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Alternate History Books


Welcome to Alternate History Books, the site about alternate history and counterfactuals.

Ever wanted to know what might have happened if history had turned out differently? On this web site, we review books about alternate history - events that might have been that weren't.
  • Some of the books contain serious historical studies of what might have been if leaders of the past had made different decisions or luck had not influenced historical events in a particular way.

  • Other books that we look at, include novels or short stories - sometimes these books involve realistic changes to history that could have happened, but didn't - whereas in other cases, they involve fantastic elements such as time travel or travel between parallel worlds, dinosaurs or even or vampires.
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THE KNIGHT'S GAMBIT: The Alternate History Novel of the Battleship TIRPITZ and Convoy PQ17. (The Malta Fulcrum WW2 Alternate History Series)

By Scott Ward

Released: 2016-09-10
Kindle Edition (274 pages)

THE KNIGHT S GAMBIT: The Alternate History Novel of the Battleship TIRPITZ and Convoy PQ17. (The Malta Fulcrum WW2 Alternate History Series)
 
Product Description:
"THE KNIGHT'S GAMBIT" is the alternate history novel of the German battleship Tirpitz, Allied convoy PQ17 and the Battle of Bear Island. In Book 1 of the Malta Fulcrum Alternate History Series, "OPERATION HERKULES", the Axis powers have seized the Mediterranean island of Malta in a daring airborne operation, mauling the British Royal Navy in the process. With his supply lines secured, Field Marshall Rommel and his famed Afrika Korp set their sights on Cairo and the Suez Canal in Egypt.
Now the western Allies are determined to avenge the Malta defeat and recapture the strategic initiative by delivering desperately needed Lend-Lease supplies to the Soviet Union with convoy PQ17. The Germans are just as determined to stop them. Tirpitz sails to destroy the convoy. But the Allied battleships HMS Duke of York and USS Washington have set a trap for Tirpitz, and the men and ships of PQ17 are the bait! The chessboard is set for the largest fleet action of the European war!

Stalin's Hammer. A Novel of the Axis of Time: Includes the entire Rome, Cairo and Paris Sequence

By John Birmingham

Pronoun
Released: 2017-01-23
Kindle Edition (379 pages)

Stalin s Hammer. A Novel of the Axis of Time: Includes the entire Rome, Cairo and Paris Sequence
 
Product Description:
“Birmingham sets new standards in alternate history, time travel, and sheer dancing-on-the-edge-of-the lava gonzo inventiveness. Solid and wild at the same time.” – S.M. Stirling, author of Dies the Fire

Ten years have passed since Admiral Kolhammer’s 21st century battlefleet was dragged into a wormhole and thrown across oceans of time, emerging with disastrous consequences and shattering the history of the Second World War.
Hitler and the Nazis have fallen, but Stalin rules half of Europe and Asia. The great Soviet engines of state power turn and burn to ‘set history right’. Not just of the war, but of all future time.
In Rome with his lover Julia Duffy, an older, mellower Prince Harry is drawn into Stalin’s plans when a simple game of spies goes horribly wrong. Underneath the eternal city, former Spetsnaz officer Pavel Ivanov fights a running battle with the NKVD’s executioner-in-chief as Stalin’s minions fight to preserve the secret of a weapon that could destroy the West with one, fearsome blow.
Moving from Rome to Paris to Cairo, Harry and the uptimers must fight a shadow war against the communist superstate and the suspicion and prejudices of their forebears. They can save world, but world does not want saving by the likes of them.

“A weapons-grade military techno-thriller... It’s like a Clive Cussler novel fell into a transporter beam with a Stephen Ambrose history, and they came out all fused together.” - Time magazine, on the original Axis of Time series.

Moskau (an Alternate History novel)

By G. Zotov

Magic Dome Books
Released: 2016-10-20
Kindle Edition (270 pages)

Moskau (an Alternate History novel)
 
Product Description:
The 21-century SS Sturmbannführer Loktev embarks on a crazy and impossible mission. Whole areas of planet Earth have begun to disappear, revealing portals to other realities and filling the world with the identities of long-dead people. A “trigger agent” of the disaster is on the loose in a world ruled by the victorious allies Germany and Japan. If Loktev doesn’t stop the looming catastrophe, the Nazis might regret they won the war back in 1941.

From Russia’s bestselling science fiction author G. Zotov comes a book which is equal parts alternative history, dystopia and satire. Lovers of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle will appreciate the author’s dry black humor and psychedelic imagination which rule the streets of a post-apocalyptic Nazi-controlled Moscow.

The Three Eagles: A 'What If?' Novel of the U.S.A., Mexico and the First World War

By Alexander Rooksmoor

A.R.C. Rooksmoor
Released: 2017-02-09
Kindle Edition (385 pages)

The Three Eagles: A  What If?  Novel of the U.S.A., Mexico and the First World War
 
Product Description:
NOTE: This book is a well-rounded alternate history novel which means it looks at the impact of a different history on the lives of a number of characters. Consequently it is more like a book by Harry Turtledove rather than a book by Peter Tsouras. While it involves some battle scenes, this is not a book simply of military action that just lists various units and how they might have fought against each other. If you are looking simply for a book outlining alternative battles then this book is not for you. If you want an actual novel about the Americas in an alternate early 20th century, then it will be of interest.

The novel is in three sections. If this format is not to your taste, please do not buy the book.


It took 23 months from the sinking of the ‘Lusitania’ and the resumption of German submarine attacks on US shipping for the third time, before the USA entered the First World War. Meanwhile, in 1914 US marines had been sent to occupy locations in Mexico and in 1916 the so-called Punitive Expedition, a small-scale invasion of Mexico was launched by American forces to chase after revolutionaries. It only needed very minimal differences for the USA never to have entered the First World War and instead to have been drawn into a sustained war in Mexico. Drawing on US plans of the time, this book looks at what might have happened both within the Americas and across the world if this had occurred.

The book is in three sections set in 1917, 1920 and 1923. It features the adventures of a soldier, a spy and a pilot as they deal with the situations that have been thrown up by the decisions of the US President. Having just about won the war, the Germans seek to extend their influence in Mexico as a stepping stone for a global belt of control running from the Caribbean around to Pacific Islands. Those concerned are not simply politicians and commanders but also businesses seeking to exploit or being excluded from the Mexican economy and from the regions the forces, backed by German arms and troops, have occupied.

Alexander Rooksmoor has been writing alternate history fiction for over twenty years, based on a career researching and teaching history. In this full length novel he shows how a small change could have led to a different outcome for the First World War and the ripples this would have had across North America and the wider world. While filling the book with carefully-considered ‘what if?’ developments, he also provides rich characters to engage with, as they work to survive the challenges of this alternate history and to ensure that the USA is not left at a detriment as a result of the decision taken in 1917.

The Warriors (A World War II Thriller - Book 1)

By Gary Naiman

Fideli Publishing Inc.
Released: 2015-10-12
Kindle Edition (394 pages)

The Warriors (A World War II Thriller - Book 1)
 
Product Description:
The most important battle of World War II was fought three months before the war began . . .

It is 1939 -- A Nazi aircraft has crashed on a Far Eastern mountain, its cargo, twenty-five lead canisters. With the world at the brink of war, four tormented strangers are drawn to that mountain by mysterious intertwined events. The Spanish missionary flees his nation's civil war. The Hindu mystic scours the Himalaya for his sister's murderers. The American reporter hunts the Axis document that killed her journalist husband. The British mountaineer craves a final shot at the peak that disgraced him. Driven by their bitter pasts and a desperate spy, they converge on Mt. Kanchenjunga, unaware that two flights of Japanese imperial marines are closing from the east with orders to retrieve the plane's cargo at all costs, for its radioactive light will determine the victor of a war not yet started.

Book Two "The Battle" is now available on Kindle.

Gary Naiman has written thirteen novels. His background includes twenty years at Paramount Pictures. One of his books is being considered for a motion picture.

Athenian Steel: Prelude to Hellennium (The Hellennium Book 0)

By P.K. Lentz

Released: 2017-01-07
Kindle Edition (94 pages)

Athenian Steel: Prelude to Hellennium (The Hellennium Book 0)
 
Product Description:
Greece, 425 BCE. A woman's body washes ashore on the barren island of Sphakteria in the harbor of Pylos, where a Spartan force sits besieged by the Athenian general Demosthenes. The Spartans' fate is sealed. Or is it? When the dead woman springs to life, more than just one battle's outcome is thrown into doubt. A war set to drag on for another generation might be ended swiftly instead, with victory granted to the side which dares to wield a weapon fallen from the stars, a weapon with a mind and plans of its own. A living weapon: Thalassia. 

This novella-length work serves as the starting point for The Hellennium. It is included in the full-length novel Athenian Steel. Thus, if you already have Athenian Steel you have the contents of this title, Prelude to Hellennium.

The Hellennium is a centuries-spanning epic that will appeal to readers of Gene Wolfe, David Gemmell, David Drake, Michael Moorcock, & other classic SF/Fantasy authors of the 1970's to 1990's. Fans of Bernard Cornwell, Michael Curtis Ford, Steven Pressfield and similar will also find plenty to enjoy if they don't mind touches of cosmic SF, dark humor, and sex in their military historical fiction. Join Demosthenes and Thalassia as they blaze a trail of slaughter and ruin down the centuries.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This series depicts the ancient world in a frank and explicit manner, including graphic scenes of sexuality and violence. For a more lighthearted and cosmic adventure, try the companion series which begins with Death to the Witch-Queen!

V-S Day: A Novel of Alternate History

By Allen Steele

Ace
Released: 2014-02-04
Hardcover (320 pages)

V-S Day: A Novel of Alternate History
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With a gift for visionary fiction that “would make Robert A. Heinlein proud” (Entertainment Weekly) three-time Hugo Award-winning author Allen Steele now imagines an alternate history rooted in an actual historical possibility: what if the race to space had occurred in the early days of WWII?
 
It's 1941, and Wernher von Braun is ordered by his Fuehrer to abandon the V2 rocket and turn German resources in a daring new direction: construction of a manned orbital spacecraft capable of attacking the U.S. Work on the rocket—called Silbervogel—begins at Peenemunde. Though it is top secret, British intelligence discovers the plan, and brings word to Franklin Roosevelt. The American President determines that there is only one logical response: the U.S. must build a spacecraft capable of intercepting Silbervogel and destroying it. Robert Goddard, inventor of the liquid-fuel rocket, agrees to head the classified project.

So begins a race against time—between two secret military programs and two brilliant scientists whose high-stakes competition will spiral into a deadly game of political intrigue and unforeseen catastrophes played to the death in the brutal skies above America.

From the Ashes: An Alternate History Novel

By Sandra Saidak

Uffington Horse Press
Released: 2015-07-13
Kindle Edition (338 pages)

From the Ashes: An Alternate History Novel
 
Product Description:
In a dramatic departure from her popular prehistoric fiction, Sandra Saidak now offers up her first alternate history novel.

Two generations after Germany won World War II, a lonely college student named Adolf Goebbels wanders into a dusty museum and discovers books and artifacts of a dead race called “Jews”. Although a member of the Nazi elite, Adolf resents the oppression, fear, and isolation that are part of daily life in the Aryan “paradise” his grandparents helped build.

As he reads the forgotten books, and meets the outcasts who gather at the museum, Adolf discovers a purpose he has long been searching for—and danger he has never imagined.

Based on real-life Nazi plans for museums of dead races, this sprawling alternate history novel takes the reader from decadent Berlin, the capital of the Nazi world empire, across the conquered nations of Europe to uncover the startling secrets at the heart of the worldwide Reich.

Fans of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle and Robert Harris’ Fatherland will want to read this new voice in alternate history.

End of the Beginning: A Novel of Alternate History

By Harry Turtledove

NAL Hardcover
Released: 2005-11-01
Hardcover (448 pages)

End of the Beginning: A Novel of Alternate History
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In this alternate history of World War II, the Japanese follow up their Pearl Harbor attack with the successful occupation of Hawaii. Now America is marshaling its military forces-from East Coast to West-to reclaim the islands from the enemy.

AMERITA: A Dystopian (or Utopian?) Alternate History Thriller in a Post Apocalyptic World

By Martin Medina

Martin Medina and Luke Medina
Released: 2016-11-01
Kindle Edition (425 pages)

AMERITA: A Dystopian (or Utopian?) Alternate History Thriller in a Post Apocalyptic World
 
Product Description:
Year 2051 - World War III left America in dystopian economic ruin. Support for the Democrat and Republican parties has dwindled and the Meritism Party has gained unwavering support from 70% of the populace.

Currency has been replaced with Personal Merit. The goods and services citizens are allowed to possess are dependent on their objectively calculated productivity within the society.

Careers that do not contribute to food, shelter, clothing, sanitation, education, healthcare, technology, art, or sport have been abolished. These abolished professions include investment banking, marketing and advertising, career politicians, and many others that were dependent on capitalism.

Luke Medina, a Merit Agency Investigator, fights to uphold all that Meritism has accomplished.

The Capitalist Party desperately conspires to bring back class divisions and a society of economic inequality based on a fiat currency.

#amerita #meritism

For the working class, AMERITA represents a new Utopia. For others, AMERITA is a dystopian nightmare.

Meritism Manifesto:

We, the working women and men of our beautiful and plentiful land, declare in one voice to revoke all credence to economical systems based on subjective monetary representations of individual Merit.

We, the contributors of food, shelter, clothing, sanitation, education, healthcare, technology, art, and sport, declare our vocations as necessary for advancing society. Vocations that do not contribute to the advancing of society are deemed not worthy of recognition.

We, the laborers, believe the productivity of every valid vocation is objectively and accurately measurable.

We, the mentors and parents of future generations, believe in equal education, equal nutrition, equal healthcare, and equal opportunity for all.

We, the champions of equal prosperity for equal effort, believe all persons are gifted with talents and the ability to contribute meaningfully to society.

We believe every individual has the right to choose how much or how little he or she contributes.
The more an individual contributes, the more he or she shall be rewarded.
The less an individual contributes, the less he or she shall be rewarded.
If an individual contributes nothing, the individual shall have no place in the community.

We, the people of the new Meritocracy, declare objective recognition of Merit for all.




   

 
 
 
 

 
 
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