Her Majesty’s American

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The problem with most alternate histories is that they tend to be too masturbatory and reckless in their historical what-iffing. The story is secondary, and the novels tend to read better was Wikipedia synopses.

It’s a neat twist that Her Majesty’s American extends the fun all the way from England in 1689 to the far-flung reaches space in 2281.

The surprise birth of an heir for William and Mary leads to a future where Cecil Rhodes’ dream of the British annexation of the planets is fulfilled. But the pseudohistorical fun doesn’t stop there.

The introductory five-page “Timeline of the Britannic Federal Empire” (the book’s definite highpoint) informs us that the First American Rebellion, led by General Benedict Arnold, was squashed by George Washington. Later in the timeline, Robert E. Lee leads the rebel forces in the Second American Rebellion.

The book is full, as expected, of these little historical jokes. That’s what makes alternate histories fun. But the actual story – Commander Robert Rogers, the titular American, leading British forces to the colonial planet Tau Ceti to quell a rebellion, is less than stellar.

Reviewed By:

Author Steve White
Star Count 2.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 240 pages
Publisher Baen
Publish Date 2018-09-04
ISBN 9781481483421
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Issue Mar-19
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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