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Harry Harrison has been publishing science fiction for half a century; this novel appears in 2000, the year of his 75th birthday. His 1998 Stars and Stripes Forever was a foray into alternative history at the time of the U.S. Civil War. An opportunistic British invasion is so badly bungled that it unites warring Union and Confederate forces against the common enemy, and the course of events is rousingly changed.
Now it's 1863 and perfidious Albion is making a comeback via the Pacific, establishing a Mexican beachhead and planning attacks on united America's "soft underbelly" in the Gulf of Mexico. Gurkha and Sepoy troops build roads while sweaty white officers express nostalgia for England: "I despair of ever seeing her blissfully cold and fog-shrouded shores again."
An early coup of misdirection makes the British advance seem unstoppable--but America forges ahead with new guns and naval armor, and General Robert E. Lee devises an audacious counterblow. What better way to disrupt Britain's wicked schemes than to strike at her own rebellious province of Ireland?
Harrison, an American, perhaps overdoes the lofty dignity of figures like Abraham Lincoln, while showing British politicians with their full complement of warts. But the breathless, headlong action sweeps you away as the battle is planned and at last joined. Even hardened English patriots will feel a sense of wish-fulfillment at the possibility that America may solve the "Irish Question" for them. This is a rapid-paced, slightly slapdash, and unfailingly energetic adventure in alternate history--all great fun. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Winner of the Nebula Award, the Prix Jules Verne, and the Premio Italia, Harry Harrison is famous for many works of speculative literature, including The Stainless Steel Rat series, Make Room! Make Room! (the basis for the movie Soylent Green), and the West of Eden trilogy. Harrison is currently working on the final volume of this alternate history trilogy. He lives in Ireland.
From the Hardcover edition.
Like some of the readers here I found this to be an enjoyable but ultimately forgettable read. I have not read the first novel but it was easy to get into this one without having... Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2003 by gallipoli
I am truly glad I did not purchase this one at full price. I only regret what I wasted buying it.
I thought the first novel of this series was pathetic. Read more
This is alternate history as snack food: quick and clever but ultimately unsatisfying. Harrison's vision of nineteenth-century blitzkrieg warfare is plausible and sometimes... Read morePublished on July 29 2002 by PATRICK OHANNIGAN
Really quick. I liked the book, but not as much as book one. Book one was filled with more surprises.Published on March 22 2002 by Donald Webb
Harry Harrison's "Stars & Stripes In Peril" excels as a textbook example of what might have happened if the United States had launched a blitzkrieg invasion of... Read morePublished on Dec 24 2001 by John Kwok
I agree with other reviewers that Mr. Harrison's ideas are interesting, but the manner in which they are put forth are very mediocre and flat. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2001 by Will
Stars and Stripes in Peril is the sequel to the wonderful Stars and Stripes Forever. However, this novel doesn't quite live up the expectations I had for it based on the first... Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2001 by Dennis Keithly
This sequel did not grab me as quickly as the first book. Things happen very, very fast which can leave you feeling like you are reading a series of blurbs rather than a novel. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2001 by John Daugherty
I'd personally give this book 3 1/2 stars but that apparently isn't an option. Harrison writes a good book that is enjoyable and fun to read, but he lacks some important elements... Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2001