Before reviewing this edition I would like to say that it was the immediate companion "Walk In Hell" that I read first so I have treated "How Few Remain" and this masterpiece "American Front" first of the Great War trilogy as prequils.
This edition locked into place the start of the Great War and the link to the Second Mexican war.
In reality Harry Turtledove should have placed a bridging novel between "How Few Remain" and this one to cover the years 1882 - 1913 with a little more depth. It would have been nice to see how the Confederacy coped with freeing the slaves, the rise of Teddy Roosevelt and the San Fransisco earthquake.
As with How Few Remain we are given the reason for the global situation the Turtledove world is in at present(sic). A reminder that the USA's hand was forced into submission by Great Britan and France.
Now the USA has entered the European war thus making it a global conflict, on the side of Germany, with revenge against those that weakened it. The CSA, France, Great Britan and Canada.
Faces from How Few Remain show up but as time has moved on they have become older and in some cases, none the wiser.
Roosevelt is a tough hard hitting president and his most senior General, Custor, a bombastic and defiant old man. The two strong personalities enevitable collide after years of resentment...
New Characters make an appearance and some faces will become all too familiar over the next twenty or so years.
It is the first time that the CSA slave/labor issue finally gets a conclusion that leads to bloodshed and anarchy that will start to derail the CSA. Once again watch the map, it's going to change.
The variation on Utah "Beehive Nation" is good but I found it unbelievable that one of reality's most loyal member states of the USA is given such a hard time in this edition as it had in the previous. However we are introduced to one of the conflicts more colorful characters - Gordon McSweeny.
We are introduced to a gunnery saregent fighting for the CSA, Jake Featherston, a US fisherman called George Enos, a CSA steel worker named Jefferson Pinkard, a CSA submarianer Cpt Kincad, a US pilot Moss fighting in the cold skies of Canada.
Once again a strong female cast is repersented and they all come to the fore including the most formidible of all, Anne Collerton...watch this space!
Lots more faces inside including to totally different Canadian Families and the variations on their lives which have to suffer the rigours of war and a suprise outcome.
A free flowing and exciting storyline that ends on a high. Five Stars*****