- Settling Accounts: Drive to the East
Settling Accounts: Drive to the East
Cover of Hodder & Stoughton 2005 paperback edition
Author(s) Harry Turtledove Country United States Language English Series Settling Accounts series Genre(s) Alternate History Publication date August 2005 Media type Print (Paperback & Hardback) ISBN 0-345-45724-2 OCLC Number 56955875 Dewey Decimal 813/.6 22 LC Classification PS3570.U76 S473 2005 Preceded by Settling Accounts: Return Engagement Followed by Settling Accounts: The Grapple
Drive to the East is the second book in Harry Turtledove's Settling Accounts series of alternate history novels. It is set in an analog of World War II in North America, fought between the United States and Confederate States. It was released in August 2005. It follows Return Engagement and precedes The Grapple in the tetralogy. It takes the Southern Victory Series Earth from 1942 to 1943.
As the title suggests, it involves that world's version of the invasion of Russia and the battle of Stalingrad with a Confederate push from occupied Ohio into Pittsburgh, codenamed Operation Coalscuttle. It also involves analogues of the Battle of Midway, the Manhattan Project, and the Holocaust.
By the summer of 1942, the U.S. push under General Daniel MacArthur into northern Virginia has stalled in the face of fierce opposition. This allows General George Patton to concentrate his forces in Ohio for a renewed push into western Pennsylvania. Aided by improved armor and assault tactics, his troops quickly advance across eastern Ohio to Pittsburgh's outskirts. However Brigadier General Irving Morrell, who now commands the U.S. defense of the Ohio Front, prevents the CSA from enveloping Pittsburgh as planned and forces them into a street to street fight.
Meanwhile, Jeff Pinkard enjoys rapid advancement through the Freedom Party hierarchy as he begins to develop the machinery required to implement Jake Featherston's Final Solution to the Negro problem. His Camp Determination is now so efficient that it is able to swallow and extinguish the entire Negro population of Jackson, Mississippi as reprisals against local insurgents. In Augusta's now ghettoized Negro district, Scipio, a former slave and communist rebel during the Great War, manages for a time to skirt the ever increasing terror descending across the CSA's Negro population. Eventually, he too, is swallowed up and finds himself in a cattle car heading towards a bleak future. Elsewhere in Georgia, captured U.S fighter pilot Jonathon Moss escapes from a POW camp and joins a small band of Negro rebels.
At sea, Lt. Sam Carsten's ship, USS Remembrance, is sunk by a Japanese carrier attack and the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) are threatened with capture. Nevertheless, he finds himself promoted and placed in charge of a destroyer escort, where he spends time patrolling Atlantic sea lanes and engaging in special operations. George Enos' destroyer is nearly sunk in an engagement near Japanese-held Midway due to lack of sea-borne air power. However, when two escort carriers manage to reach Oahu, the tide begins to turn. In a climactic battle, George's fleet sinks a Japanese carrier guarding Midway.
In this history, the Pacific War against Japan is treated as essentially a sideshow, getting only a trickle of resources - since the US is facing a dangerous invasion of its industrial heartland. Strategic aims in the Pacific are confined to recapturing Midway to remove the threat to the Sandwich Islands, and characters consider the idea of conducting an island-hopping war all the way to the Japanese home islands (as the US did in World War II) as an unrealistic fantasy. Also, in this history, the Philippines are a long-standing and recognized possession of the Japanese, which they had wrested from Spain and to which the US lays no claim.
Under cover of an early November storm, General Morrell leads an armored breakthrough against poorly equipped Mexican troops protecting Patton's flank. Joining up with another salient coming out of West Virginia, he traps the bulk of Patton's army, and drives deep into Ohio. Featherston, beginning an apparent descent into madness, gives the trapped army maniacal orders to hold its ground rather than attempt a breakout. When the promised resupply by air fails, Patton is ordered to escape by air and CSA resistance near Pittsburgh collapses. The sequence of events is similar to that which led to the destruction of the German Sixth Army in Stalingrad during our timeline's World War II.
Jonathan Moss spends most of the book as a frustrated POW held at Andersonville, Georgia, under conditions unpleasant but far more tolerable than of the infamous Civil War POW camp of the same location. He and others manage to escape after a tornado blows down the camp's fences. He and another escaped POW join a black guerrilla band whose capable leader took up the name nom de guerre Spartacus. During a raid on Plains, Georgia Moss kills Jimmy Carter - here a young Confederate naval officer on leave trying to rally the townspeople against the raiding blacks.
General Abner Dowling is transferred from the Virginia front, to take up command of the 11th Army and open a new front by invading Texas and preventing the Confederates from moving forces from there to reinforce the main front around Pittsburgh. By February 1943, his forces are approaching Lubbock, Texas and - still unknown to himself, but highly alarming for Pinkard and the Freedom Party High Command - threatening to capture Camp Determination and expose its litany of horrors. Both sides are working desperately to develop an atomic weapon, although the US is slightly in the lead. Featherston's growing incapacity raises suspicions and leads Generals Clarence Potter and Nathan Bedford Forrest III to consider a plot to overthrow him.
Works by Harry Turtledove Videssos booksVidessos cycleThe Misplaced Legion · An Emperor for the Legion · The Legion of Videssos · The Swords of the LegionThe Tale of KrisposKrispos Rising · Krispos of Videssos · Krispos the EmperorTime of TroublesThe Stolen Throne · Hammer and Anvil · The Thousand Cities · Videssos BesiegedThe Bridge of the Separator The Race or
Worldwar seriesWorldwar TetralogyIn the Balance · Tilting the Balance · Upsetting the Balance · Striking the BalanceColonization TrilogySecond Contact · Down to Earth · AftershocksHomeward Bound
a.k.a. Timeline-191Second Mexican WarGreat War TrilogyAmerican Front · Walk in Hell · BreakthroughsAmerican Empire TrilogyBlood and Iron · The Center Cannot Hold · The Victorious OppositionSettling Accounts TetralogyReturn Engagement · Drive to the East · The Grapple · In at the Death
Darkness War Between the ProvincesSentry Peak · Marching Through Peachtree · Advance and Retreat Hellenic Traders Crosstime Traffic Days of Infamy seriesDays of Infamy · End of the Beginning Scepter of MercyThe Bastard King · The Chernagor Pirates · The Scepter's Return Opening of the WorldBeyond the Gap · The Breath of God · The Golden Shrine Atlantis seriesOpening Atlantis · The United States of Atlantis · Liberating Atlantis The War That Came EarlyHitler's War · West and East · The Big Switch Non-series booksAgent of Byzantium · Between the Rivers · The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump · Conan of Venarium · Counting Up, Counting Down · Departures · A Different Flesh · Down in the Bottomlands · Earthgrip · Every Inch a King · Fort Pillow · Give Me Back My Legions! · The Guns of the South · Household Gods · In the Presence of Mine Enemies · Justinian · Kaleidoscope · The Man with the Iron Heart · Noninterference · Reincarnations · Ruled Britannia · Thessalonica · The Two Georges · A World Of Difference
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