Halfway through World War II aliens invaded Earth. They were repelled - but now, years later they are back . . . This is the second volume in the three-part Colonisation series, which follows the Worldwar trilogy and Colonisation: Second Contact. The whole sequence will conclude with Homeward Bound.
The tumultuous 1960s have arrived, and the alien reptilian race ponders its uneasy future on the planet it calls Tosev 3. The United States has prospered since the war and has sent a manned spaceship deep into space. On the other side of the globe, the German Reich remains bloodied but unbowed, brandishing a frightening new weapon and always poised for war. China strains under alien occupation, and from Poland to Jerusalem, Jews must choose between aiding the Race or the Reich.
Down to Earth is populated by a cast that includes the famous, from Khomeini to Himmler, and the unkonwn - drug smugglers, soldiers and lovers - in a spectacular tale of tyranny and freedom, destruction and hope.
'The wizard of If.' Chicago Sun-Times
'Turtledove the standard bearer for alternate history.' USA Today
With shocking vividness, Turtledove demonstrates the extreme fragility of our modern world . . . This is state-of-the-art alternate history, nothing less - Publishers Weekly on HOW FEW REMAIN)
Turtledove plays heady games with actual history, scattering object lessons and bitter ironies along the way. Strong, complex characters against a sweeping alt-historical background. - Kirkus Reviews on RETURN ENGAGEMENTS
Good fun. It has an authentic speculative quality, energy and dash. - Time Out on A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
Engrossing ... definitely the work of one of alternate history's authentic modern masters . . . totally fascinating. - Booklist on THE GREAT WAR series
Harry Turtledove has lived in Southern California all his life He has a Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Los Angeles and has taught at UCLA, California State Fullerton and California State University, Los Angeles. He has written many works of speculative fiction and fantasy. He is married to the novelist Laura Frankos and they have three daughters.