MacArthur's War: A Novel of the Invasion of Japan



MacArthur's War: A Novel of the Invasion of JapanJust 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 And 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.

Douglas Niles is a fantasy author and game designer Niles was one of the creators of the Dragonlance world and the author of the first three Forgotten Realms novels, and the Top Secret S I espionage role playing game He currently resides in Delavan, Wisconsin with his wife, Christine, and two Bouviets, Reggie and Stella He enjoys playing his guitar, cooking, and visiting with family.

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  • Hardcover
  • 492 pages
  • MacArthur's War: A Novel of the Invasion of Japan
  • Douglas Niles
  • English
  • 07 March 2018
  • 0765312875

10 thoughts on “MacArthur's War: A Novel of the Invasion of Japan

  1. Ian Davison says:

    Better than I expectedA good, well thought out book and on a par with their other books The characters are very believable Well worth reading.

  2. Matt says:

    What happens if the Battle of Midway doesn t go so well for the US Navy and Oppenheimer and company have a bit of an oops with the A bomb According to this books authors apparently you get melodrama to the point of caricature Niles and Dobson start with the old saw about the difference between God and Douglas MacArthur and run with it, folding in B and C plots involving characters one can t really grow to care about The conversations set in Japan take the I suckthan you do competition What happens if the Battle of Midway doesn t go so well for the US Navy and Oppenheimer and company have a bit of an oops with the A bomb According to this books authors apparently you get melodrama to the point of caricature Niles and Dobson start with the old saw about the difference between God and Douglas MacArthur and run with it, folding in B and C plots involving characters one can t really grow to care about The conversations set in Japan take the I suckthan you do competitions to the point where you wish one of the characters would say I suck the most and commit seppuku just to move the story along One star is deducted for the blatant ripping off of Star Trek The Next Generation in a couple of places, in one case resulting in a rather silly mistake unless it was an intentional theft of TNG s screw up Even the book s subtitle is rather misleading, since the invasion isof a side story to the primary MacArthur nursing his own god complex whilst rendering Navy brass impotent thrust This book seems to be an attempt to make a Tom Clancy esque alternate history, but I think the authors should have stuck to writing for Dungeons and Dragons some of that style is even found in this book, somewhat to its detriment

  3. Christopher says:

    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 isof 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.SPOILER ALERTStarting with the defeat of the US Navy at Midway, the author starts with 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 isof 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.SPOILER ALERTStarting 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

  4. Rich says:

    I read this on the flight to and from Australia It s goo airplane reading Michael Dobson, the co author, is a friend and many mutual friends appear as characters I myself am badly wounded although the wound turns out not to be bad enough to get me sent back to the States The character of MacArthur is the most vivid in the book, as he undoubtedly would expect His vanity is a bit over emphasized someone with no knowledge of MacArthur might think there was nothing to him other than vanity and I read this on the flight to and from Australia It s goo airplane reading Michael Dobson, the co author, is a friend and many mutual friends appear as characters I myself am badly wounded although the wound turns out not to be bad enough to get me sent back to the States The character of MacArthur is the most vivid in the book, as he undoubtedly would expect His vanity is a bit over emphasized someone with no knowledge of MacArthur might think there was nothing to him other than vanity and pomposity and ego which he had in spades A fun read

  5. Chi Dubinski says:

    This novel is an alternate history of World War II what would have happened if the Japanese had won the Battle of Midway I don t know enough about World War II history to enjoy this book as alternative history The focus is one military action and history, with little fleshing out of the characters It did not draw me in, although it is well written, and readers of military fiction may have a different opinion.

  6. Loren says:

    Not a particularly deep story or book and MacArthur seems to beof a character than a real historical figure He s so extreme and so ridiculous at times that you can t help but hate him even if you know and rather like him Some of his tactics and strategy as compared to what the Navy did are interesting to read, as is the discussion of the invasion of Japan Just don t expect that much of a story or book in this Frankly this is the weakest book from these two authors that I ve red.

  7. Justin says:

    A very good, yet somewhat rushed, depiction of an alternate history in which the Battle of Midway is a tactical victory for the Japanese and the Manhattan Project is plagued with problems Not as riveting as the Fox on the Rhine duology, perhaps because a lot of was condensed into one book May have benefited by being separated into two novels.

  8. Stefan says:

    This insightful, entertaining alternative history of Pacific Theater was much better then I anticipated The multiple viewpoint characters, well described historical figures especially Douglas MacArthur , the many sub plots, and the variety of settings made this a excellent read Particularly, the historical premise that the American forces were defeated at Midway felt plausible and exciting.

  9. Dan Braun says:

    A nice alternate history that is not so diferent from our hstory It is quite believable The portrayals of MacArthur, Roosevelt, Patton, and others are quite good.It could have easily happened this way.

  10. Brian says:

    I m such a sucker for Alternate History This book supposes that the Manhattan Project was a flop, that the US Navy lost the Battle of Midway, and that Gen MacArthur was given the greenlight to invade Japan.

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