MacArthur's War: A Novel of the Invasion of Japan
MacArthur's War A Novel of the Invasion of Japan Author:Douglas Niles, Michael Dobson Just as Fox on the Rhine and Fox at the Front showed readers an alternate Europe in which Hitler had been killed, thereby radically changing the course of World War II, Douglas Niles and Michael Dobson bring us the Battle of Midway with a very different outcome. — The Allies are wildly out maneuvered an... more »d sent home in disgrace. Back in the States things are looking rather grim as the ultra-secret Manhattan Project runs into snafus that greatly delay the final production of the atomic bomb.
President Roosevelt’s approval ratings drop dramatically. Congress is desperate and the country cries out for a hero.
That hero might just be Douglas MacArthur, who vowed that he would return to his beloved Philippines. He plans to do so with the backing of the entire US Armed Forces.
MacArthur’s plan of action is simple: take the war back to the Japanese, island by bloody island, until standing on the shores of Japan, he can proclaim victory.
And possibly gain the leadership of the United States as well.« less
Let me start by saying that I'm a huge fan of alternate military history and was really looking forward to this book. However, as I ready along I was somewhat disappointed. Why this book does fall in the genre of alternate history it is more of a backdrop to the story of the various characters. While it made for in interesting and sometimes exciting reading does not quite live up to the alternate history genre.
Starting with the defeat of the US Navy at Midway, the author starts with MacArthur using political manuvering to single the Pacific Theater as a single command with him in charge instead of the historic division. Then as the story follows several characters the author does into great detail about them at times and there actions at that moment but when it comes to the alternate history part only gives a momentarily passing mention to it. One example when talking about the bypassed Iwo Jima and one of the characters thinking what a blood bath it would have been had the Marines invaded that island. None of the alternative decisions are giving any thought or discussion as too why it was done instead of what really happened other than it fit in the grand scheme of MacArthur's return to the Phillipines.