As 1945 grinds on and the war in Europe draws to its bloody close, the Allied forces look warily at the post-war world and at each other. Once the war is over, who will control Berlin, and the future? Ben Bova boldly revises history in this compelling novel that tells of a covert operation against Stalin. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
The prolific SF author of the Voyagers series suggests what might have happened at the end of WW II if Stalin had died and Roosevelt had lived. In Bova's scenario, Winston Churchill presents Joseph Stalin with a ceremonial sword at the 1943 conference in Tehran. Fearing a Soviet attempt to dominate Europe once Germany is defeated, and loathing Stalin as a dictator worse than Hitler, Churchill slips a piece of plutonium into the sword, dooming Stalin to death by radiation poisoning. Further, FDR has given up smoking, thus preventing the stroke that in reality caused his death toward the end of the war. And so a radically different postwar Europe comes into being. Featuring Eisenhower, Patton and other known figures, and covering the 30 days of April 1945, this tale had potential. Written in functional, mechanical prose and devoid of narrative drive, it seems less a work of fiction than facile historical speculation. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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February 15, 1994
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