- Title: Stars and Stripes in Peril
- Author: Harry Harrison
- ISBN: 9780345409355
- Page: 150
- Format: Hardcover
In a war room in Washington, William Tecumseh Sherman and General Robert E Lee huddle together and plan their next, joint military operation In the jungles of Mexico, Ulysses S Grant is locked in brutal combat with the best of the British Army And in the heart of the new American South a fragile peace is threatened In the dazzling alternate history of Harry HarriIn a war room in Washington, William Tecumseh Sherman and General Robert E Lee huddle together and plan their next, joint military operation In the jungles of Mexico, Ulysses S Grant is locked in brutal combat with the best of the British Army And in the heart of the new American South a fragile peace is threatened In the dazzling alternate history of Harry Harrison, this is the world as it stands in 1863 Just three years before, a titanic Civil War loomed in America But an incident involving a British ship and two Confederate spies changed everything As Abraham Lincoln defied Britain s Lord Palmerston, tensions between the two nations boiled overaeand Her Majesty s Navy unleashed an attack on American soil aimed at bolstering the Confederate cause The results were catastrophic A stunned North and South put aside their differences and a new kind of war erupted, with Americans fighting side by side against the British on two fronts in the South and on the Canadian border Now, Britain has been defeated and America is struggling to keep its union togetheraeuntil another blow is struck It comes from Mexico, where elite units of Her Majesty s Armyaeincluding the famed Gurkha fightersaeare massing for a possible attack through Texas Into the gauntlet Lincoln sends his chosen angel of death, General Grant But the weary president knows that two centuries of British power will not be ended with a single battle So his top soldiers, including Lee and Sherman, plan the most daring naval invasion ever launched an assault on British soil itself And in a secret that must be protected by an underground army of spies and secret agents, the U.S will invade the EmeraldIsleaeto set the Irish free at last Filled with real characters on both sides of the conflict, Stars and Stripes in Peril is the new masterwork from one of our most provocative authors Harry Harrison brilliantly examines the machinations that drive our world, the choices that shape the future, and the people and passions that compose nations both great and small Venturing beyond a fascinating question of what if, Harrison shows how technology and world politics had the power to shape history s first great World Waraehalf a century before it began.
Recent Comments "Stars and Stripes in Peril"
I've enjoyed quite a few alternate history novels, including some by Harry Turtledove as well as S.M. Stirling. But many times I've been disappointed as well, because, no matter how interesting the hook is, no matter what tiny thing may happen to change history and launch a cool plot, it still comes down to good writing. A good novel still has to be a good story with well developed characters, etc.This novel, Stars & Stripes in Peril is the second in the "Stars and Stripes" trilogy by Harry [...]
Stars & Stripes in Peril is the follow up to Harrison's Stars & Stripes Forever in which the US and Confederacy mend fences in the middle of the Civil War to fight off the British who have invaded both. (Not a brilliant move on their part.)The PM and Queen, not to mention a ton of other Englishmen, are not happy at the loss and plot to once again attack the soft underbelly of the US in the gulf. Using the French control of Mexico as their excuse (must help our French buddies who we love [...]
In the first book, the United States saw off the British invasion of both the North and the South during the Civil War. Now, tensions continue to rise between the US and Britain, and the US believes Britain is planning an invasion of the US. The response? Let's take the war to the British and invade Ireland. Hmmm.The story revolves around the use of new weapons (rapid firing rifles, gatling guns, and ironclads) that have an attendant impact on how war is fought. In this case, because the America [...]
This one's the sequel to Stars and Stripes Forever". I read Peril because I had picked it up before I had obtained Forever. While I was unimpressed with Forever, I have a very hard time letting a book leave my reading stack without reading it, hence my reading and hence this review. It was more of the same, really. After the events of Forever, Britain has no intention of losing gracefully and so starts up shenanigans in Mexico. The United States responds down south, but also thinks about startin [...]
Picked this up in a bin a while back. This is an alternate history story where the British are intent on bringing the USA back as a colony. While this is the second book in a series the key change seems to be that the British made there attack during the civil war and attacked both sides. This common enemy united the north and south causing an interesting war situation to occur as the fragile forming USA becomes a formidable industrial nation focused on war.Not my usual taste but it was fun read [...]
This was the second book in the late author Harrison’s Stars and Stripes alternate history series. This book is well worth reading, and should be used as a great example in those writing seminars on SF. I fear that alternate history is often ignored as a possible book idea due to the massive amount of research necessary for proper preparation. Author Harrison was a master of the genre, and his talents are sorely missed.
I thought that this installment of the series was a bit better than the first, perhaps because the divergence from actual history (again based only on a small change from historical records initially) became greater. The second half of the book taking place in Ireland didn't hurt either!
The new U.S.-British war moves to the U.K where the newly-unified Americans exact revenge for the British attack on Charleston. Terrific stuff.
I only got through the first 44 pages. I think this is alternate history for the middle school and younger crowd.
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