Never On These Shores by Stephen R. Pastore

neverontheseshores1942: The Nazis have successfully landed in Mexico and have invaded the United States through Texas. The Japanese have conquered western Canada and have captures and occupied most of the West Coast from Seattle to the outskirts of Los Angeles. The Italians have launched a massive amphibious assault from Cuba and have taken control of Florida and the Southeast as far north as Atlanta. New Your City and Washington D.C. are fortifying and preparing for the onslaught.

American forces are stranded on Europe and Southeast Asia. The homeland is being defended neighborhood to neighborhood by women, the elderly and gay men, all ineligible for military service. The KKK and Right Wing radicals are supporting the invaders helping to establish concentration camps where Blacks and Jews are being transported all over the western U.S.

I tried to like this book. Really. I did. But the more and more I read, the more I came to dislike it.

I had a hard time liking the main character Lillian, a woman who lives in New York with her ex-Jewish husband, Dean, whom she cheats on. The novel is broken not not chapters but snipped from every one’s lives and the only “clips” from San Fransisco I enjoyed where the first two. And I don’t believe Jason and his grandfather were given their dues when they retaliated against the Italian invaders.

On the other hand, I did like the parts from Dallas. Not only were they fast paced, but they really explored Nazism in America. In once clip, the Nazi invaders have turned Fair Park into a concentration camp for blacks. And, for once, I actually understood where everything was, instead of being confused like I was about San Fransisco, since I’ve never been there.

For a book that holds so much promise, it sure was a let down.

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Book Mentioned:

  • Pastore, Stephen R. Never On These Shores. Clarks Summit, PA: Cohort Press, 2007. Print. 288 pgs. ISBN: 0977719626. Source: Advanced review copy.
Book Cover © Cohert Press. Retrieved: April 20, 2008.

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