I have been reading your books with great joy for nearly twenty years. The first book of yours that I read was the wonderful "Guns of The South". That started my journey through your work that, up until fairly recently I have enjoyed immensely. Since 1992, I have taken one of your novels (whichever is most recent at the time) on vacation when my wife and I would travel to someplace away from our busy lives,and spend days having the time to read quietly... whether it was on the sandy white beaches of Montego Bay Jamaica (which is where I read the first two Worldwar novels), or Disney World, where I just finished reading "Htiler's War". Your books were always a great avenue for my interest in history as well as the fanciful, and well-researched and thought-out alternatives of the way things could have been.
I wish that I could say that I loved you most recent effort, but that would be dishonest. To be blunt, sir, this story, while starting at an interesting point, was formulaic to the point of being repetitive crap. Your point-of-view characters all sound identical to each other, and identical to so many other characters in your other novels.
I always had the impression that you used the similarities of your characters as a vehicle to illustrate the sameness of humanity, no matter our religion, nationality, or social status, but it has come to the point of tedium.
In this particular novel, the characters were so thin, they may as well been made of tissue paper. The plot, which should have been interesting, is plodding. The arc of the story was hollow. I realize that this will turn into another long series in which you take three or four volumes to tell the tale, but I shan't be reading the rest. I shan't finish because I don't think that you care. Either you don't care about getting this story told, or your publisher just wants to drag things out... which would explain the ending of "Hitler's War".
I am fully aware, Dr. Turtledove, that you are a professional writer, and as such, you need to write regularly to make a living. I appreciate that, but I wish I had the impression that you were at least making something of an effort to entertain your fans.
In the past several years, you have retold the American Civil War in several different ways. Likewise the Second World War ad nauseum. Perhaps it is time to write about something else.