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The Videssos Cycle, Volume II The Videssos Cycle, Volume II by Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Harry Turtledove's first major series under his own name was The Videssos Cycle, originally published in four volumes in 1987. Del Rey has recently re-released the books in a two volume trade paperback edition. The second volume includes the novels The Legion of Videssos and Swords of the Legion. Putting these two books in a single volume reinforces the structural differences between them and the first two novels in the series.

The Videssos Cycle, Volume I The Videssos Cycle, Volume I by Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Steven H Silver
The first two novels of the Videssos Cycle (The Misplaced Legion and An Emperor for the Legion) have been collected in an omnibus volume, offering a new generation of fans an introduction to the history-based fantasy with which Harry Turtledove initially built his name. The basic premise of the series has a Republican Roman legion shunted from Gaul to a land in which magic works and the political culture is reminiscent of the Byzantine Empire into which Rome would eventually evolve.

Atlantis and Other Places Atlantis and Other Places by Harry Turtledove
an audiobook review by Dale Darlage
Called a "Master of Alternate History" by Publishers Weekly, Harry Turtledove continues on that track with a set of 12 short stories. Topics and eras range from pre-history to the Peloponnesian War to the Byzantine Empire to World War II, along with two stories set in modern times.

Hitler's War Hitler's War by Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
The assassination of Konrad Henlein in 1938 gives Hitler the excuse he needs to follow his desire to invade Czechoslovakia. England and France are appalled by the German aggression, and refuse to sign the treaty offered by Hitler. Even though neither side is really ready for another big war, the die is cast, and before anyone can pull back, an alternate take on World War II is well underway.

Give Me Back My Legions! Give Me Back My Legions! by Harry Turtledove
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
Harry Turtledove explores the circumstances surrounding one of ancient Rome's greatest military disasters, The Battle of the Teutoberg Forest. This is the battle in which the German, Arminius, defeated Augustus Caesar's appointed governor of Germany, Publius Quinctilius Varus, keeping Rome out of Germany. Although well-known for his alternate histories, Turtledove chooses historical fiction as the best format to tell about this history-changing battle.

Return Engagement Return Engagement by Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
The time is the Summer of 1941, and in this world the Confederate States of America were never brought into the union. The last time the CSA fought the USA, was about 20 years ago, but a surprise bombing raid on the US capital, Philadelphia, proves to be the opening salvo of a new, and very bloody conflict. The megalomaniac President of the CSA, Jake Featherstone is shown to be much more closely modelled as an American Hitler.

Through the Darkness Through the Darkness by Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Ian Nichols
This is a novel of war, a vast war, fought on many fronts, but mainly in Unkerlant, an enormous continent of many different races. All the conventions of the fantasy novel are here; dragons and magic and strange and wonderful natural forces. The plot is enormously complex, and the back-story in the novel is really not quite sufficient to explain how it has all come about. The writing is as skilful and detailed as anything Turtledove has ever written...

The Center Cannot Hold The Center Cannot Hold by Harry Turtledove
reviewed by David Soyka
While historians traditionally focus on major trends and events -- the wars, the political debates, emergent religious doctrines, technological advancements -- and the exceptional figures who shape them, one branch of scholarship takes a different approach in examining how these various historical eddies affect the everyday lives of "regular" people. The workers, the soldiers, the families whose lives are dramatically changed or disrupted -- sometimes immediately, sometimes incrementally -- because of the larger social, political and scientific upheavals.

Ruled Britannia Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Remember: the Spanish Armada did not overthrow England at the time of William Shakespeare. As far as we know... If it seems impossible to imagine a Britain governed by Spain and victims of the Inquisition, just give it a few pages and this novel will likely have you wondering, too. In London under the heavy hand of Spain and the Vatican, life for an actor and playwright is one lived under sufferage. All plays must be approved by the Master of the Revels and some topics are simply avoided by a smart man who wants to keep his liberty and his head.

Colonization: Aftershocks Colonization: Aftershocks by Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
This is the latest novel in a series that began with Worldwar: In the Balance, and portrays an Earth in which an alien invasion interrupted World War II. By the time of this book, it is the 60s, much of the planet is occupied by the aliens, known to themselves as The Race, to humans as the Lizards. The author does a masterful job of meshing his world's history with our own, and it's a lot of fun spotting the differences in people's lives.

Walk in Hell Walk in Hell by Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Nick Gevers
The 2nd volume of four, this novel is an exhaustive account of a First World War grown even more monstrous than its factual counterpart. There is a cool precise cruelty to this vision, the perspective of an historian with few sentimental illusions and with a profound understanding of inexorable historical process; this is deeply impressive, a rigorous antidote to the whimsy that so easily infects alternate history.

Darkness Descending Darkness Descending by Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Steven H Silver
In Into the Darkness, the author began to relate the history of a massive war on the magical continent of Derlavai. The cultures and causes of the war had distinct parallels with both World Wars of the 20th century. Here, he plays up the parallels with World War II even as he shifts his focus from the field of battle to the societal changes which are occurring because of the world-wide war being fought.

American Front American Front by Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Mark Shainblum
The author knows history, and he knows it well. When he spins an alternate history scenario, you just know that it's been carefully thought out and is historically plausible. As well, his characters, often derived from genuine historical sources, are sympathetic and real. You genuinely believe in them, you feel for them, you care about what happens to them.

Household Gods Household Gods by Judith Tarr and Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Rich Horton
Nicole Gunther-Perrin is a recently divorced lawyer in present-day Los Angeles. Her life seems to be falling apart. Her husband left her for a blond bimbo. Her daycare provider just quit. And she has been passed over for a partnership at her law firm, while the man she has just collaborated with got his partnership. Everything in our world seems slanted against women. So she makes a half-hearted prayer to a plaque featuring the Roman gods Liber and Libera to send her back to Ancient Rome, where, she imagines, women had equal status with men. And they comply...

Colonization: Second Contact Colonization: Second Contact by Harry Turtledove
reviewed by A.L. Sirois
This is a continuation of Turtledove's Worldwar series. If you like series books and want to stick around to see how it all comes out, then by all means settle back with a big cup of ginger tea and have a go.

Into the Darkness Into the Darkness by Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Although the battles hold up well for the single book (of a projected 6-book series), they'll begin to grow stale long before the final book. Fortunately, the author introduces enough subplots, magical, political, and romantic, that he should have enough to focus on as the series moves towards its end.

Departures Departures by Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Steven H Silver
For readers who have not read any of the author's work, Steven recommends this collection to get a feel for the wide range of stories this author has to offer. For people who only know him through his novel-length work, he also recommends it to show how masterful he is when it comes to writing short stories.

How Few Remain How Few Remain by Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Alexander von Thorn
George Custer and Teddy Roosevelt fighting the British in Montana. Abraham Lincoln preaching socialism in Chicago. Samuel Clemens arrested for sedition. Trench warfare on the Ohio River. This story bursts forth from the first page and pushes ahead with the force of a speeding train. How Few Remain is a compelling and entertaining story and a thoughtful study of some of the core issues of American history.

How Few Remain How Few Remain by Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Typical of Turtledove's alternate history novels, this one sports a large cast of historical characters such as Abe Lincoln, Sam Clemens, Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Douglass and Stonewall Jackson. They allow Turtledove to present different viewpoints of the situation and add depth to the world he has created without seeming to give any single individual an unreasonably open or broad mind. For it isn't a black-and-white story.

Between the Rivers Between the Rivers by Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Steven H Silver
This novel covers familiar Turtledove ground work, however it does so in a manner which is frequently fresh and inventive. It does a fantastic job of depicting a Mesopotamian culture and the elements of humanity breaking free from the rule of gods and superstition.

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