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Bear Hug – Buying Time
by J. Wes Watson

Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

Bear Hug - Buying TimeBear Hug: Buying Time is a fascinating alternative history novel from the talented author, J. Wes Watson. Set during the post-World War Two time period, in Watson’s take on the events that transpired at the August 1944 Conference in Potsdam, Joseph Stalin decides that it is his time to act and make his mark on the world stage. In essence, Stalin replaces Hitler as a threat in an ongoing war, seeking to conquer all of Europe before the Allies can regroup and react fast enough to stop him.

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In Bear Hug: Buying Time, Watson, who is a retired Army intelligence officer, writes about the post-World War Two alternative history scenario in stark and realistic terms. Watson colorfully describes the dramatic aftermath of Hitler’s, and Germany’s, defeat, as Stalin rallies his forces and rolls across Europe in his quest of dominance.