Red Inferno
By Robert Conroy
Reviewed by Arthur Hempred_inferno.jpg

"Victory belongs to the most perservering"- Napoleon Bonaparte

Red Inferno begins toward the end of WW II, after Russia has taken Berlin and Hitler is dead. However, it begins to deviate from history when a head-strong American general wants his country to get credit for ending the Nazi reign over Europe; Russia sees this as a threat and declares war on America and all of its allies while it finishes off what is left of Germany. America is forced to fight against Russia and Japan as well as communists on the home front. In Europe the Allies are being forced back out of Germany, allowing Russia to begin its plans to conquer Europe. The story is told from the point of view of many characters that were all in some way involved in the war, including famous and infamous leaders during WW II. The novel has many characters but focuses on these five:
Col. Burke- A former professor of Russian history who gets closer to the war than he ever intended to.
Jack Logan- A sergeant who is trapped in the town of Potsdam with his company and a group of German refugees.
Sergi Suslov- A Russian tank commander fighting against the Americans while struggling with the difficulties of fighting for the Red Army.
Tony “The Toad”- An American tank driver who gets trapped behind enemy lines searching for a way back to safety.
Billy Tolliver- A Lieutenant trying to fight back the seemingly endless wave of Russians from entering Europe.

The author of Red Inferno, Robert Conroy, is a professor of economic history who is fascinated by history, and especially what could have happened during major historical events such as wars. He has written five novels about alternate history; three of them about WW II, one about WW I, and one about the Civil War.

Red Inferno was a rare find for me; I had never heard of the author and almost decided not to get it, but I’m glad I did. Its genre could be best described as a war/historical-fiction novel, with some elements of romance and a spy thriller developing later in the story; It's an all around awesome war story.

Red Inferno gives a fascinating, as well as frightening, look at how history could have changed due to a single event. Its heros are likeable and will make you want to cheer them on, and its ruthless villains who will stop at nothing. I liked the way the plot plays out and its alternating characters let you better understand what's going on all over the world. Every time I put the book down I wanted to pick it up and see how things would turn out in the end, and I had to try my best not to skip through to see what happens to one of the characters. I would suggest this book to anyone who is a fan of history or war novels, especially WWII or Tom Clancy novels; it really makes you think about how people affect history everyday.

Jack Logan's theme song:
Get Us Home by The Panics

"Our life's a stage, a comedy: either learn to play and take it lightly,
or bear its troubles patiently."
- Palladas

"A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end...
but not necessarily in that order."
- Jean-Luc Godard

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
- Thomas A. Edison

"What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a
friend to myself."
- Hecato
For a long time, I didn't really like myself. I hated how I looked, how I sound, how I thought, I hated that I wasn't smarter, or stronger, or that I didn't have someone else's life. I also thought how I saw myself was how everyone else saw me and it made me feel worse; the only thing I could do is not think about myself too much, so I didn't really express myself. I always thought of myself and remembered myself for the bad things that happened to me and not the good I’ve done. It took me a while to see things from my friend’s point of view and ask why they like me; it helped me change how I viewed myself and I started noticing the good things about myself. I wouldn’t think of myself as an idiot for getting something on a test wrong because I did all the other things right and I could see that everyone else made mistakes too; I was able to admit that I’m only human and will always be flawed and that I would need to accept that. Now I wouldn’t change anything about myself; I like me.

"Let thy words be few."
- Ecclesiastes 5:2