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One Thousand Years by [Beck, Randolph]
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Length: 217 pages Word Wise: Enabled Language: English

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"Cleanly written, the novel provides a suspenseful plot and surprising characters." — Publishers Weekly

• Nazis, Time Travel, and a Tuskegee Airman who won't quit

"Don't argue with me, Sam. Look where you are. You're on a Luftwaffe starship. I assure you, the United States gives up on the war."

By April 1944, Allied victory in World War II was a foregone conclusion. Roosevelt and Churchill would accept nothing less than unconditional surrender. Giving up was out of the question. Defeat was impossible.

Lt. Sam McHenry, a black American fighter pilot, was about to see a lot of impossible things. Presumed dead after crashing into the sea, McHenry awakens aboard a Nazi starship from the future. They tell him the war will end very soon, and how the entire world will one day be ruled by the Nazi regime. And then he learns the worst news of all: The Allies won't just lose. They will give up.

Hitler once said the Third Reich would stand for one thousand years. But McHenry knows that if Nazis could rule for one thousand years, they will rule forever. Sam McHenry will not let that happen.
(65,000 words)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 509 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ByronRef.com (30 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D3RUNO0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #427,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Good read. History as written by a different set of victors, with the Reich as it might have ended up.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars 47 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned science fiction 9 November 2013
By Tuscus - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll admit, when I first finished the book, I was dissatisfied with the ending. I have become conditioned to the stock formula for the modern best seller, and this doesn't have it. But as the book sat with me for a time, I realized that it has a lot more to offer than your standard alternate history pulp fiction. It is a thoughtful exploration of the notion that history is written by the victors, nationalism, and the nature of change in societies. It can be hard, at times, to set aside our knee-jerk reaction to all things Hitler and appreciate Beck's exploration of what a victorious Reich might look like after centuries of social change. But if you can do so, you may find yourself reflecting on the complexities of America's own historical narrative. It has a clever, subtle ending, without a long denouement explaining how everything resolves, and thus reminds me of so many of the sci-fi short stories and novels I grew up reading: it's not what happens that matters in the end- it's the why.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Nazis. I Hate These Guys." 9 June 2014
By Fred - Published on Amazon.com
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What an unusual premise! Alt-history made alt by time travel.

Time-traveling Nazis from 1000 years in the future save a Tuskegee airman just as his plane crashes in the ocean as part of a project to study World War II without altering their past. When the pilot learns the Nazi empire has endured for a thousand years, he determines to find a way to alter that destiny.

Three stars: an exactly average book. In fact, it's a mixture of strengths and weaknesses. Characterization doesn't go deep here, with one exception noted below. The writing lacks the final polish I'd like to see. Also, the plot ultimately disappoints--the tension explodes at the end, rather than building in a controlled way. The real virtue of the book is the depth of research in military and political practices and thought of the time.

What dazzled me are the political debates. The author really thought through the Nazi talking points. Getting inside the head of a Nazi is a rather brave thing; no doubt some knuckleheads will rise up to accuse the author of believing everything the characters in his novel say. (For the ne plus ultra of adopting the Nazi persona, see The Iron Dream by Norman Spinrad; it's a novel of world conquest written "by" sci-fi "author" Adolf Hitler. Weird, dark, frightening, and hilarious stuff.)

Finally, I enjoyed the black protagonist and the racial issues that came up. This is the best handling of race I've seen in a book where race was not the central theme. Sam McHenry deals with racism continually, yet ultimately defines himself by his character and choices.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could Not Put It Down - Want More 2 August 2013
By Stethour Ltd. (Consignment) - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a solid alt-history entry with an added dose of science fiction. Plus, Space Nazi's! It is a page-turner with no shortage of action--I read it in less than 24 hours. On a deeper note, history buffs will appreciate how the book's presentation of the Nazi point of view--with only underlying, but ominous and developing hints of the ubiquitous underlying totalitarianism--mirrors how ordinary Germans must have experienced National Socialism's metastatic growth in the 1930's. My big disappointment was that the book ended before more of both the politics and the action was revealed. The author has created a world which could support a series of Neil Stephenson-sized monster books. I hope he fills out that world, as I want to find out how this ends.
3.0 out of 5 stars I was looking forward to this book, but unfortunately it failed to keep me captivated 26 November 2013
By Don Kidwell - Published on Amazon.com
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Book started off well (circa WW2 of which time period I generally enjoy) but my interest in it waned off and on over the eight chapters I had completed. I found myself picking it up, then setting it down, only to repeat the process while reading less and less of it as time progressed most probably because I was not finding the characters all that engaging. I do believe I was eventually going to end up dead in the water (much like the protagonist, eh?) were I to labor onward, so I decided it best to hang it up and move on to a different read. I wish it might have been better as it did have a promising plot...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FANTASTIC Alternate History! 23 February 2014
By Steven Woodcock - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't stress how much I was impressed by this book.

The basic story is described in the description--a US fighter pilot in a battle off Italy is shot down and crashes into the ocean. All seems lost, when suddenly he's rescued by a spaceship--piloted by Nazis from the far future with the news that Germany WON World War 2.

It's hard to say much more without spoilers cropping up. The book is SOLID throughout and well put together, with a very logical consistency and reason for the Nazi win and why they are visiting WW2. There is one small subplot involving an attempted escape which I thought was a bit forced, and the book ended more abruptly than I thought it would--usually that's a sign of a larger book split in two so perhaps (HOPEFULLY!) we can expect a sequel.

I really can't say much more without generating spoilers, so I'll cut this review short even though there's MUCH more I want to say. I tore through this book losing far more sleep than I should have so I could get "just one more chapter". HIGHLY recommended for any fans of alternate history and/or WW2.