Marching Through Georgia

Marching Through GeorgiaMarching Through Georgia Is The First Of Four Books Of S.M Stirling S Alternate History Series, The Domination.The Novel Also Attempts To Educate The Reader On The Background Of The Domination Government, Military, Social Structures, And The Historical Development Of The Draka Are All Outlined Here.The Paperback Edition Contains The Full Version Of Stirling S Story. I read this book first 10 years ago I can t finish it today S.M Stirling has endured quite a bit of criticism for this book to the extent that he began the title page to his later non Draka book Conquistador with this quotation There is a technical term for someone who confuses the opinions of a character in a book with those of the author That term is idiot I don t make any presumptions as to Stirling s opinions That s THE cardinal sin of literature analysis Leaving the author s work as separate from the author though does not make this book any better In the introduction to the short story collection Drakas Stirling states that he distilled the worst of Western Civilization, put it onto the mineral rich Cape of Good Hope ironically named in this context , and then let the worst of all possibilities emerge Ergo a dystopia Great No problem Depending on where you draw the start up of Sci fi Frankenstein, The Time Machine, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym dystopia is there But consider the best of the genre 1984 is probably the easiest but that s a cliched example and the
I was looking forward to this because I had heard a lot about how terrible the Draka are And, as is so often the case, they didn t live up to their billing I also thought, as an early book, this would likely go deeper into the cool idea Stirling has, and have less of the surface adventure story that he usually delivers On that, I could not have been wrong.The story is basically a drawn out battle with nearly impossible odds between a Draka paratrooper unit and Nazi mechanized infantry Sterling almost falls into the trap of being interested in his guns than his people, but I thought there was enough meat on the bones of the main character to support this story.The Draka are ruthless bastards, hyper rational, and firm believers in their superiority as a master race There s an interesting tension here, because the master race belief isn t particularly rational, and it doesn t tend to make the bast use of human resources Also, a culture devoted to the preservation of the aristocracy is doome
Fun alternate history, but doesn t quite deliver on the awesome premise It s basically about a country called the Domination kind of like if Rhodesia had existed much earlier and turned into a huge empire with stunningly advanced technology and a huge slave labor force In this short novel we learn via infodump how the Domination came into existence and then witness its existence into WW2, determined to cut a fresh piece of empire from Europe by wresting it from the Nazis The plot itself is all about the struggle between Domination forces and the Wehrmacht over a strategically important village The action was great, but the characters are not really likable I can t fault Stirling for this, as this has to do with the protagonists either being racist, imperialistic Draka or, wellNazis and like I said, just didn t do as much as I wanted with the premise Of course, this was only the first in a quadrilogy and the other novels seem to be longer and deal with a bigger scope I ll c
An interesting and unusual alternate history of a portion of WWII Stirling proposes an additional colony of Europeans taking deep hold in Africa after the American Revolution In the ensuing century and a half, the Draka for Sir Francis Drake have taken over and fairly brutally enslaved most of the continent The 10% of so of citizens are trained for war and conquest from early childhood and many of them realize that they Must continue in conquest until they rule the world or die trying, since their political system is absolute anathema to those of the US and portions of Europe, not to mention vice versa During WWII, however, they find themselves uneasily allied with the Americans and British since Hitler s threat is immediate while their own is still a generation or two away Stirling does a good job of taking a group of people that by all standards of political correctness ought to be the world s biggest and most evil villains, second possibly only to Hitler himself, and making many individuals within it reasonably sympathetic He does this without particularly excusing their political system he uses an American character s viewpoint quite effectively to show how oppressive and foreign it is to our way of thinking A few of his main characters also at least partially comprehend the ugliness of the situation one young man found himself breaking all sorts of laws getting his own daughter by a serf slave out to America And
A really interesting alternate history about what might have happened if the British had moved their Loyalists from the USA to South Africa at the time of the American Revolution The White slave owners took over from the Boers and with additions along
One of the best alternate histories What if the British Loyalists, the Confederates, and most of the oppressive losers created a militaristic society South Africa turns into the Domination of the Draka, where from childhood, kids are trained to fight By the 1940s, they
Too slow and technical to get into. This was an entertaining romp through Georgia. Kind of creepy It s a reasonably fleshed alternate world, but its alternate ness, while explained, isn t really believable Basically it requires that a society with buckets of slave labor dedicate itself toworking ultra hard at all times to become military badasses, as opposed to leisure The internal logic makes sense, but it s just not an evolutionary stable system It only works if you pretend human nature is something it isn t It s also a little uncomfortable to read just due to the political anticorrectness the protagonists Draka are a bunch of raping, pillaging racists Admittedly the primary antagonists are the Nazis, who are worse, but the book makes it clear that these bad guys Draka are going to win World War III anyway.The characters are interesting if a little one dimensionalthe character development of the main
The first of Stirling s Draka series A fascinating look at a fictional race of conqueors The Draka society is multi layered and detailed while the military sequences are exciting and well written There are problems with the story however The Draka would have to be the luckiest people in the history of the world to achieve the level of power that they have reached at the start of the novel Stirling wants his creation the Draka to be strong and almost invicible As a result he creates a world that is rather unbelievable, especially the technological achievements of the Draka.It is also hard to believe that the other world powers would left the Draka just gobble up so much the world before finally saying no But ,despite my quibbles, the novel grabs you and keeps you involved Of the four Draka novels Marching Through Georgia is mostly an alternate history military action story After this novel the next three novels progress steadily i

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  • Paperback
  • 410 pages
  • Marching Through Georgia
  • S.M. Stirling
  • English
  • 15 April 2019
  • 9780671654078