The Man With the Iron Heart

The Man With the Iron Heart

Book - 2008
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What if V-E Day didn't end World War II in Europe? What if, instead, the Allies had to face a potent, even fanatical, postwar Nazi resistance led by SS Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, the notorious Man with the Iron Heart? How might today's clash of troops versus terrorists have played out in 1945?
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, c2008.
ISBN: 9780345504340
Characteristics: 532 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jan 20, 2019

Interesting premise and competent plotting marred by mediocre writing. The characters are cookie-cutter (e.g., foul-mouthed Russian fearful of showing initiative, American whose German is Yiddish-inflected, underchallenged housewife), the prose is repetitive and too expository, and the action is boring (even the exciting parts were boring--zero tension). Women hardly feature except as sexual props. Overall, not really worthwhile and I rushed through the last 100 pages just to get it over with.

Apr 16, 2016

Not sure if the manuscript was proofread with more than MS Word (yeah, I'm nit-picking), but it is an enjoyable read and very obviously a commentary on the War Against Terror.
The plot is well constructed and very believable. The dialogue is pretty crisp, filthy in some places, but it fits a bunch of mid-grade officers who have seen horrors and want to keep them from returning.
It's not a terribly profound book, but the author tries hard to show different POV's fairly and there is nothing absurd or ridiculous about anything that was written.
It's certainly good enough to make me check out more of Turtledove's work.

Dec 12, 2011

Fun read what-if story that has Reinhard Heydrich surviving his assassination attempt by Czechs and ends up running the resistance after World War 2 ends, paralleling US occupation of modern day Iraq.

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