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"Good, interesting, alternative drama"
am 15. Juni 2000
The original 4-book series was awesome. Aliens invading Earth during WWII. Great concept! Now it's 20 years later with Earth (or Tosev 3) divided under Race and human rule. On top of that, the alien colonization fleet arrives. Not as much action as in the first book, but Turtledove does a great job showing how humans and aliens are trying to co-exist, and how each one is influencing the other. Ginger, which is like cocaine to the Race, plays a very big part in the story, especially with the newly arrived female aliens. Very good job showing the friction between aliens of the conquest fleet, who've seen the horrors of war and dealth with humans for 20 years, and the colonists, who have no understanding of humans and view their soldiers as failures. And kudos to Turtledove for not making the Race your typical, malevolent alien conquerers. In the Race-ruled countries, humans pretty much go about their business and the aliens are even educating them (though this is to make them better citizens of the Empire). Excellent character development. Plenty of old and new faces, including historical ones. Love watching men like V. Molotov, Earl Warren, General Le May and Adolf Eichman deal with an Earth full of reptilian invaders. Lots of suspense revolving around the destruction of some colonization ships and the U.S. space station. Looking forward to the next book.