written and fun story to read, it is not a story that rings true. A lot of assumptions are made and some are just unrealistic. Yes the Brits could have attacked and likely would have in the manor described. However, I don't see the South joining with the north to fight off the invaders.
Great book I very much enjoyed it, it just is more fiction than history.
"Starts well but then "what " ????"
The big twist about half way is just silly and not believable, breaking the golden rule of alternate histories, credibility. The on-going inaccuracies regarding various military technologies is also grating. The book begins well but depictions of various characters and nationalities starts to grate - all americans are wise and folksy, all brits are upper class twits. Overall tolerable - just - but there are plenty of other better alt. histories to spend your cash on.
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