I very much enjoyed the approach taken with these books and also with the conclusion as it was not where I thought this saga would end up. I choose the word saga, as I do not believe this will be the end of the story since the world created has much more potential. Overall I thought the author was true to his characters and that the conflicts and resolutions were in keeping with the combatants at the time. On a side note, without giving it away, I thought for sure I knew who the guilty party was regarding an atrocity committed in part I, but as usual, I was wrong.
That entire story line could make an interesting read on it's own. This is an excellent alternative history series and I was very glad I purchased them. I am moving on to Stalin's Hammer, which I understand to be more of a, "set in the same universe," type of story more so than a sequel, but I do not care. If John Birmingham wrote it, I am sure it will be terrific! I do like how the author has mixed 'old' tech with the 'new' [modern] tech in the series, especially this book. He has done a good job of it so far. I also like how the author has included dates with each chapter.
I think it helps the narrative; it helps create a sense of what is happening and how much time has elapsed. The first two books did not have this 'feature' and it showed. It bugs me to no end that the Allies 'are so far behind' in the technological race [as it were] and yet Thots so far: It bugs me to no end that the Allies 'are so far behind' in the technological race [as it were] and yet the Germans and Russians 'are so far ahead' with no justification for it. This novel takes place eighteen months [nearly two years] after the second novel; it is during the time when America's industrial base is geared up for wartime production, yet it seems to have made no difference.
Yet the Russians are supposed to have created advanced testing centers out in the middle of nowhere and created advanced tech faster than the rest of the world?
You think you know how things are going to work out but you're left with enough doubts and misgivings that you just have to carry on to the next page, the next chapter Then there is the background information immersed in the details of the actual events giving the readers a flavor of actions. The final surprise, the identification of the murderer of two military personnel who were part of the time traveling taskforce was a fitting end to the series. I thought that it was very indicative of the journey and the role of the characters - they were pulled out of their own time in which they had been fighting a war that has gone on for 20 years, with no end in sight. Only 1 left in stock - order soon. And as an example of cross-cultural pollination, the author has a scene with music playing on the radio, a disco tune, Born to be Alive, covered by Glenn Miller and his big band.
Not to come across as judgmental, but this is the hardest part of the book to swallow, and it is kind of ruining it for me. I'm about halfway through the book - I figure I should finish it in the next day or so.
Hopefully it gets better. Oooooh, that was a dirty trick! And I thought she had died! By a German execution squad, no less!
I should have known my joy was for naught! We learn she's the only survivor a couple of pages later; her advanced future-armor [sounds funny, saying that] saved her miserable hide [drat it all! There was something about that scene in the book; I loved it.
I think it was the best scene for far. I actually 'liked' it more, by the end, than I did the second book and even the first book. I liked it enough to give it three stars. Maybe it has to do with view spoiler [three Bs hide spoiler ] being view spoiler [used to nuke Berlin off the face of the Earth, I don't know; it was hide spoiler ] too cool, though, or with view spoiler [the Japanese kamikaze carrier being allowed to 'nuke' the Russian nuclear facility off the face of the Earth before being sunk, setting back the Russian program indefinitely and hide spoiler ] 'making things right' [so to speak].
I still do not agree with the 'ultimate ending' to the book, personally view spoiler [with the Russians controlling "four-fifths" of the world. The 'temps' know what the Communists are like; there is no way they would have allowed the Russians to remain in power like they did at the end of the book hide spoiler ].
It was an odd book, for being about World War II. Obviously the book could not have an overall broad focus; we only get snippets letting us know that the war is still being fought in other parts of the globe. It was so 'focused' in its narrative that it made it seem like the War had devolved to specific locales and nowhere else. If it were not for those snippets, then it would no longer have seemed to have been a global conflict any longer.
I did appreciate that it was not so focused on the 'political agendas' of the author like the first two books. The second book seemed to bog down in the minutia of 'civilian life' like the first book did, ignoring the fact that a war was going on. The uptimers, while being the 'saviors' of the world [as it were] were shown to have their own foibles and weaknesses and imperfections, which was 'nice' on the one hand.
There did not seem to be as many consequences for their actions, though, when they disobeyed orders and 'took the law into their own hands' because it was more expedient to do so. I was actually "sad" [disappointed] at one point in the book view spoiler [: I was hoping Yamamoto would survive with his fleet of four to six battleships and remaining carrier.
I get it why the battleships were sunk, on the one hand, but it still seemed 'stupid' and hypocritical, considering they were letting the German Army survive and move to the East to fight the Russians. So it really should not have been any different, on the one hand, to have let Yamamoto and his forces live. But what is life, if not chock full of stupid decisions and hypocrisy hide spoiler ]. I guess it was a decent series. Eighteen months did pass between the second and third book, so perhaps the Russian improvements were more feasible than I give them credit for. It just seemed like the United States still had one hand tied behind its back in the narrative whereas the Nazis and the Communists had everything going their way [for a while].
Obviously, it had to stop for the Nazis, as they still are shown as losing the War. References were continually made to ensure the United States never becoming beholden to the House of Saud like they had become in the original timeline. I also think it is crap that they were reported as moving into India, which was still a part of the British Empire at the time. It seems to me that would have been [should have been] viewed as an 'act of war' on the part of the Communists and justified Allied retaliation against them.
It ended on a better note than I thought it would [based on the first two books in the series and how they bogged down on stupid details that really had nothing to do with the story]. The war for the future has begun I will start by saying that I love alternate history.
Harry Turtledove is in my top 5 authors. This trilogy by John Birmingham is as gripping to me as the Worldwar series was. The way the story moved ahead at a brisk pace without a lot of embellishments was just right. Characters were hard because of the future they came from but they have some humanity. I like how historical characters were portrayed and shocked at what happened to some. One has to suspend some d The war for the future has begun I will start by saying that I love alternate history.
One has to suspend some disbelief when reading books like this and for some things it was kind of hard for example that it took two years from arrival in the past to build a B I really enjoyed the series, highly recommended. Mar 27, Louise Potterton rated it it was amazing. Aug 02, Nicci rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The format is setup like a diary with date and time, a leading topic sentence in metaphoric style to start the scene.
Then there is the background information immersed in the details of the actual events giving the readers a flavor of actions. The author introduced a slightly different format for Book Two: I read some complaints some readers missed the format of the fir I really enjoyed reading this series consisting of Weapons of Choice, Designated Targets, and Final Impact.
I read some complaints some readers missed the format of the first book. It came back with the third and last of the series. What is so cool about the American led Multinational 21st ships was the meeting its counterpart, the US Task Force heading to Midway to fight the Japanese navy. The 21st ships had built in Combat Intelligent technology. Combat units spoke with a particular personality. Have the capacity to design defensive attacks without human interference, as with the situation of the armada crew being unconscious resulting from transportation through the wormhole.
The not so cool but granted awesome for a science fiction story, the CI units practically wiped out the US Task Force with the wonder of laser rays, rockets, and missiles multitasked to hit multiple targets. Of course, once the commanders of the 21st became conscious and aware of the situation, they immediately obliged the 21st armada to the Americans to continue the fight in WW II.
To be fair and to level the playing field, Japan, Germany, and Russia captured their own 21st century ships to their joy and detriment. Searching through historical archives, they discovered they would lose the war. They will set about changing history, which ultimately leads them straight to a predetermined fate.
On those ships, blacks, Hispanics, Asians especially Japanese, women, people of any color, gender, nationality, and sexual orientation are in position of authority as part of the of the year social construct. One can imagine the major undertaking of acceptance or more likely unacceptable attitudes towards these people.
Imagine a Japanese Commander committing horrible crimes against women and children taking a terrible beating from a woman naval security officer. God Help us, are all the women from her day like this? Hee, yes we are like that. Mind bending I read many, many, many books - John Birmingham pulls you in after the first chapter and doesn't let you go until the very end. This leaves you wondering where to now? I have only read the trilogy and I'm looking forward to the other offshoots to the series. Dec 18, Tim Hicks rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Third of three in the Axis of Time series. It's a good fast read. I suspect it was researched thoroughly but written hastily. Some characters are well developed, others are cardboard caricatures.
Editorial Reviews. Review. An excellent page-turner Final Impact: World War (Axis of Time Trilogy) - Kindle edition by John Birmingham. Download it once . Final Impact is the third volume of John Birmingham's Axis of Time trilogy. Contents. 1 Plot summary; 2 Historical characters featured. British Commonwealth; Germany; Japan; USA; USSR The Axis Powers give in to unconditional surrender, ending the war in June , but the damage has been done.
Admiral King continues so be so ludicrous that I want to throw the book across the room every time he appears. Kolhammer and Jones are impossibly competent in a Heinleinesque way; perhaps it's a tribute. Author was careful to explain how ship A could communicate with ship B miles away, but didn't te Third of three in the Axis of Time series. Author was careful to explain how ship A could communicate with ship B miles away, but didn't tell us how they pulled off a worldwide videoconference without having satellites, especially when he explicitly mentions their lack a few pages later.
At the end, they are talking about dividing Japan. We're told that the Good Guys will get Tokyo, as if that matters when the city was completely destroyed about ten pages earlier. There's some sloppy editing. A character struggles to breath not breathe ; the Japanese missiles are sometimes Ohkas, sometimes Okhas; and there wee several other sloppy bits that a copy editor should have caught.
I understand that there's an audience for that. Things happen that need to happen, and in reasonably plausible ways, but as guts hang out, people are turned to a "pink mist", and gory deaths abound, I get the feeling that the author was enjoying himself a little too much; if he were reading the book to us he'd say, "Hoo-hah, here comes a juicy bit!
You eat them all, and they're tasty, but later you wonder if you couldn't have used the day's calories better. Feb 19, Allen Garvin rated it liked it. A fleet from gets thrown back in time to right before Midway. The first two books were very intelligent, but were basically alternative-history-technothrillers. This last one is darker and ambivalent. It's two years since the previous book. At the end of the last, the Soviets and Germans agreed to a cease fire because of the threat of the western democracies.
Now, 2 years later, the Japanese invaded Australi inal book in a trilogy that included Weapons of Choice and Designated Targets. Now, 2 years later, the Japanese invaded Australia and Hawaii, but got repelled. The allied invasion into France is just starting.
Other reviews noted the large number of plot points which had not been addressed properly, and the disjointed narrative structure used to depict the war. Technical feasibility is another issue. In the story, the USSR is able to create a large reactor which produces enough plutonium for use in a bomb, all in the span of just two years. In reality, this is extremely unfeasible. The reason has to do not merely with scientific understanding, but shortages of raw materials and industrial capacity. For instance, the Soviets did not have any existing mines which could supply the huge quantities of uranium necessary for a reactor.
Nor did they have the chemical plants needed to process it into the metallic form required for a reactor. Or the chemical plants that could churn out graphite of high enough purity to use as a neutron moderator. These same issues are what plagued the real life Soviet nuclear program. Such obstacles were recognized in a GKO memorandum as far back as November , which ordered a uranium mine and a chemical processing plant among other items to be constructed. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the book. For the unrelated film, see Final Impact film. Works by John Birmingham.
Without Warning After America. Likewise these 21st century warriors - men and women of all races and colours - are constantly confronted by the bigotry and hostility endemic in Meanwhile, along with all this lethal firepower arriving from 80 years in the future, the ships contain databases full of information, so Hitler, Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill and the rest are able to see how the war is supposed to have turned out, and for the losers this presents an opportunity to do everything possible to change history.
The key to victory, each side is convinced, is to be the first to build an atomic arsenal; there's no need for the Rosenbergs - all the Allied and Axis powers now know the secrets of the atom, and the arms race is well and truly on. And so Birmingham sets up his most intriguing conundrum. Under Stalin's ruthless brutality, the Soviet Union races ahead as a military super power. Learning of the eventual victory of the West over Soviet communism and the negation of all he stood for, Stalin is determined to prevent it.
Seeing his superior military might, both Germany and Japan seek alliances with the Allies against the Soviets. But the Nazi death camps, the Final Solution, Changi and Bataan death marches have happened, not in the past but in this present.
Knowing about these, but also about the eventual emergence of the Cold War and the threat of nuclear annihilation, can Britain, the US, Australia and the rest break off hostilities against their hated foes in order to prevent future conflicts against the USSR?