The Hot War

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Random House, Inc.
In the final book of the blistering trilogy The Hot War, old hatreds and new chances for revenge are unleashed on an already devastated world—as the Cold War becomes a roaring inferno.

In 1952 American cities lie in ruins. President Harry Truman, in office since 1945, presides over a makeshift government in Philadelphia, suffering his own personal loss and fearing for the future of democracy. In the wake of Hitler’s reign, Germany and America have become allies, and Stalin’s vise hold on power in the USSR persists. Unwilling to trust the Soviet tyrant, Truman launches a long-planned nuclear strike on the city of Omsk—killing Stalin and plunging the Red Army into leaderless, destructive anarchy. Meanwhile, the Baltic states careen toward rebellion, and Poland is seized by rebels bred on war. In a world awash with victims turned victors, refugees, and killers, has Truman struck a blow for peace or fueled more chaos?
As these staggering events unfold, the lives of men and women across battle lines, ethnicities, and religions play out around the globe. In Los Angeles, an extended Jewish family builds a future, while the foul smell of a refugee camp in Santa Monica blows in on the ocean breeze. In Korea, a U.S. fighter struggles to bring his Korean interpreter stateside as a full American. In Siberia, two German women fight for their survival in a gulag—and begin a strange, harrowing journey home.
From the terrifying global chess match between superpowers to the strength of individual human conscience, Armistice captures a world that’s been split to its core by the violence only mankind can create. Through the thunder of battle, the clashes of armies, and the whispers of lovers, how humanity will be rebuilt, and who will do it, are the questions that resound in this marvelous work of imagination and history.

Praise for Armistice

“The story’s focus remains on ordinary characters and how they cope with their particular circumstances. . . . Readers who savor the patient accumulation of detail around each scenario will by now be thoroughly addicted.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The series is entertaining and explores life on the razor’s edge.”SFRevu

Baker & Taylor
In 1952, with American cities in ruins and the Soviet Union plunged into anarchy after a nuclear strike, ordinary citizens attempt to rebuild a world destroyed by violence and at the mercy of global superpowers.

& Taylor

A conclusion to the trilogy set in a mid-20th-century alternate universe reimagines humanity's attempts to rebuild in the aftermath of a devastating nuclear war. By the Hugo Award-winning author of the War That Came Early series.
"Set in an alternate 1950s in which General MacArthur ignites a nuclear war that nearly destroys the planet. The third and final installment in the series that began with Bombs Away and continued with Fallout"--

Publisher: New York :, Del Rey,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780553390766
Characteristics: 430 pages ; 25 cm


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May 01, 2018

A bit of a let down as a conclusion. Turtledove's approach (e.g., switching between characters, tedious repetition of material an observations) has gotten formulaic and it is resulting in bloated series. This entire trilogy could have been boiled down into one 400-page book and would have been a better story for the editing. This wasn't as bad as the dead-boring Super Volcano series, but it was close. This is probably the last Turtledove I bother with, which is too bad.

Sep 21, 2017

A solid and surprisingly reasonable ending to the Cold-War-turned-Hot trilogy. My only complaint was the the war ends 2/3rds of the way into the book. The rest of the story revolves around the civilians, almost entirely the American ones. It was more than a bit boring, and I couldn't help wanting to learn more about what the survivors in Europe were doing. Especially those in the Soviet satellite nations. There's enough story and interesting characters left to write an entire book on what happens after in Eastern Europe.


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