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The Divide is a 1980 alternate history novel by William Overgard.

Plot introduction

A group of American Resistance fighters attempt to spark a revolution at a summit meeting between Hitler and Tojo celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Axis Victory in World War Two.

The book begins on July 4th, 1976. A Japanese General is visiting China Lake, California, the site of his victory over General George Patton during World War Two. A bomb planted on a horse explodes killing the General, and a mysterious Cowboy is seen in the area.

The cowboy is Cooper, who travelling with his adopted father Wayne Stubbs, and a young native american woman named Chula travel to a hidden base in the Rocky Mountains. The base, known as the National Redoubt, is commanded by the last U.S. Army General. General Buckwesson, who at thirty eight was the youngest four star general in history, was given orders by the last American President, Burton K. Wheeler, to set up a base in the Rockies, and complete the Manhattan Project in hopes that the first Atomic Bomb would some day liberate the country. Buckwesson, comfortable in his fortress, has no intention of sparking a revolution despite the unique opportunity that has recently arisen.

A senile Hitler and a retired Tojo are meeting in the geographic center of the now divided United States. Cooper and younger members of the resistance plan on attacking the event, and Lisa Blum, daughter of the last head of the Manhattan Project, sugests using the only Atomic Bomb in the world.


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