FICTION / Alternative History

America Under Attack: An Alternative History Of World War Two

America Under Attack is a military thriller with influences of alternative history. Alternative history is similar to historical fiction, with the exception that at a crucial point, called the point of departure, the events of history as related in the story begin to depart from reality.
In America Under Attack, an historical event in 1936 is changed, altering the flow of events to come. In actual history, German Lieutenant General Walter Weaver was killed when he tried to takeoff in an airplane with its controls locked. In America, he lives, to be the successful proponent in Germany for the development and production of large, long range bombers.
Being able to reach deep into Britain with her bombers gives Germany the ability to drive the English airfields, factories, and harbor facilities away from English Channel. This greatly increases the difficulty of Britain and her ally, the United States, to defend and retaliate against their common enemy. The heavy German bombers help bring the Soviet Union to its knees as well.
As the range of German bombers increases, the long-time goal of Adolf Hitler to attack the US on its own soil creeps toward reality. An aeronautical genius, crippled in his body and suffering from dwarfism, embodies the antithesis of the German Uber-race ideal. Yet it is upon him that the German air force, the Luftwaffe, must depend to solve the many problems in flying across the Atlantic Ocean and returning.
In America, crack US Army Air Corps pilot Major Joel Knight has been stymied in his efforts to get into the war in Europe. Instead of combat, the Army has assigned him to a training base in New Jersey, teaching new pilots aerial gunnery.
Without warning, only 18 months after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor, German airplanes appear without warning in the skies over New York City. The surprise is complete, the damage devastating. More attacks are imminent. Joel is thrust into the desperate defense of America’s cities armed with obsolete airplanes and untested tactics.
He must somehow marshal the forces at his command to defend against an enemy with superior technology to protect the vital war industries and the nation’s capital.
When intelligence is discovered that the super-secret Atomic labs at Oak Ridge, Tennessee are being threatened, the unexpected aid of a beautiful school teacher gives him an edge.
Can he thwart the diabolical threats and hold off the seemingly unassailable German bombers long enough to bring America’s powerful production capabilities and technology into play? Read America Under Attack and see!

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Toru: Wayfarer Returns

A Japan that might have been... Revolutionary young samurai with dirigibles take on the West in this alternate history steampunk technofantasy set in 1850s samurai-era Japan.  In Japan of 1852, the peace imposed by the Tokugawa Shoguns has lasted 250 years. Peace has turned to stagnation, however, as the commoners grow impoverished and their lords restless. Swords rust. Martial values decay. Foreign barbarians circle the island nation’s closed borders like vultures, growing ever more demanding. Tōru, a shipwrecked young fisherman rescued by American traders and taken to America, defies the Shogun’s ban on returning to Japan, determined to save his homeland from foreign invasion. Can he rouse his countrymen in time? Or will the cruel Shogun carry out his vow to execute all who set foot in Japan after traveling abroad? Armed only with his will, a few books, dirigible plans and dangerous ideas, Tōru must transform the Emperor’s realm before the Black Ships come. Tōru: Wayfarer Returns is the first book in the Sakura Steam Series, an alternate history of the tumultuous period from the opening of Japan in 1853 to the Meiji Restoration in 1868. This volume covers the year prior to the American Commodore Perry’s arrival in Japan and follows the hero and his young allies as they lead Japan through a massively compressed industrial revolution, dramatically altering that pivotal moment in history. While Tōru and his dirigibles are fictional, the story unfolds against the backdrop of the "real" Japan of that period, with historical figures and their political environment woven into the tale, staying true to their motivations and agendas even as the alternate history warps their actions, history and a few laws of physics. Underpinning the adventure plot is a young man's yearning for his father's approval and an honorable place in the world. Readers who enjoy steampunk alternate histories more typically set in Victorian England or the American Wild West may enjoy this steampunk story made fresh by the Japanese samurai setting, as well as readers who enjoy historical fiction set in Japan. 

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Torpedo Junction: Rommel the Ocean Fox in the Pacific

In November, 1941, Commander Anson McDonald is suddenly transferred from a career in destroyers to a senior staff position in a carrier task force—just in time to be plunged into the U.S. Navy’s most desperate war. In this tale of what-if, he learns things he never knew about leadership as he assists his C.O., Rear-Admiral Erwin Rommel, the Ocean Fox, in dramatically changing the scenes of World War II’s Pacific Theater.

An engaging read for armchair admirals, WWII and aviation buffs, and fans of alternative history.

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