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1942: A Novel

1942: A Novel

Escrito por Robert Conroy

Narrado por L. J. Ganser


1942: A Novel

Escrito por Robert Conroy

Narrado por L. J. Ganser

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3.5/5 (4 avaliações)
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14 horas
Editora:
Lançado em:
Nov 26, 2019
ISBN:
9781541434240
Formato:
Audiolivro

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December 7 is "the date which will live in infamy." But now Japan is hatching another, far greater plan to bring America to its knees . . .

The Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was a resounding success—except for one detail: a second bombing mission, to destroy crucial oil storage facilities, was aborted that day. Now, in this gripping and stunning work of alternate history, Robert Conroy reimagines December 7, 1941, to include the attack the Japanese didn't launch, and what follows is a thrilling tale of war, resistance, sacrifice, and courage. For when Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto sees how badly the United States has been ravaged in a two-pronged strike, he devises another, more daring proposal: an all-out invasion of Hawaii to put a stranglehold on the American Pacific Fleet.

Yamamoto's strategy works brilliantly-at first. But a handful of American soldiers and a determined civilian resistance fight back in the face of cruelty unknown in Western warfare. Stateside, a counterassault is planned and the pioneering MIT-trained aviator Colonel Jimmy Doolittle is given a near-impossible mission with a fleet of seaplanes jury-rigged into bombers. From spies to ordinary heroes and those caught between two cultures at war, this is the epic saga of the Battle of Hawaii-the way it very nearly was . . .

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Lançado em:
Nov 26, 2019
ISBN:
9781541434240
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  • (1/5)
    Robert Conroy’s latest book begins with a premise familiar to fans of alternate history: an extended attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 that not only cripples the U.S. Pacific Fleet, but destroys the fuel bunkers and drydocks as well. Unable to maintain its fleet, the bulk of the U.S. Navy withdraws, leaving the Hawaiian Islands vulnerable to a hastily-assembled Japanese invasion. Their forces quickly conquer the poorly defended island, but the Japanese soon find themselves facing an organized guerrilla movement and an angry America determined to take the islands back.

    This is Conroy’s fourth alternate history novel, and its structure is similar to those of his earlier works. The story is told through the experiences of a series of characters (most of them fictional), with events moving more rapidly towards what is nonetheless an outcome similar to that of the actual history. It’s an entertaining book, yet one which suffers by comparison with Harry Turtledove’s “Days of Infamy” series, which developed a similar premise into a much richer portrait of a Japanese-occupied Hawaii. Conroy posits a different set of events, but his characters are not as well developed and the pacing feels far more rushed, both of which cost his novel a degree of verisimilitude that is one of the great strengths of Turtledove’s work.

    Ultimately, while not as good as his last novel, , Conroy’s book is a solid entry in the alternate history field, one that shares the strengths and weaknesses of his earlier novels. Nitpickers will find a fair share of flaws, many of which are likely problems with editing rather than research and few of which detract from enjoying the work overall. For its plot, Conroy’s postulations on events, and its satisfying conclusion, this is a book that fans of the genre will enjoy.
  • (5/5)
    I like Conroy every bit as much as Harry Turtledove. This was a great book that entertained me and kept me reading.
  • (3/5)
    What if the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had made one more pass and taken out the fuel storage tanks? Would they then have invaded Hawaii? How could the US have responded? What would have happened to the Hawaiians? What would have been the long-range effects on the war?Conroy makes a novel out of these speculations. Not as good as his novel of the invasion of Japan, 1945, or his brilliant 1901, about a German invasion of New York that never was, but a good read for military history and alternate history buffs.