Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. The compelling third volume (after Drive to the The Grapple (Settling Accounts) – Kindle edition by Harry Turtledove. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. The Grapple (Del Rey, ) is the third book in the Settling Accounts quarter, and is the penultimate volume of the overall Southern Victory series. Plot The. A profoundly thoughtful masterpiece of alternate history.” –Booklist It is , the third summer of the new war between the Confederate.

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You can find him online at his blog, Raritania, and email him here. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Since there are usually fifteen such threads, each following a major character and associated minor ones, the result is that most of his characters pop up for a few pages ths eighty pages or so. The increasing turtledkve of the narrative to the battlefield only enhances this, as characters do the same things over and over because they find themselves stuck in the same situations — something that Turtledove successfully avoided in his far more diverse coverage of the alternative First World War in the earlier volumes.

The greatest war of the twentieth century – fought this time in the heart of America – moves towards its blood-soaked climax. This is too little for the more hhe ones and too much for the less interesting characters, whose scenes often repeat familiar exposition and stock phrases as if to make sure that they reach their five-page quota.

Apr 28, Billy Roper rated it it was ok. To ask other readers questions about The Grappleplease sign up.

Turtledove’s alternate history of a century-long American civil war continues. The genre of this book is alternative history and it takes place in the time of WWII. In general, this book was another great read from Turtledove, and he continues to push forward his alternate version of WWII to it Settling Accounts: While the United States press on towards the Mississippi valley, Jake Featherston’s strategists in Richmond look for some way – any way – to slow down their inexorable advance.


Far from being morally spotless, U. Don’t expect to find too many heroic stories here. In particular, the rapid changes of scene keep the story moving along at a good pace, preventing even the slow patches from bogging the narrative down too much.

It frequently seems as if Turtledove is trying too hard to echo hrry way things played out in our own timeline—the South’s turn to rocketry, for example, is a too-obvious parallel to Germany’s development of the V Also by Harry Turtledove. At sea, the Imperial Japanese threat to the Sandwich Islands ends with a naval victory at Midwayand American forces retake that island.

The book was released in the United Kingdom on October 5, Irish and Serb uprisings continue, and the Ukraine remains a battleground for both sides. This is effective in telling multiple mini stories that will ultimately crisscross each other and add turtledobe the overall story of the USA and CSA.

Other than that great story.

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Sam Carstens, the mustang officer in the US Navy. Turtledove plays heady games with actual history, scattering object lessons and bitter ironies along the way.

In this stunning retelling of World War II, Harry Turtledove has created a blockbuster saga that is thrilling, troubling, and utterly compelling. One, he doesn’t sugar coat the way war is. Sep 26, Jesse rated it it was amazing Shelves: Second Contact Down to Earth Aftershocks.

Featherston replies with a defiant speech, and launches two long-range rockets from bases in Virginia onto Philadelphia. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

The Grapple (Settling Accounts, Book Three)

Yet while readers will find many of the same strengths that engaged them in the previous volumes, the weaknesses are there as well While the plot moves forward nicely, the individual episodes themselves have a rote and repetitive feel to them.


Angered with his generals, Featherston puts all his faith in “wonder weapons” to win the war. Will the United States try to occupy and “rehabilitate” the Confederacy tue the manner of Germany and Japan? Anyway, graapple to the conclusion. Close cookie policy overlay. It’s almost as fun to hunt for those “easter eggs”, as it is to read the story. No trivia or quizzes yet. Oct 12, Dave rated it it was ok.

Like all of Turtledove’s alternate history books, if it has a vrapple or a German accent, it’s a villain and must be destroyed. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I’ll finish them at 35 not quite a decade behind their being published! The Day After Gettysburg. Turtledove’s series is extremely ambitious, developing a detailed and global alternate history that has covered eighty years and six thousand pages to date.

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In Virginiaground fighting seems largely quiet, but both sides are able to launch air strikes against the other, although the Confederates are not able to launch attacks quite as often due to heavy losses.

You submitted the following rating and review. Mani Podcast read by: I want to see how it ends. Stars and Stripes in Peril. All material in Strange Horizons is copyrighted to the original authors and may not be reproduced without permission. The fate of both sides, though, may lie elsewhere. Prince of the North.

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