|Proteus Operation, the (1985) [Novel]|
by James P. Hogan
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By 1974, as the novel begins, the iron heel of Fascism has subjugated Europe, Asia, and South America, and Africa has been devastated by a genocidal war. Only in North America does freedom survive and the threat of war is imminent.
Democracy has only one last, desperate hope--Operation Proteus: a top-secret project to send a team of experts back in time to an era when freedom was still possible, to alter the outcome of history. Yet when they arrive in the U.S. in 1939, their mission seems all but hopeless. Europe is blind to the Nazi threat, and America is lost in economic depression and isolationism.
In the face of daunting odds, the Proteus team commences its mission. A delegation of diplomats travel to London to contact the one man they believe might rouse England to action: an aging, semi-retired M.P. named Winston Churchill. A group of scientists attempt to contact the most brilliant minds of the day--Teller, Fermi, Einstein--to reveal to them a new source of energy that could turn the tide of the war. And on the tough, crime-ridden waterfront docks of Brooklyn, a group of crack commandos prepare for a deadly mission behind enemy lines. a mission for the highest stakes of all--the future of the human race.
Based on the author's extensive research into the history and politics of the time, The Proteus Operation is a revealing view of a few crucial months when the era's most powerful figures held the destiny of the world in their hands. It is a vividly realized novel of heroism and adventure. It is also a very human story of a group of men and women stranded outside their own time, learning to live and love, fighting to save a world they may never live to see.
Original title: The Proteus Operation
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ World Versions→ Time Travel
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ World Versions→ Alternate Histories