Stars & Stripes Triumphant

Stars & Stripes Triumphant

Harry Harrison

Synopsis of Stars & Stripes Triumphant

In England, Irish-born citizens are being herded into prison camps. On the high seas, a furious British Navy is seizing American cargo ships bound for Europe. And on the Thames, a new weapon of unparalleled destructive force is sailing toward an impregnable city'spearheaded by a daring act of espionage. For U.S. president Abraham Lincoln, Britain's Queen Victoria, Lord Palmerston, and a loyal opposition, a day of reckoning is at hand . . . and so is history's most astounding battle.

Harry Harrison's Series of alternate history, based on the U.S. Civil War, stands as a provocative work of imagination, drama, and brilliant historical insight. Now in the thrilling finale, Harrison tells a stunning, action-packed story of America's rapidly growing military might being locked, loaded, and aimed at the heart of England itself.

For the two countries that share a language and a heritage, the conflict began at the dawn of the U.S. Civil War. Just as America was about to tear itself to pieces, Britain itself committed an act of war by seizing a U.S. packet ship. In retaliation, the Confederate States rejoined the Union and took up arms against England. Repulsing a British invasion, and defeating her majesty's army first in Canada, then in Mexico, then in Ireland, American pride and power swelled. Britain, like a wounded lion, howled in shame and anger. Now, Queen Victoria's empire is more dangerous than ever before, turning against the Irish on her own soil, flexing her naval might, and all but forcing a weary President Lincoln to Authorize the next step in a headlong journey toward war.

A tale of daring and strategy, Stars and Stripes Triumphant explores how arrogance turns superpowers into victims, how regional conflicts can explode into world wars, and how the personalities of a few men and women can change the course of history itself...for better or for worse.

Reviews of Stars & Stripes Triumphant


...this third installment in the Stars & Stripes Series offers a swift and pleasant read. -- A.M. Dellamonica,

Harry Harrison, the master storyteller of alternate history will stir the fervor of readers as a fictitious United States manages to triumph over its most powerful enemy. -- Harriet Klausner, BooksNBytes

I'm not often drawn in by Alternate History stories of "might have been", having more than enough trouble sorting out the history of the universe I find myself in, but I did enjoy this romp. -- Ernest Lilley, SFRevu

Harrison's writing is tight and he throws in enough danger to keep the reader fascinated. -- BooksForABuck

Stars and Stripes Triumphant finishes this Series well. -- Cindy Lynn Speer, SF Site

The basic concept is clever and could have made an entertaining Series, but the particulars are improbable, even absurd, and there is no characterization whatsoever. -- Robert I Katz, Infinity Plus