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Germanica Free download å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ [Read] ➼ Germanica ➹ Robert Conroy – Helpyouantib.co.uk 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 AlpsGERMANICA ÜBER ALLESDeep in the heart oHen their hateful Nazi ideology is ready once again to rise from its alpine grave and strike at the heart of humanityBut 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 OSS 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 contine. Tough to decide between three and four stars I chose 4 because of the plausibility and the well developed characters But sometimes I got confused with all the characters sometimes I think characters and angles were added with minimal effect on the story like the tank commander or the bombers or the protesters at home But overall the major characters were good the plot not as exciting as you would expect from a war story but instead subtle and well done So overall very good

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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 manGoebbels 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 prepare for the moment w. Germanica is an alternate history take on the end of World War II that postulates that Hitler authorized an Alpine redoubt for Germany's final stand Convoy follows his usual practice of telling the tale through just a few characters with some additional historical filler There is a decent amount of action but plenty of main character development to keep the reader's interest A nice AH is what Germanica turned out to be

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GermanicaBest 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 AlpsGERMANICA ÜBER ALLESDeep 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. Originally posted here passing of Robert Conroy at the end of 2014 was a blow to the alternate history community as he was one of the most prolific authors in the genre next to Harry Turtledove Although some have criticized the late author for his implausible alternate histories many people have credited him with introducing them to alternate history Having never read any of his novels I really couldn’t comment on him as an author but I made it a point to pick up one of his books as soon as I could since he was obviously important to many alternate historians So when Germanica came out and it was suggested as a possible candidate for a 2015 Sidewise nomination I decided to check it outThe story begins with the Battle of the Bulge Once it became clear that Germany would be unable to force the Allies to the negotiating table Hitler orders the construction of the Alpine Redoubt as a last ditch attempt to save the Third Reich Albert Speer works his magic and creates tunnels in the Germans Alps to house the elite of Hitler’s government and the last of the Germany army to defend them The plan is simple hold out long enough until the Allies become tired of war and negotiate peace allowing for the Nazis to retake control of Germany again in the future Joseph Goebbels as the highest ranking Nazi officer at the redoubt finds himself the new Fuhrer after kills himself and declares a “Republic of Germanica” that announces its independence from Germany Meanwhile American politicians and generals fear that they may not be able to take the redoubt as they only have inexperienced troops nearby to attack who are interested in going home than risking their lives Meanwhile their is a growing anti war movement in America while Switzerland is warning the Allies not to bomb near their borders From the eyes of Americans Germans and others we get a glimpse at the alternate lead up to VE DayIn terms of alternate history Germanica is rather weak From what my preliminary research can tell things like the Alpine Redoubt and Werwolf which is also carried out in this alternate history were propaganda then real military plans The purpose of the Alpine Redoubt it seems was just to divert Allied forces from other fronts and it was successful in doing that and never really had the support of the Nazi high command who considered talk of such a program as defeatism Werwolf did get off the groundsort of The werewolves were originally planned to be highly trained commandos who would cause chaos behind enemy lines but as soldiers and euipment were needed elsewhere they became nothing then Hitler Youth members instructed to kill themselves and take as many enemies as they could with themHow numerous the werewolves were is debatable Some historians liken them to the Ira insurgency while others argue most of the attacks credited to them were probably just diehard Nazis working alone and not part of any post war organized resistance So its unlikely the Nazis ever took either of these ideas seriously and even if they did I find it implausible that they could have made realistic attempts to carry them out as late as January 1945 Further Germanica focuses mostly on the short term changes of such a desperate attempt to stave out utter defeat without looking into the mid to long term conseuences of how history could change except for the implication that a few Nazis were either captured or made it to ArgentinaWhat really bothered me about Germanica however was how badly it was written For example take a look at this uoteErnie Janek had gone for an evening’s walk He was take a break from the intense physical training at the embassy and decide that a beer was in order Previously he’d gone to a tavern a few blocks away and decided that a visit to a new one was in orderI can think of a few English teachers who would knock a few points off for using such a repetitive phrase and their were many instances of that and other grammarspelling errors throughout the book that I won’t bore you all by showing I will say though that this wasn’t a review copy I purchased this book which is being sold right now as is so Germanica can’t hide behind the “its a review copy” typo defenseThere are other of odd bits of writing to talk about such asEach young man had a strange patch on his shoulder It was a stylized animal face with flaming red eyes”I sincerely hope I’m wrong but it sure looks like a nightmare version of a werewolf”That is kind of a stretch isn’t it The only thing the reader was told was that it was an “animal face with flaming red eyes” Why would the character jump to the conclusion that it is a werewolf instead of just a wolf If it was a wolf like creature on hind legs then yeah I would see a werewolf too but if the only thing I see is the face I’m going to go with it being a wolf Also why “nightmare version of a werewolf” Is there a happy go lucky version of a werewolf I am not aware ofThere were also plenty of the dreaded “As You Know Bob” moments Take this scene for example where Goebbels promotes a loyal SS officer“It has occurred to me that you do not have enough rank to do your job properly Therefore I am promoting you to the temporary rank of SS Brigadefuhrer I understand it is euivalent to being a brigadier general in the American army”Why did he say that Goebbels and the officer should know that so there was no reason to say it Even if the SS officer did not know that who cares It was completely unnecessary The reader may not know it but that’s no excuse for such clunky dialogue In fact a lot of the dialogue in Germanica was weirdly stilted “I have other reasons for going with you and they are important and personal“ and not what I would expect from an award winning authorThen there was the odd sex scenes scattered throughout the bookincluding many brutal acts against women or descriptions of them It was actually kind of uncomfortable and not handled well The worst scene however was just a discussion of rape between a son and his parents who were hiding out at the Redoubt Here are a few choice lines“And don’t forget I did rape and enslave that Jewess Lena If she’s still alive she could testify against me”“By the way Father how was she”Gustav laughed harshly “Inert and as passionate as a large piece of meat You didn’t miss much”“Yes and by the way what does your sister think about this”Anton laughed “My precious little sister is too busy screwing her brains out with that Hans Gruber boy who think he’s a Werewolf”Who the hell talks like that to their parents or their kid I know there Nazis and the bad guys but this doesn’t seem realistic at all These are comic book villains not real people It was just ridiculously silly I couldn’t even take it seriouslyBecause I know Conroy has a lot of fans I just want to state I am not trying to attack the author personally Germanica did have its moments The aforementioned Lena character was likable and had a good story arc while I thought Conroy did a good job capturing the personality of Harry Truman Additionally while I did feel the story had a lot of similarities with Harry Turtledove’s The Man with the Iron Heart it lacked the Ira War political metaphor so it gets points for that More importantly this reads like an rough draft of a story that hasn’t been looked at by an editor To be fair maybe that’s exactly what this book is It came out after Conroy’s death and the editors at Baen could have been unable or unwilling to make changes to the copy they had If that’s the case shame on them for publishing something with Conroy’s name on it that wasn’t ready to be published If not then I really don’t see the appeal of ConroyPerhaps my first forway into the works of Robert Conroy should have been a book other than Germanica Many people have recommended some of his earlier works to me but it may be a while before I take a look at them So my final thought on Germanica is that its a bad book but I was entertained by it in a “so bad its good” kind of way Although there were plenty of times I wanted to stop reading I felt compelled to finish just to see what crazy thing Conroy would write about next So if you want to read a really absurd alternate history check out Conroy’s Germanica but I can think of several other books I would rather you read first instead