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The Day After Gettysburg by Robert Conroy
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The Day After Gettysburg (edition 2018)

by Robert Conroy (Author)

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Robert Conroy was known for his alternate history military fiction. This is his final novel, completed after his death by J. R. Dunn. Unfortunately, it is not up to his usual standards. Conroy's characterizations are always fairly sketchy, but usually the plotting and action makes up for it. Not so here.

In our reality, after Gettysburg, Lee's Army of Northern Virginia was pushed back across the Potomac in defeat. The Day After Gettysburg posits that he successfully counterattacked instead, remaining in Pennsylvania. The war then became a stalemate for some months, marked by guerrilla raids and minor clashes, until Grant was persuaded to take command of Union forces in the East. This does not make for a very exciting story. At least it avoids Confederate apologia and white-washing.

The writing is competent. Fans of the Civil War and of military what-ifs may find it somewhat interesting. But overall I cannot recommend this. ( )
  readinggeek451 | Jun 16, 2017 |
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"New Alternate History from a Master of the Form: Robert Conroy was an unalloyed master of alternate history. Now, J.R. Dunn completes one of his final novels. LEE STRIKES BACK! After a terrible setback at Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee does not retreat across the Potomac and his ultimate surrender at Appomattox. Instead, he turns the tables on Union General George Meade with a vicious counterattack that sets the Union Army on its heels. While Lee sets across Pennsylvania in a dazzling war of maneuver, a crazed actor closes in on President Abraham Lincoln. Standing in his way is Major Steve Thorne, a thoughtful lawyer-turned-soldier fighting for the Union and his own self-respect, and Cassandra Baird, a young woman whose courage is only surpassed by her determination to teach emancipated slaves to read and write, and so ensure their freedom. Opposing them is Colonel Corey Wade, a brave Confederate officer who is just as determined to fight to the death for his honor and that of his state. And, in the end, the fate of a nation may come down to a freed slave named Hadrian, a man with an iron resolve never to return to bondage. The time has come to strike a blow for liberty--or go down swinging! About Germanica: "Conroy captures the intricacies of WWII with an eye for historical nuance, and he crafts a believable alternate ending to the war. [T]he story is buoyed by Conroy's effective snapshot of the era."--Publishers Weekly "[A] gripping alternate World War II saga."--Library Journal 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"--… (more)

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