Return Engagement (Settling Accounts, Book One)

Return Engagement (Settling Accounts, Book One)

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Author/Contributor(s): Turtledove, Harry
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Date: 06/28/2005
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW
"[Harry Turtledove] handles his huge cast with admirable skill. The insights into racial politics elevate this novel to a status above mere entertainment, although it provides that aplenty."--Publishers Weekly

It's 1941, and an alliance of peace holds in check the most powerful nations of the world--but it is an uneasy peace. Japan dominates the Pacific, the Russian tsar rules Alaska, and England, under Winston Churchill, chafes for a return to its former glory.

Behind this façade of world order, America is a bomb waiting to explode. Jake Featherston, the megalomaniacal leader of the Confederate States of America, is just the man to light the fuse. Opposite him is Al Smith, a Socialist U.S. president in the Philadelphia White House. Smith is a living symbol of hope for a nation that has been through the hell of war and depression.

Featherston and his Freedom Party are determined to conquer their Northern neighbor at any cost. After crushing a Negro rebellion in his own nation, Featherston sends Confederate army planes to attack Philadelphia. In the aftermath of the CSA blitzkrieg, the war machine spins a vortex of destruction, betrayal, and fury that no one--not even Jake Featherston himself--can control.

"Turtledove plays heady games with actual history, scattering object lessons and bitter ironies along the way. [Return Engagement features] strong, complex characters against a sweeping alt-historical background."--Kirkus Reviews

"Another absorbing installment of [Turtledove's] character-centered alternate-history saga."--Booklist