Return Engagement  
Author Harry Turtledove
Language English
Series Southern Victory
Genre(s) Alternate history
Publisher Del Rey
Publication date August 2004
Preceded by The Victorious Opposition
Followed by Drive to the East

Settling Acounts: Return Engagement is a novel by Harry Turtledove published by Del Rey in 2004. It is part of the Settling Accounts tetralogy, and the eighth volume overall in the Southern Victory series.


On the early morning of June 22, 1941, Confederate President Jake Featherston commences Operation Blackbeard, the invasion of the United States. Despite the growing signs of war approaching (such as the Confederacy's rearmament and moving troops into Kentucky and Houston after the plebiscite of 1941), the Confederacy takes the U.S. by surprise and quickly forces their way up through Ohio to the Great Lakes, cutting the United States in half. A U.S. counterattack in Virginia, led by Daniel MacArthur, is easily stopped by George Patton. Featherston had been confident that a quick blow would force U.S. President Al Smith into surrendering. However, Smith remains determined to carry on with the war up till his death in a Confederate bombing run over Philadelphia. The novel ends with Smith's Vice President, Charles La Follette, becoming the new President.

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