As the butterfly effect of history rimples away from the turning point, plausibility is raised until the South rises again to fight on Germany's behalf in WWI. The turning point is a military coup against Hirohito - it wouldn't have been the first time, cfr. The historical characters are spot on as well : I cannot speak for Truman and whether general Homma of the Bataan Death March is potrayed too humanely is a point of contention, but Douglas MacArthur reads as much as home invading the Home Islands as he was administering them. The fictional characters, as always, flavour history with human interest on both sides of the invasion. Sometime in the future, some scholar or military historian might want to find out more about the otherwise insignificant man who had struck..."
The history of WWII is so fascinating why would anyone want to read a "what if" book? There are several reasons why this is a 5 star read for me.....they are: +the author cleverly melds actual military leaders with fictitious ones in a seamless manner even though some of the Japanese war criminals, such as Homma of the infamous Bataan Death March, are given a rather different role.
I really feel like the editor said "It's alt-history, who cares if it's badly edited, these morons will read anything." So am I a moron for reading it? With a successful Kyujo Incident as his point of departure, Conroy spins a believeable history right up until his characters become a bit too involved.
Not only did he think of what would happen he made it work with real history, Robert Conroy is an impressive author who has shown that with this novel.
What if Japan hadn't surrendered in World War II? Japanese fanatics take control of the government when Emperor Hirohito tries to surrender after the two atomic bombs are dropped.
According to Conroy's book, had a key general -- General Anami-- decided to oppose the Emperor's decision & support a coup against him, Japan would have fought on with horrific results.
This is the question posed by Robert Conroy in his book 1945.
Many reports indicate that there were some in Japan's military who would have preferred to continue fighting, regardless of the cost. Robert Conroy's "1945," is an alternative history novel that speculates what might have happened had this attempted coup succeeded only hours after Japan had already announced her surrender. Conroy switches his point of view from chapter to chapter, so the reader can see the thought processes of Japanese and American generals, admirals, statesmen and political leaders, as well as those who were fighting on the front lines. I enjoyed it so much, in fact, that I have now started reading Conroy's "1942," which postulates what could have happened if the Japanese navy had launched another follow up attack on Pearl Harbor in December, 1941, further crippling America's armed forces in the Pacific.
By the time Conroy wrote this book, the myth of Hirohito as a peace-loving puppet of the Imperial Army had already been pretty decisively debunked.
A highly engrossing, fast-paced, and eminently readable alternate history novel about a nightmarish scenario in which Imperial Japan does *not* surrender subsequent to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, thanks to a successful coup against Emperor Hirohito by obstinate Bushido-obsessed Japanese military officers.....thus necessitating an extremely bloody (for both sides) American land invasion of the Japanese home islands (starting at Kyushu). Author Robert Conroy skillfully blends real-world historical figures (Hirohito, MacArthur, Truman, Bradley, Halsey, Nimitz.) with fictitious ones (babyface 2T Paul Morrell, one-armed Japanese-American and former Army SGT turned OSS spy Joe Nomura). My only nitpick (besides the ones noted in my stream-of-consciousness notes below) is that while Conroy does the battle scenes quite well, his writing style doesn't quite convey the horrors of war in as horrific or nightmarish a fashion as that of a more well-known alternate history author, that being Harry Turtledove. RANDOM STREAM-OF-CONSCIOUSNESS NOTES: --p.
Robert Conroy was a best selling author of alternate history novels. After discovering that Kaiser Wilhelm had plans to invade the U.S., he wrote his first alternate history, 1901 in which the invasion took place.