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Following the events described in Gray Tide in the East in which Kaiser Wilhelm made the decision to cancel the scheduled invasion of Belgium and to send his armies east against Russia, Germany has emerged from the ensuing conflict as a dominant power in the world. Britain and the United States have not yet been involved in war with Germany, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire is, as yet, intact.
Tidal Effects is an alternative history, following two major scenarios occurring in 1923 after the end of the Great European War. Firstly, US Intelligence has reported the likelihood that a major naval base is being constructed by Germany in the former French colony of Martinique. This, of course, would be intolerable, being so close to the coast of the USA, and diplomacy alone seems unlikely to resolve the issue. Secondly, Emperor Charles (Karl) I of Austria is facing unrest within the Empire and, worse, the persistent involvement of Germany in his affairs. The only way forward is to form an alliance with other powers not yet under Germany's influence, but with Austria's political and diplomatic infrastructure riddled with German agents and sympathizers, any such plan would be sabotaged before it started.
He needs to find someone who can meet with the heads of state without arousing suspicion, someone sympathetic to those opposing Germany's expansionist plans, and yet someone whose high-level meetings will not alert Germany to his true mission. There is just one man who might be able to do it....
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Imperial Germany 1920s
Set in a world we're Germany won World War one (the UK did not take part)
In this you see Germany trying to increase its power in the word you see it make a move in the Caribbean that makes the USA worry.
And in Europe the makes moves to try and control their Austrian allys both are great fun and very interesting.
Wow what an amazing alternative history.
Sometimes you come across a book you can't put down.
Well written and very plausible.
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Counterfactual history is always interesting. But the TATO Alliance?. Hitler as a German right wing agitator in the service of the Kaiser helping to separate Hungary from the Austro-Hungarian empire was mildly entertaining. The main problem is that author seemed just to pluck people out of history as if he were using a cookie cutter. The characters seemed wooden and fixed. The fictional characters seemed that way too, predictable.
The Story is passable but suffer from Hitlerum Stereotypica. Meaning a caricature, a type and very very one dimensional. It's as if the whole world cannot see the person of Hitler only what we expect him to be. The movie, Downfall comes the closest and is the best portrayal of what the man actually was like. There's always risk in making Hitler, a Man. It's not that one would be antisemitic, it's that if we acknowledge Hitler as part of the Human family that puts his behavior as part the spectrum and not outside of it. That scares everyone including myself.
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