Down to Earth

eBook - 2002
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In 1942 Hitler led the world's most savage military machine. Stalin ruled Russia, while America was just beginning to show its strength in World War II. Then, in Harry Turtledove's brilliantly imagined Worldwar saga, an alien invasion changed everything: alliances, technology, commerce, and--most of all--the nature of life and death. Nuclear destruction engulfed some of Earth's great cities, and the invaders claimed half the planet before an uneasy peace could be achieved.

Colonization takes us into the tumultuous 1960s, as the reptilian Race ponders its uneasy future on the planet it calls Tosev 3. The United States has prospered since the war, and has sent a manned spaceship deep into space. On the other side of the globe, the German Reich remains bloodied but unbowed, brandishing a frightening new weapon and always poised for war. China strains under alien occupation, and from Poland to Jerusalem, Jews must choose between aiding the Race or the Reich. Now, the invaders have been joined by their colonization fleet--millions of newcomers who seek to incorporate our world into their far-flung empire.

A violent black market erupts around ginger--the one substance that deprives the alien colonists of their ability to reason--and a new war threatens, one even deadlier than the last. The clamoring, bellicose tribes of Earth form new alliances and play dangerous games of diplomacy, but the ultimate power broker will be the Race itself. For the colonists have one option no human can ignore. With a vast, ancient empire already in place, the Race has the power to annihilate every living being on Tosev 3 . . .

In Colonization: Down to Earth, Harry Turtledove continues the breathtaking tale that has established him as one of alternate history's leading practitioners. Populated by a cast that includes the famous, from Khomeni to Himmler, and the unknown--drug smugglers, soldiers, and lovers--this novel continues the excitement of Colonization: Second Contact, and weaves a spectacular tale of tyranny and freedom, destruction and hope.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [New York] : Ballantine Books, 2002.
ISBN: 9780345453662
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.
Alternative Title: Down to earth


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Sep 08, 2017

Aliens invading Earth in middle of WWII great premise.
Humans get technological upgrades thanks to Ginger smuggling to aliens.
Book cover obvious giveaway.

Dec 16, 2011

One of the best books in Harry Turtledove's Colonization trilogy (and preceding Worldwar 4 book series). The last 2 books set up much of the action in this book. And even though many of the characters have been around for 6 books now, it still seems fresh and the alternative history universe he has created with an alien invasion during WWII (and now 25 years later) is so compelling and I can't stop reading. Going to be sad when these are finished!

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