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Great story, easy read. ( )
  normnunnally | Nov 2, 2010 |
I was only moderately impressed with "Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8, 1941," the first title in Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen's alternative-history series about World War 2 in the Pacific. While the action scenes weren't bad, the character development wasn't great and an awful lot of time was spent with characters sitting in rooms talking about Chinese politics and other back-story matters.

"Days of Infamy," on the other hand, doesn't have that problem. The first 170 pages or so are one sustained battle scene, and following a brief lull in the action, most of the rest of the book is too. Unlike "Pearl Harbor," where the point at which the authors' fiction deviated from fact may have been obscure to people not familiar with the details of the attack, the events of "Days of Infamy" (as distinct from many of the characters) are fictional from start to finish. The authors are thus free to create a compelling, even engrossing, story. Certainly, I was pulled in right away, and read the whole volume cover to cover in just a few hours this weekend.

Although the authors did a better job with character development this time than in the first book, this series really is not "about" the men and women in any significant way. They are war stories painted on a very large canvas. And now that Gingrich and Forstchen have defined their alternate -- though still very plausible (no time-travel or anachronistic weapons) -- world, they're free to pull out the stops and let the guns roar. I still don't believe the series will displace Wouk, say, among the great novels of the second world war, but for an exciting ride for a few hours on a weekend, they're not bad at all. ( )
  Cascadian | Jun 28, 2009 |
A great continuation of the storyline laid down in Pearl Harbor. Very interesting "what if" book. ( )
  dswaddell | Jun 26, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312363516, Hardcover)

“Absolutely brilliant! Fast paced and filled with tension and suspense. Every page resonates with the momentous events and great personalities of World War II – and scenes so carefully crafted you feel like you’re there. This is a ‘must read’ for all who look at history and wonder: “What if…” -- Oliver North, Lt. Col., USMC (Ret.), host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel

In 2007, bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen launched a new epic adventure series about World War II in the Pacific, with their book Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8th, 1941, which instantly rocketed to the New York Times bestseller list.

Gingrich and Forstchen’s now critically acclaimed approach, which they term “active history,” examines how a change in but one decision might have profoundly altered American history. In Pearl Harbor they explored how history might have been changed if Admiral Yamamoto had directly led the attack on that fateful day, instead of remaining in Japan. Building on that promise, Days of Infamy starts minutes after the close of Pearl Harbor, as both sides react to the monumental events triggered by the presence of Admiral Yamamoto. In direct command of the six carriers of the attacking fleet, Yamamoto decides to launch a fateful “third-wave attack” on the island of Oahu, and then keeps his fleet in the area to hunt down the surviving American aircraft carriers, which by luck and fate were not anchored in the harbor on that day.

Historians have often speculated about what might have transpired from legendary “matchups” of great generals and admirals. In this story of the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, the notorious gambler Yamamoto is pitted against the equally legendary American admiral Bill Halsey in a battle of wits, nerve, and skill.
Days of Infamy recounts this alternative history from a multitude of viewpoints---from President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, and the two great admirals, on down to American pilots flying antiquated aircraft, bravely facing the vastly superior Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft. Gingrich and Forstchen have written a sequel that’s as much a homage to the survivors of the real Pearl Harbor attack as it is an imaginative and thrilling take on America’s entry into World War II.

Praise for the first book in the Pacific War Series, Pearl Harbor:

"A thrilling tale of American's darkest day."
--W.E.B. Griffin

"Masterful storytelling that not only captures the heroic highs and hellish lows of that horrific day which lives on in infamy--it resonates with today's conflicts and challeneges."
--William E. Butterworth IV, New York Times bestselling author of The Saboteurs

"A politician and a novelist, each an accomplished historian in his own right, are emerging as  master authors of alternative history.  In this “what if” treatment of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen combine their talents to make the diplomacy as suspenseful as the combat, even for readers who know what happens next–or think they know."
--Dennis Showalter, former president of the Society of Military Historians

"This book is not only a great read, it is a fascinating historical story that applies today in Iraq as it did in the Western Pacific in the late 30s and 40s."
--Captain Alex Fraser, USN (Ret.)

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Admiral Yamamoto struggles with the discovery that his government failed to formally declare war on America prior to the Pearl Harbor attack, while Admiral Halsey prepares for a decisive counter-strike.

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