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  1. Stephen Stephen says:

    15 stars Pretty well written but DRY as a desert Great setting for the future novels but this book was a SLOG SLOG SLOG to get through I will probably read the next book in the series at some point because I love the premise and I am obviously a glutton for punishment but I did not really like this one Nominee Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1999

  2. Sud666 Sud666 says:

    Harry Turtledove specializes in writing Counter Factuals an overly pretentious term for alternative history In How Few Remain we are treated to a very different world in which the Confederacy didn't lose the Civil WarA bit of an explanation is reuired The book starts in Fredrick Maryland in 1862 Soldiers from the Army of Northern Virginia under the command of General Robert E Lee are moving towards Hagerstown A Lieutenant riding through the camp is stopped by some soldiers who return a package of cigars inadvertently dropped by the Lieutenant The Lt shares the cigars with the soldiers and thanks them profusely for returning the packageWhy is this random event important? The scenario is based on real life save that the package was never returned to the Lt but rather was recovered by Corporal Barton W Mitchell of the 27th Indiana Volunteers part of the Union XII Corps He found the package of cigars in the campground vacated by Confederate General DH Hill What's so important about a bunch of cigars? Absolutely nothing except for the pleasure a soldier would get from smoking them But it was the paper that wrapped the cigars that has significance It turned out after Corporal Mitchell turned over the paperwork to his Captain Peter Kopp that the wrapping paper was actually a copy of Special Order 191 which delineated where the Confederate armies were supposed to deploy Maj Gen George B McClellan the commander of the Army of the Potomac was able to use the Orders to deploy his forces and use the intelligence to help win the Battle of South Mountain and the Battle of Antietam Many military historians feel if Lee's orders had not been discovered the outcome of the war would have been very differentThis is where the book takes up the story With the orders never having been lost the Confederates may have been able to invade Pennsylvania and win an early version of the Battle of Gettysburg which leads to the British and French governments recognizing the Confederate StatesNow it is 1881 and America is divided In 1881 Republican James G Blaine has ridden a hard line platform of anti Confederatism into the White House having defeated Democratic incumbent Samuel J Tilden in the 1880 presidential election Now with the CSA purchasing the Mexican states of Sonora and Chihuahua which extends the CSA–USA border and gives the Confederates the Pacific port of Guaymas the United States declares war on the Confederacy What makes this such a great story is the sheer number of different characters who people this alternative tale From the abolitionist Fredrick Douglass to former President Abraham Lincoln who is now a Socialist and even Sam Clemens Mark Twain as a newspaper reporter and Colonel Alfred von Schlieffen the German military attache they are all here in a different telling of American history From the conflicts with the Native Indians to the start of a Mormon uprising in Utah there is a lot going on With a decent grasp of history the story takes even depth since you see how certain characters could have possibly played out their roles in this alternative worldI won't spoil any of the cool stuff if you enjoy a fictional history then you will certainly love this excellent book

  3. Nate Nate says:

    RE READ REVIEW I’m not sure what motivated me to read this one again As you can see by my review below I was bored to tears by it the first time around I guess I just had a nagging feeling I didn’t approach it correctly or expected something different Not hurting matters is the fact that I already bought the second book in the series and its concept WW1 fought between the CSA and USA is a great one Well it certainly was of a fun read this time around It’s just not really about action or excitement but exploring the alternative history of the series in an almost academic way while spending time with real historical figures like a pre Mark Twain Sam Clemens Stonewall Jackson Frederick Douglass and best of all Abraham Lincoln obviously Booth had no reason to kill poor Honest Abe in this timeline because the south won the civil war To kind of digress a bit how much of a pussy move was assassinating Lincoln? It was like a boxer sucker punching his opponent after he’s lost the match and the other guy has his back turned It’s still not a fantastic read but I’m glad I gave it another shotPS I really didn’t need to read and imagine a scene of Custer blowing a load on some woman’s stomach though Honestly Turtledove what the fuckORIGINAL REVIEW It really sucks when your relationship with a book devolves to the point of it sullenly dwelling in the loser's spot at the bottom of the stack on the nightstand bookmark dwelling in the halfway point like a jilted lover unwilling to let go just gathering dustand I got pretty rapidly to that point with this one which totally blows because I totally love the concept and already fuckin' bought the second bookhonestly how was I not supposed to American WW1 fought between the Confederacy and US? I was basically obligated to I still might read it but this one was definitely a no go for me It committed the cardinal sin of a novel it's boring It stupefies me as to how a book centering around a bloody rematch between the States could be boring but I swear by the Gods it is It really isThe characters are all historical figures and while Turtledove has done his research and can cleverly throw in true traits of the character like Jackson and his lemons they just don't do entertaining stuff Lincoln spends most of the book hanging out with Mormonsthey get all rebel y later on but it's not fun stuff The war scenes were terminally dull which is weird because all the shooting and explosions in Guns of the South were neat vivid and gripping It just wasn't good times for me Also Turtledove's Confederate hero worship is getting annoying view spoilerI was irritated that the Confederates won which is probably a petty complaint but still I'm aware that most academics believe the heart of the Civil War was about states' rights but that doesn't mean I have to give a shit or sympathize If those states are engaging in slavery they gotta go Turtledove seems bent on insisting that the Confederates were good guys but even he ended this by saying Yeah they began manumission nationwide but only because the UK and France demanded it If the Confederates don't get thrashed in the next book I'm done Also making Custer into a badass hero was unforgivable hide spoiler

  4. Jessika Jessika says:

    I consider myself a Civil War history nut One of the things that has always fascinated me is the fact that there are SO many what ifs So many things happened as if by chance that if they wouldn't have occurred the way they did the entire war might have ended differently What if Lost Order No 191 was never lost? and What if Stonewall Jackson had lived? are two big ones many people have wondered about Here Harry Turtledove examines what might have happened if the Lost Order was never lost and I have to say it was very interesting How Few Remain is a very long very detailed read It is not a pageturner and frankly I don't think it was meant to be You'll want to take your time with this one so that you can ruminate over all the implications of this alternate history That being said I did take 2 months to read this but truth be told I didn't really touch it at all for the month of January due to our move Anyway back to the book I cannot stress enough how pleasantly surprised I was When my husband bought me this for Christmas I was expecting some alt history stressing how the South should have won how the South will rise again I was SO wrong I'm so glad to say I really loved this Part of what I loved was all of the different characters that the story followed There really wasn't one that I disliked although I did think Custer was an asshat I think all the different perspectives really lent themselves to making the story unbiased and I really appreciated that Not only that but each character's story was well fleshed out at least to me entirely believable Besides the characters that was my favorite part of this book If I didn't already have a pretty solid grasp of Civil War history I could have almost sworn I was reading a historical narrative Turtledove is crazy smart he doesn't just tell you that history is different than what you know; he backs it up fleshes it out makes you believe it Add to that the sprinkling of real history easter eggs and I just through this book was a blast book to read My husband is a history nerd too and I had so much fun discussing different plot points with him as I read That all being said I now come to why this got a 4 star rating instead of 5 stars I'm not uite sure how to explain this I LOVE character driven stories they are my favorite But in this book about the Second War Between the States I got this feeling that the war took a backburner to the characters When I look back on the book in its entirety the war looks like one big battlesiege a couple of minor British bombardments Maybe I'm just comparing to the actual American Civil War but it just wasn't satisfying although I see how it sets up for the first World War Which brings me to my next point I'm not really content with the ending I was until I saw that the next book in the series begins 30 years after this one ends Here's hoping for some resolution in the next book maybe All in all I thought this was a fascinating book I had a great time reading it I would definitely recommend it to history fans that aren't opposed to alt history but I don't think this book is for everyone I'm looking forward to the rest of the series

  5. Melissa Melissa says:

    This book really made me think I'd read one of his other novels Guns of the South in which time travellers bring the AK 47 to the Confederacy allowing them to win the Civil WarThis novel was uite different It starts with a simple premise; what if Lee's orders hadn't been lost and recovered by the North? In Turtledove's eyes it allowed the South to pull off a win and backed by the recognition of the British and French governments were able to establish and solidify the Confederate States of America This novel begins with the Empire of Mexico making an offer of land to the CSA which the USA opposses The CSA's acceptance of the offer is what strkes off the Second War between the States or what would be the Mexican American war Many familiar historical figures appear in the novel; Teddy Roosevelt as a young man in the Montana territories George Custer the ousted former President Lincoln Frederick Douglas and others What really made me think in this novel was the roll of agressor and defender nations The USA strikes first against the CSA responding to a land deal they don't agree with for geo political reasons As much as I disagree with some of the policies of the CSA namely Slavery I was much sympathetic to the plight of the CSA than I expected going into the novel because it appeared to me that the USA was interfering in a matter that they had no business really getting involved inOf course throughout the course of the novel are other sub plots The Mormons in Utah stir up trouble while the USA goverment is distracted Sam Clemens in San Francisco sits back and editorializes Lincoln becomes a outspoken proponent of worker's rights and tries to stir up some Socialist movements through his lectures as part of an effort to revitalize the Republican party suffering due to two lost wars at the end of the novel If alternative history appeals I'd recommend this book The politics are interesting enough to allow someone to reconsider some of their moral views as I did There's also plenty of action though not much romance though there are several mentions of sexual relationships

  6. Chen-song Qin Chen-song Qin says:

    This is the first book in Harry Turtledove's alternate history TL 191 Timeline 191 series which consists of this stand alone volume plus two further trilogies the American Front series and the American Empire seriesThe premise is that Special Order 191 thus TL 191 by General Robert Lee was not lost as in actual history but was put into action and caused the defeat of Union forces Ultimately this caused the recognition of the Confederacy by Great Britain and France creating two major American powers in North AmericaThe main narrative of the novel takes place almost 20 years after the American Civil War and Southern independence The Confederate purchase of two Mexican provinces Mexico is an empire under emperor Maximilian in this timeline and has provinces rather than states which breaks the US lock on access to the Pacific Ocean causes another war between the USA and the CSA Various characters from actual history appear in the story from Sam Clemens a reporter in San Francisco to Teddy Roosevelt an enthusiastic volunteer soldier to a disgraced Abraham Lincoln now a socialist agitator to an unscalped George Custer still a cavalry officer As the story flows on new technologies and new alliances change the face of war and the continentThis book is fairly typical Harry Turtledove His grasp of history allows detailed descriptions of changed events and places and the narrative covers both high level strategic decisions and everyday lives of regular people Unlike some of his other works the number of viewpoint characters is large enough to provide variety but not so large that they become unwieldy All in all this is a good start to a classic series

  7. Ronnica Z. Ronnica Z. says:

    At first I was disappointed that the book focused almost exclusively on historical people because I was interested in imagining what life would be like for the common person if the South had won the Civil War But I soon realized that the people who were made famous in our history weren't necessarily rising to fame in this alternative history Where would Mark Twain be without a defeated South? A newspaper editor in San Francisco Where would Lincoln be if the North hadn't defeated the South? Alive and disgraced trying to redirect the attention of the Republican partyApart from the unnecessary sex scenes who cares anyway? I find this to be an intriguing concept pulled off in a realistic way

  8. Jon Jon says:

    I recently started listening to books on CD in my car The second one I worked through is How Few Remain which is an alternate history novel based on the assumption that the South won the Civil War First of all I have a problem with the plausibility of the premise I don't think one minor event as in the book could have changed the course of the war I think the industrial might of the North pre determined the outcome I was glad to see an essay in the book Alternate Gettysburgs from a professional historian which supported this point of view Still it's interesting to think What If? Warning spoilers followThis book is set in 1881 just after the USA has finally elected another Republican president The Confederate States of America decide to purchase two Mexican provinces from the Empire of Mexico Lack of a strong USA has let French interference in Mexico persist The USA fearful of a stronger CSA stretching to the Pacific declares war The book is the story of the war told by looks at various famous people Abraham Lincoln George Custer Samuel Clemens Stonewall Jackson Jeb Stuart Teddy Roosevelt and a few It was definitely well researched and I found it all very plausible except for the whole idea that the North wouldn't wipe the floor with the South Then again with the CSA having English and French allies the balance is tipped against the USA One thing I noticed is that the author takes a lot of care only to include things that would follow from the premise nothing too unexpected ever happens This is good for the believability but takes something away from the excitement in the novel Also some of the details can be a little bit mind numbing Yes Germans would be puzzled by American idioms No that doesn't need to be mentioned every time it happens These flaws however are less of an issue for a book on CD when I also have my fellow motorists to entertain meIn my view the major flaw was the sex scenes Having a guy affecting a 19th century way of talking read you descriptions of Sam Clemens George Custer and Teddy Roosevelt doing the wild thing is not an experience I recommend to you Thankfully that only occurred three times in the entire 21 CD bookI did worry a little bit about potential pro South bias in the book They were the ones with slaves which in my mind makes them the bad guys I don't think there was any the author also I must admit a professional historian was following the original idea to its logical conclusion The book did end with the CSA winning they got to keep part of Mexico and the Brits annexed part of Maine But that just made me want to read the next book so I could hear the USA get revenge I hope RememberMaine

  9. Brian Eshleman Brian Eshleman says:

    The variety of historical figures he uses in order to fully portray this alternative era and the authenticity of their voices are both compelling The author's decision not to continue it as a direct seuel to Guns of the South is a little jarring at first but in this new beginning he lays of a lot of interesting characters

  10. Clay Davis Clay Davis says:

    An interesting story about a world war between the United States of America and the Confederate States of America Probably the best in the series

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How Few Remain [KINDLE] ❂ How Few Remain Author Harry Turtledove – From the master of alternate history comes an epic of the second Civil War It was an epoch of glory and success of disaster and despair1881 A generation after the South won the Civil War America writh From the master of alternate history comes an epic of the second Civil War It was an epoch of glory and success of disaster and despair A generation after the South won the Civil War America writhed once in the bloody throes of battle Furious over the How Few MOBI :Ê annexation of key Mexican territory the United States declared total war against the Confederate States of America once again But this was a new kind of war fought on a lawless frontier where the blue and gray battled not only each other but the Apache the outlaw the French and the English As Confederate General Stonewall Jackson again demonstrated his military expertise the North struggled to find a leader who could prove his eual In the Second War Between the States the times the stakes and the battle lines had changed and so would history.