Rising Sun

Rising Sun

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By the author of breakout WW II era alternate history Himmler's War, another compelling alternate history thriller . With an American loss at the Battle of Midway, Japan runs rampant in the Pacific.

It is the summer of 1942 and what our historians have called the Incredible Victory in the Battle of Midway has become a horrendous disaster in this world. Two of America's handful of carriers in the Pacific have blundered into a Japanese submarine picket line and have been sunk, while a third is destroyed the next day. The United States has only one carrier remaining in the Pacific against nine Japanese, while the ragtag remnants of U.S. battleships - an armada still reeling from the defeat at Pearl Harbor - are in even worse shape.

Now the Pacific belongs to the Japanese. And it doesn't stop there, as Japan has thrust her sword in to the hilt. Alaska is invaded. Hawaii is under blockade. The Panama Canal is nearly plugged. Worst of all, the West Coast of America is ripe for destruction as bombers of the Empire of the Sun bombard west coast American cities at will.

Despite these disasters, the U.S. begins to fight back. Limited counterattacks are made and a grand plan is put forth to lure the Japanese into an ambush that could restore the balance in the Pacific and give the forces of freedom a fighting chance once more.

About Rising Sun :
"Conroy extrapolates a new and militarily plausible direction for WWII . . . A thrilling adventure."-- Booklist

About Himmler's War :
"[Conroy] adds a personal touch to alternate history by describing events through the eyes of fictional characters serving on the front lines. VERDICT: Historical accuracy in the midst of creative speculation makes this piece of alternate history believable."- Library Journal

About Red Inferno: 1945
"An ensemble cast of fictional characters. . . and historical figures powers the meticulously researched story line with diverse accounts of the horrors of war, making this an appealing read for fans of history and alternate history alike."-- Publishers Weekly

"[E]ngrossing and grimly plausible. . .the suspense holds up literally to the last page."-- Booklist

About 1945:
" moving and thought-provoking . . ."-- Publishers Weekly

"Realistic . . ."-- Booklist

About 1942 :
". . .fans of Tom Clancy and Agent Jack Bauer should find a lot to like here."-- Publishers Weekly

"A significant writer of alternate history turns here to the popular topic of Pearl Harbor, producing. . . this rousing historical action tale."-- Booklist

"A high-explosive what-if, with full-blooded characters."--John Birmingham, bestselling author of Without Warning

About 1901:
". . . cleverly conceived. . .Conroy tells a solid what-if historical."-- Publishers Weekly

". . . likely to please both military history and alternative history buffs."-- Booklist

Comprehensive Teacher's Guide available.
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen, c2012
ISBN: 9781476736143
Branch Call Number: CONRO
Characteristics: 502 p


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Sep 11, 2013

Nothing is certain in life, except, of course, death.

Sep 11, 2013

Killing the helpless was not the way of the warrior.

Sep 11, 2013

The fruits of war are tumbling into our mouths almost too quickly.


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Dec 10, 2017

An interesting concept, but I soon grew tired of the Japanese laughing as they attacked the Americans. Maybe they did, but it's stereotyping.

Mar 25, 2016

A thrilling depiction of how the Pacific War could have unfolded had a picket line of Japanese submarines encountered the American fleet on its way to the Battle of Midway. While the logistics of some of the military operations depicted require a moderate suspension of disbelief by the reader, this book will definitely be engrossing for anyone who is a fan of the alternative history genre.

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