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Return Engagement

(2004)
(The first book in the Settling Accounts series)
A novel by

 
 
From Publishers Weekly
In this well-thought-out alternate history, the first in a new trilogy, Turtledove (American Empire) combines elements of the Civil War and WWII with disturbing results. Confederate President Jake Featherstone has launched an undeclared war of revenge on the U.S.A., with Rebel "barrels" (tanks) cutting the nation in half. U.S. President Al Smith doesn't sue for peace as expected, causing unreconstructed Canadians to sabotage the now-vital Northern rail system holding the nation together. Mormon separatists have once more revolted against the federal government, and Louis Armstrong, who has defected to the North, brings with him chilling evidence of the Confederate "population reductions" (genocide) of African-Americans. Turtledove's depiction of how easily the C.S.A. could carry out genocide—and do so with less cost to the conscience than the Germans experienced in the real Holocaust—coupled with the "so what?" reaction of Northerners when this is publicized makes a disturbing commentary on the state of race relations in both parts of our country. While some of the character descriptions are repetitious, the author handles his huge cast with admirable skill. The insights into racial politics elevate this novel to a status above mere entertainment, although it provides that aplenty.
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Genre: Science Fiction

Used availability for Harry Turtledove's Return Engagement

Hardback Editions

May 2008 : USA Library Binding

Title: Settling Accounts: Return Engagement (Settling Accounts Trilogy)
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
ISBN: 1-4352-9319-3 / 978-1-4352-9319-9 (USA edition)
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September 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: Settling Accounts: Return Engagement (American Empire)
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
ISBN: 0-340-82685-1 / 978-0-340-82685-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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August 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Return Engagement (Settling Accounts Trilogy, Book 1)
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
ISBN: 0-345-45723-4 / 978-0-345-45723-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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Paperback Editions

June 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Return Engagement (Settling Accounts, Book 1)
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
ISBN: 0-345-46405-2 / 978-0-345-46405-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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January 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Settling Accounts: Return Engagement
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
ISBN: 0-340-82686-X / 978-0-340-82686-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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Audio Editions

June 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Return Engagement (Settling Accounts)
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
ISBN: 1-5159-0696-5 / 978-1-5159-0696-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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June 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Return Engagement (Settling Accounts)
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
ISBN: 1-5159-5696-2 / 978-1-5159-5696-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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December 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Return Engagement: Settling Accounts, Book 1
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   


December 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Return Engagement: Settling Accounts, Book 1
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


December 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Return Engagement: Settling Accounts, Book 1
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

May 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Settling Accounts: Return Engagement
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


August 2004 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Return Engagement: Settling Accounts, Book One
Author(s): Harry Turtledove
Publisher: Del Rey
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA