Northern Fury

Discussion in 'Alternate History Books and Media' started by Joel Radunzel, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. Joel Radunzel Member

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    Northern Fury: H-Hour, an alternate history novel of the late Cold War, is available for purchase on Amazon.

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    The novel posits a scenario where the August Coup of 1991 succeeds, leading eventually to World War III.

    From the back cover:

    August 1991. Soviet hardliner Pavel Medvedev knows that only bloodshed can save the USSR from complete collapse. With violence breaking out in the streets of Moscow, few realize that he is piloting the Soviet Union on a collision course with its deadliest enemy yet: NATO. US Marine Colonel Robert Buckner, passed over for a coveted command, takes a post working for Vice Admiral Falkner on his way to retirement. As the world lurching towards World War III, he finds his way towards a panoramic view of the unfolding crisis with a pivotal role to play. War breaks out across the globe, but the pin falls in the far north, where soldiers and civilians alike must battle not just the enemy, but the unforgiving elements. With arsenals of high-tech weapons loosed in both directions, the ultimate reward may not be victory, but survival. H-Hour is the first book of the Northern Fury series, which tells the alternate history of World War III's northern front through the eyes of those who lived it.

    About the authors:

    Bart Gauvin
    is a veteran of more than thirty-years of service as an artillery officer in the Canadian Army. In his free time, he builds exciting scenarios set in the Northern Fury universe for the war game Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations. He resides with his wife, Tammy, and two distracting pugs in Ontario, Canada.

    Joel Radunzel is a veteran of more than ten years' service in the US Army. As a kid, he occasionally provided cover for his missionary parents to smuggle Bibles through the Iron Curtain into Eastern Europe. He resides wherever the US Army sends him, along with his wife Jill and growing passel of kids.
     
  2. Faeelin Lord of Ten Thousand Years

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    How does this end without everyone dying or the Russian army selling its boots for vodka?
     
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  3. La Rouge Beret Well-Known Member

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    I'm reading it now and the characterisation is good.
     
  4. Joel Radunzel Member

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    I lived in Russia in the immediate aftermath of the collapse of the USSR. The Russian military was certainly in a sorry state, with troops digging for potatoes in the fields outside their bases just to eat and pawning off equipment to the highest bidder. People forget, though, that the US military was also in a sorry state in the immediate aftermath of the Vietnam War, unable to execute complex operations and officers needing MP escorts just to go to their soldiers' barracks. Our book posits a scenario where strong leadership during the August Coup manages to hold the USSR together and rapidly reform the Red Army.
     
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  5. Joel Radunzel Member

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    Glad you're enjoying it!
     
  6. Joel Radunzel Member

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    Check out this blog post, a sample chapter from early in the book that explains how the timeline in our story diverges from the OTL: Reporting on the world of 1992
     
  7. Faeelin Lord of Ten Thousand Years

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    Assuming that the US performance in the Gulf War, and not Vietnam, is how we should judge the USA, then it still begs the question of why everyone doesn't follow their war plans that entail massive use of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.

    I get that you didn't want to ride a thread about your neighbors bleeding to death internally from radiation, though.
     
  8. Joel Radunzel Member

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    Hi Faeelin, good question. On the Soviet side of our story, the charismatic leader who takes the reins of the faltering USSR believes strongly that nuclear war is a sure path to destruction for all involved and takes great pains to make sure the aims of the conflict are limited.

    On the NATO side, the conflict takes place when the west is experiencing some whiplash after thinking that the Cold War was over. I think by the mid nineties most people in the west, certainly many of the leaders, did not have the stomach to risk a nuclear exchange.

    We address the issues obliquely in the story of the book but the nuclear brinksmanship of the conflict will start to become more pronounced in the next two books.