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Turnover Point   By: (1921-2004)

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In Turnover Point by Alfred Coppel, readers are transported to a near-future world on the brink of a global catastrophe. Coppel’s novel combines elements of science fiction with political intrigue and personal drama, creating a captivating and thought-provoking narrative.

Set in the 21st century, the story revolves around the escalating tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union. Desperate to reclaim their position as a global superpower, the Soviets devise a sinister plan to cripple America's economy. Their target? The Panama Canal – a vital trade route that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Coppel’s writing is meticulous and detailed, painting a vivid picture of the geopolitical landscape. His extensive research is evident, and the intricacies of political negotiations, military strategies, and top-secret operations are described with remarkable clarity. The author’s ability to seamlessly integrate intricate plot threads is truly commendable, making the story both plausible and compelling.

Amidst the complex political dynamics, Coppel crafts a cast of deeply human characters that readers will effortlessly connect with. We follow Colonel Otto Carrera, a dedicated military officer assigned with the task of preventing the Soviet plan from coming to fruition. Carrera’s internal struggles and personal sacrifices add depth to his character, allowing readers to experience the toll of duty and the weight of responsibility alongside him.

The pacing of the plot is relentless, delivering a series of nail-biting moments and unexpected twists that keep readers engaged from start to finish. Coppel brilliantly balances high-stakes action sequences with introspective moments, creating a rollercoaster of emotions that leaves a lasting impact. The author’s ability to maintain suspense while unveiling layers of political intrigue is masterful, making Turnover Point a true page-turner.

One of the novel’s standout aspects is its exploration of the moral dilemmas faced by the characters. Coppel delves into the themes of sacrifice, patriotism, and the blurred lines between right and wrong. These complex ethical questions provide fodder for introspection and make the narrative resonate long after the final page.

If there is one minor criticism to be made, it would be the occasional shift in focus from the main storyline. While these deviations do contribute to the overall world-building and character development, they may distract some readers from the primary plot.

In conclusion, Turnover Point is a gripping and intellectually stimulating novel that seamlessly blends politics, espionage, and personal struggles. Alfred Coppel’s attention to detail, well-crafted characters, and tightly woven plot make this book a must-read for fans of both science fiction and political thrillers. It is a testament to the author’s mastery of the genre and his ability to keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

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This etext was produced from Amazing Stories April May 1953. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.



Illustrator: EMSH

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