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V-S Day: A Novel of Alternate History by Allen Steele
Cover Artist: New York CIty by Fred Stein Archive/Getty Images; rocket by iStockphoto;
 paper texture by Ilalah/Shutterstock; and American flag by Paul Stringer/Shutterstock
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Ace Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425259740
Date: 04 February 2014 List Price $26.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Product Description: 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.

(Source: Ace)

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