War Plan Crimson

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
We were lucky.
In our history, Franklin Roosevelt quietly and easily suppressed the 1933 Business Plot, a little-known attempt by a group of Wall Street power brokers to overthrow and replace him with a homeland fascist government.

What if we weren't lucky?
What it the coup plotters succeeded beyond their wildest dreams and placed a homegrown Hitler in the White House, bent on conquest? More
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About Michael Cnudde

Michael Cnudde is a writer, editor, corporate communications professional, and a former educator. He enjoys writing poetry and short speculative fiction. Michael currently is working on his next novel. He lives in Toronto, Ontario where he plots global domination in his spare time.

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Reviews of War Plan Crimson by Michael Cnudde

John T. Peters reviewed on Sep. 24, 2022
(no rating)
I enjoyed the book and also the twist in outcomes for the various characters. I also include some alternative history in my books that are listed on this site.
John T Peters
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
Mike Manolakes reviewed on May 18, 2022

I've read a few alternate histories lately where a fascist government takes over the U.S. in the 1930's, and War Plan Crimson is easily the best of the lot. I found the description of America under the rule of a pro-Nazi dictator both credible and frightening. The author combines well the many historical persons in his tale with his own fictional creations, and the battle scenes show a good knowledge of the weapons and tactics of that era. There were enough plot twists to keep me guessing about how this was all going to end.

The actual military takeover of the USA is glossed over in the book's opening pages so that the real action can begin a year into the new regime. Should the author be inclined, there's probably an entire prequel novel in the largely untold story of FDR's removal from office. However, I note that the author's intent is to give equal weight to the Canadian perspective and tell the story of how that nation would respond to aggression from south of its border.

I was pleased to see that, unlike many books on this platform, this novel was carefully edited and free from glaring mistakes. One small quibble -- while I have no problem with seeing the Canadian spelling of words, with -our rather than -or, the U.S. military decoration is always the Medal of Honor, not Honour.

The formatting did make reading some parts difficult to read. I think the author wanted to use wide margins for the body of notes and personal letters, but trying to read these on a mobile phone app was nearly impossible -- the text came out as a long column one or two letters wide.

All in all, I think this book would be enjoyed by any fan of alternate history, especially military history.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Hague Publishing reviewed on March 18, 2019

I enjoyed this book immensely. It comes across as being solidly grounded in the history of the time, and shows just how thin the veneer of civilisation can be.

The author’s mixing of historical and fictional characters is well balanced, something that he shares with Harry Turtledove. I particularly liked the portrayal of Erwin Rommel and the role he plays in the story (as well as Rommel’s eventual reward). While many of the characters don’t survive the chaos that follows the coup, the balance between those that don’t and those who do is nicely achieved. And importantly, given how nasty the baddies are, they all end up getting their come-uppances!

Michael is telling a big story from a large number of view points, fortunately he has the knack of being able to quickly introduce a character, and to successfully build a bond between that character and the reader. In some cases this is by reinforcing the views already formed about historical characters, but more often he is introducing someone who is simply in the wrong place in the wrong time. And in this respect, I believe Michael’s ability to create characters for whom the reader cares is superior to that Harry Turtledove.

Along these lines the death of J Edgar Hoover gave me a totally different view of the man. Talk about going out with all guns blazing!
(reviewed 5 years after purchase)
david stegall reviewed on March 26, 2012
(no rating)
i love alternate history and this is one of the best. i highly recomend
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
James wallace reviewed on July 14, 2011

This book is very well written, and I'm loving it so far.

jim
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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