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At the bloody height of World War II, the deadliest enemies in all of human history were forced to put aside their hatreds and unite against an even fiercer foe: a seemingly invincible power bent on world domination.With awesome technology, the aggressors swept across the planet, sowing destruction as Tokyo, Berlin, and Washington, D.C., were A-bombed into submission. RussAt the bloody height of World War II, the deadliest enemies in all of human history were forced to put aside their hatreds and unite against an even fiercer foe: a seemingly invincible power bent on world domination.With awesome technology, the aggressors swept across the planet, sowing destruction as Tokyo, Berlin, and Washington, D.C., were A-bombed into submission. Russia, Nazi Germany, Japan and the U.S. were not easily cowed, however. With cunning and incredible daring, they pressed every advantage against the invader's superior strength, and, led by Stalin, began to detonate their own atom bombs in retaliation.City after city explodes in radioactive firestorms, and fears grow as the worldwide resources disappear; will there be any world left for the invaders to conquer, or for the uneasy allies to defend?While Mao Tse-tung wages a desperate guerrilla war and Hitler drives his country toward self-destruction, United States forces frantically try to stop the enemy's push from coast to coast. Yet in this battle to stave off world domination, unless the once-great military powers take the risk of annihilating the human race, they'll risk losing the war.The fatal, final deadline arrives in Harry Turtledove's grand, smashing finale to the Worldwar series, as uneasy allies desperately seek a way out of a no-win, no-survival situation: a way to live free in a world that may soon be bombed into atomic oblivion....

Title : Striking the Balance
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Striking the Balance Reviews

  • Christopher
    2019-04-05 00:33

    Striking the Balance kicks off with the war between the Lizards and the Big Uglies reaching new dramatic heights of destruction with both sides taking the nuclear option as the default option which in turn leaves both sides open to more reprisals! :D Striking the Balance is extremely visceral as we get to see many of the characters returning from the previous books and we get to see the machinations in the most senior leaderships and from the perspectives of the 'grunts' in the trenches! :D This gives a great overall viewpoint on multiple angles of the conflict from the ground up! :D This serves to dramatically heighten the odds as we get to see the decisions almost casually given the will have many dramatic implications for our characters on the ground! :D Their reactions to these decisions also gives the novel a somewhat insightful quality as they themselves debate what could be going through the minds of the people running the operation! :D This gives Striking the Balance a very insightful quality showing the world as a collections of people as opposed to somewhat insane governments! DThe alternate timeline is handled brilliantly with the differences and the responses of various nations to the war ringing extremely true! :D You can almost see the wheels starting to fly off the wheels of the Soviet under Stalin and German wheels while the British and America strive to stick to their values! :D Even though parts of the book seem to be regard the British both as good and slightly morally dubious depending on where in the world you are! :D This all adds to the realistic differences in the timeline though! :DAll the characters come across three-dimensionally though through to the British Bomber crew of Bagnall etc trying to make it back to Britain to Jäger and Ludmila trying to save millions of lives at Lodz and then through to Rance and guest appearances by various famous characters such as Patton and Churchill really help to show that this is different Earth but still very similar but really give the book a big inventiveness and keep you guessing the whole way! :DThe characters all come off as either hero's or villains though with some characters dripping grease and others inspite of their background comes of as great people with you really cheering for the'goodies' as they pull off yet another completely whacked stunt! :D The books tendency to follow POV's during the actions scenes as well as keeping the reader informed of what is happening overall really contributes to the books dramatic and free flowing visceral tone with the bullets and dramatic gestures flowing all over the place making for a situation where you will lose sleep to find out what is going to happen! :DThe peace that is signed is obviously only a temporary one but has the feeling of a breath being held as many of the plot lines are left hanging especially as the book makes no secrets of the aliens intentions or that they are the first part of the colonisation effort with a colonist ship coming which again adds to the nature of the book but also leaves the inevitable restart of the conflict in the offing! :D Striking the Balance is a brilliant, clever, roller coaster ride that you do not know who is going to win and where you do not know where the pieces are going to fall that will keep you guessing and booing at the 'baddies' and cheering all along for the goodies and sums up the 'period' it is set in brillaintly! :D Brilliant and highly recommended! :D

  • Carol Storm
    2019-04-08 02:19

    Did not finish! Did not finish! Did not finish this stupid mother****ing book!I refuse to read about lizards invading the earth and saving Europe's Jews from the gas chambers in World War II. Especially four foot tall lizards who snort ginger and get high. This book was stupid, tasteless, and boring as hell. I have read so many suck-ass Harry Turtledove books and it stops here. It must stop here!

  • Johnny
    2019-04-19 22:42

    Since World War: Striking the Balance is the fourth book in a tetralogy of alternate history, anyone reading this review probably doesn’t need anything about the set-up explained to them. Just in case, the entire WorldWar series is a mash-up of World War II meets an invasion by technologically superior aliens. Of course, if I hadn’t seen the titles of these novels in advance, I probably would have been surprised at the conclusion of this series. Don’t get me wrong, I really think it’s a very realistic conclusion to a very unrealistic premise. And I really liked it!Here are some of my favorite lines and scenes from this novel. There is a very uncomfortable (because it has too often be so) conversation between the infamous Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov (the Soviet Union’s foreign affairs expert) and Iosef Vissarionovich (“Uncle Joe”) Stalin where the former says, “It is in the Americans’ short-term interest to help us defeat the Lizards, and when, Iosef Vissarionovich, did you ever know the capitalists to consider their long-term interest?” (p. 105)At another point, there was some fascinating use of propaganda on the Soviet side that was worthy of some of Goebbel’s misdirection in our real history. In the novel, Stalin stated, “The only reason the Soviet Union occupied the eastern half of Poland was that the Polish state was internally bankrupt, the government had disintegrated, and the Ukrainians and Belorussians in Poland, cousins to their Soviet kindred, were left to the mercy of fate.” (p. 169)I loved the response of a Soviet partisan to her Jewish guide when he said that it wasn’t going to be easy to get where they were going. “’One thing I’ve learned,’ Ludmila said, ‘is that it’s never easy, getting where you’re going.’” (p. 171)Immiscible – never heard of this word for not being able to blend something together before (p. 215) In the novel’s context, it was used to suggest that the tradition so valued by the aliens and the circumstances they found on an ever-changing world were immiscible. Later, the fleetlord explained to one of his subordinates. “When we meet change, we feel like it is inflicted on us. The Tosevites [Earthlings] reach out and seize it with both hands, as if it were a sexual partner for which they have developed the monomaniacal passion they term love.” (p. 300)In the midst of a possible peace negotiation between the major world civilizations and the aliens, a wise human responds to a question from the “Exalted Fleetlord” Atvar by saying, “Sometimes war does lead to war. The last great war we fought , thirty years ago now it started, sowed the seeds for this one. But a different peace might have kept the new war from happening.” (p. 348) I don’t know whether the fictional character is right or wrong, but I do know that the Treaty of Versailles didn’t help to prevent WWII. Frankly, Turtledove gets it right. He understands human history perfectly, even when he is standing it on its ear.

  • Chip
    2019-04-16 03:33

    A somewhat disappointing conclusion to this epic series. Most of the book is about people trapped in enemy areas as either unwanted visitors or POWs. It deals with people eyes being opened that their view of the world isn't necessarily the only nor correct one. For the world being at war, very little of the book concerns itself with the battles of the Lizards. Also the book is anti-climatical since the last 2 or 3 chapters are mainly setting up for the next series.

  • Neil
    2019-04-09 02:36

    Thots while reading:Despite all of the talking in the book, it is moving faster than the third book. It is kind of amusing. I do find myself enjoying this book [for the most part] more than the third book [so far]. Finally! (view spoiler)[The stupid Race FINALLY drops a nuke on a Russian 'city' in retaliation for another Russian nuke going off in Race-controlled territory. They should have nuked Russia before this.The author actually reveals potentially why no nukes had been dropped prior to this point; they see the vast land expanse of Russia as being desirable and necessary for the Race's survival, whereas the land mass of North America is less desirable and more 'worthy' of being nuked. So that was interesting to learn, and kind-of helps explain why Russia was not punished for setting off the first man-made atomic bomb. Too bad it came across as an 'afterthought' in the narrative. (hide spoiler)]Apparently the author has grown tired of attempting to describe copulation between humans. (view spoiler)[Now he feels the need to attempt to somewhat-graphically describe an attempted rape. It is bad enough Liu Han was regularly violated by men against her will in one of the Race's orbiting starships [for 'scientific research'] [fortunately most of the rapes occur 'off-page', as it were, so the reader is spared having to read about each violation]; the author feels the need to have her lover's friend/assistant attempt to violently rape her. I suppose it is the author's attempt to show how strong Liu Han has become, since she was able to fight off her attacker and gain control over him while defending herself, but it really was not necessary for the overall narrative. He could have shown Liu Han rising to dominance without having to have a man attempt to cow her into submission via rape. Ridiculous.(hide spoiler)]-----------------------------------------------------------------------The last 1/3rd [some 150 pages] of the books is nothing but exposition! People talking! [Well, nearly the last third of the book; it's mostly talk with a hint of a smidgen of token action.]I don't know what to say about this book. It did manage to hold my interest all the way through until the end, but it was horribly anticlimactic. The first time I read it, I did not realize it set up the next three books about the arrival of the Colonization Fleet and how they tried to acclimate to the new environment on Tosev 3. I still enjoyed reading it, but still feel like the ending was a major disappointment. I will leave it as a three-star, though, despite my disappointment with the ending. I did like elements of it. (view spoiler)[Such as how Tatiana followed the British soldiers out of Pskow and helped protect/guide them through Estonia/Lithuania until they reached a port and could return to England. Tatiana was awesome, in her own bigoted, backwards way.I liked how a German Colonel, Russian pilot, and Jewish partisan worked together to save Lodz and the Jews living there. (view spoiler)[I was sorry to see Skorzeny die, though. I had read a bio about him back in high school, and he never came across like the arrogant jerk he was in this book. I could not quite decide if the author hated him for some reason, or if the biography I read was severely watered down in terms of his behavior and attitude. (hide spoiler)]I did like that Jaeger and Ludmilla were reunited in the end.A part of me has always been sad that Rachel never survived, but I always was glad that Penny came out of her shell. Rance never had it better!It was good to learn that General Patton survived the war. He disappeared after the first book. (hide spoiler)]It was weird that the author had President Roosevelt die in the book. I realize he did die during the War, but as this was an 'alternate history' book he could very well have let the man live. I say it was odd, because other than a brief paragraph about some men in a whorehouse sobbing with the news of his death, nothing else happened. There were no repercussions due to his death. Atvar thought he could take advantage of the resulting chaos from Roosevelt's death; nothing happened. There was no chaos. The failure to take any advantage from Roosevelt's death was never mentioned again. Ever. By any Lizard. Considering how much they kept beating into the ground how frustrated the Lizards were over how much humanity had advanced and how unpredictable humans were, one would think they would have lamented not being able to utilize Roosevelt's death, somehow. I found myself wondering how Rommel would have fared against the Lizards and wishing he had been included in the narrative. Even if it were in passing. I also wondered how Guderian would have managed against the Lizards.It was humorous to me that the Russians proposed a cease-fire first and that they invited the other major powers to join them in the cease-fire. I suppose they felt they had the most to lose? It seemed like the Communists were presented in a far better light than any of the other major powers, despite their mistreatment of prisoners and willingness to use murder and violence and lies to get their way.The Chinese Communists were worse than the Russian Communists. They gladly butchered innocents to see their aims were met. They were more than willing to use murder and violence without any concern as to innocent people who were injured or killed by their actions. It was easy to despise them, and to be glad they remained under Lizard rule, as despicable as they were.The author's attempts at irony grew old by the end of the novel. He could have focused more on 'geopolitical stuff' instead of the fluff upon which he did focus. I realize he was trying to focus more on the 'human element,' but it did not always work. I did enjoy the byplay between the parties during the peace talks, although that could have also been developed further.Ah, well. Overall, I am glad I read the book [again].

  • Geoff Battle
    2019-04-07 22:36

    Striking the Balance, the conclusion to this alternate history series, should have offered so much more. The first two hundred pages are a drawn out series of chapters which serve as a catch-up for the plethora of characters which the book follows. This half of the novel offers no real entertainment and although the action heats up in the middle of the novel, by then there's a good chance you'll be disinterested. The book wraps up rather anticlimactically too and although the end of the series is a disappointment there is enough closure to wrap it up, with enough strands to ensure readers consider the 'Colonization' series.

  • Richard
    2019-03-31 03:26

    This novel ends this 4 volume series at a place that can be called the "end of the beginning".The end of several story lines and parking of others brings this phase of the invasion to a more or less satisfactory state, but you're going to want to continue with the "Colonization" series which launches 20 years later with the arrival of the follow on fleet.This is a good read.

  • Brad
    2019-04-06 21:12

    3.5 stars

  • Tex-49
    2019-04-13 00:18

    Sempre di buon livello, come i primi tre; la narrazione sembra finita…ma continua con il cicllo della colonizzazione.

  • Patrick
    2019-03-29 01:23

    I started reading this series almost a decade ago now, so I guess I’m glad to be done. There’s a real sense of anticlimax, but I think I expected it.

  • Christian, Kelanth, Scala
    2019-04-15 23:12

    Il ciclo dell'invasione di Harry Turtledove, lo scrittore statunitense nato a Los Angeles nel 1949 che è comunemente considerato un autore di allostorie, è una saga fantascientifica che è stata scritta tra il 1994 e il 1996 e ambientata nel corso della seconda guerra mondiale, mescolando elementi storici e ucronici al tema dell'invasione aliena. Il ciclo è composto da quattro romanzi: "Invasione anno zero", "Invasione atto secondo", "Invasione atto terzo" e "Invasione atto finale". Dopo il ciclo dell'invasione la storia prosegue, con un salto narrativo di 25 anni, con il "Ciclo della colonizzazione". La mia recensione, abbraccerà l'intera saga.Siamo nei primi anni della seconda guerra mondiale. Una notte però appare sul cielo sopra il ghetto di Varsavia una luce. Tale luce rappresenta l'arrivo di una razza aliena giunta sulla Terra per conquistarla. Gli alieni sono una razza di rettili alti 150-160 cm, apparentemente evolutasi da piccoli carnosauri come i velociraptor anche. Basando i piani di invasione sulla propria storia, gli alieni hanno inviato sonde-spia sulla terra (a circa 12 anni luce di distanza) ricevendone immagini del nostro pianeta fra l'anno 1000 e il 1200... La flotta di invasione (dotata di armi paragonabili a quelle del ventunesimo secolo terrestre: bombe atomiche, carri armati con motori a idrogeno e cannoni iperveloci, sofisticati caccia a reazione) era stata calcolata per sopprimere in pochi giorni una resistenza fatta da cavalieri in armatura dotati di picche e spade.I rettili invasori sono quindi letteralmente sconvolti quando ci trovano impegnati in un grande conflitto globale che vede l'uso di tecnologie marginalmente inferiori alle loro, sviluppate nei pochi secoli impiegati dalle loro navi per raggiungere la Terra. Inoltre, gli scienziati terrestri riescono a studiare e copiare alcuni esemplari di armi aliene catturate, causando improvvisi balzi in avanti della tecnologia terrestre. La storia si sviluppa attraverso un numero notevole di personaggi, dai soldati terrestri appartenenti a tutte le forze in campo, agli alieni fino ad arrivare alle persone comuni. Le loro storie si intrecciano in un susseguirsi di rivelazioni, segreti, colpi di scena e grandi battaglie. Turtledove, nell'inserire l'elemento dell'invasione esterna, stravolgerà completamente lo sviluppo della storia come noi la conosciamo.L'ucronìa è un tema della fantascienza che mi ha sempre entusiasmato e qui Turtledove, che è un maestro di tale pratica letteraria, dà il meglio di sè; molto ben congegnato, di un'originalità assoluta, per un'amante della storia alternativa questa serie è un must da leggereper la sua genialità.Poi, sicuramente nella lettura ci si imbatte in delle carenze letterarie, come qualche lettore ha giustamente sottolineato, ma si sta parlando sostanzialmente in dei verociraptor alieni che invadono la Terra, non di un libro di Proust. Quello che vuole il lettore è, secondo me, essere trasportato in un'altra realtà parallela, che lo faccia divertire e questa saga ci riesce in pieno. Un capolavoro di storia alternativa.

  • Mathew Whitney
    2019-04-07 21:28

    The final book in the Worldwar series, or the middle book in the Tosev series, this book brings most of the threads of the Worldwar series to a close, and leaves enough open for the larger series to continue.Harry Turtledove demonstrates throughout this series a strength in story-telling, especially in handling long-term story arcs spanning multiple novels. He has a compelling story to tell regarding the invasion of an alien race of reptile-like beings during World War 2, and brings together a solid mix of history (and historic figures) and fiction.His weaknesses remain on display when:- multiple characters speak with what seems to be his voice, rather than their own- at one point in the series an alien finds amusement in a pun that wouldn't even be likely to work in many languages on earth, never mind the language of an alien race which includes audible punctuation and silent laughter- he repeatedly goes to great lengths to explain the obvious, or every potential outcome of a character's choice, even when he has already explained the particular point in question within the same book.Despite plenty of moral gray area for most of the characters, the 2 or 3 "bad guys" in the series just seemed irredeemably bad, even when Turtledove seemed to go to great lengths to justify their behavior. The female characters all seem to be cut from 2 or 3 molds, and at times seem to blur into one another.I enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading the rest of the series. However, I will be reading one or two books written by other authors before I pick up the first book of the Colonization series (the next sub-series within the Tosev series), just to give myself a break from Turtledove's writing for a while. I like the overall story and want to continue to read it, I just get the feeling, at times, that I'm torturing myself because of the way the story was written. It's almost like reading a bad translation of Nietzsche: there's usually enough there to keep you going, but the words just aren't coming together right.

  • Kym Robinson
    2019-03-26 03:14

    I really wanted to like this. World War Two, its major players locked in an epic and historical struggle, their stories told by a historically fluent and talented author. Plus these wartime heroes and villains not merely engaging one another but fighting of an Armada of invading aliens ! Will their uneasy alliance hold as the common human interest is sought in an effort to defeat these alien imperialists !?You see, this is why I wanted to like it.Turtledove had often entertained me in his shorter works which I had been so lucky to read. This book and much of the series seemed as though it, like the aliens, had over stayed its welcome.Despite some exciting moments and interesting takes on historical figures, I found that the book did not live up to much of its potential. Perhaps if it had of been compressed, it would have worked?Despite my negative tone, I think that this was a well researched and talented story series. I would like to imagine that within these pages exists an exciting HBO series. If some one cared to give the series the 'Game of Thrones' treatment then much of the visuals lacking to sustain this narrative may do the story some greater justice.I would like to have given it a higher score for sheer effort and intensity of the writing, but in some ways I feel I am being a tad generous as this was an effort at times to read.60 %

  • Dan
    2019-03-25 01:27

    The characters are believable and you care what happens to them. The differences between humans and the aliens are well thought out and result in interesting situations. The plot of the whole series is very good, but perhaps a little bit predictable. I only gave this, and the series as a whole, three stars because it is very repetitive. Many of the characters say and think the same things over and over and over. And over. You get the idea. The detailed descriptions of battle scenes is also repetitive and gets old. How many times can you say the equivalent of "I heard the incoming rounds and hit the ground?" I didn't count, but I would guess the equivalent of that is in the series many hundreds of times. The series would be MUCH better if it was condensed down to two books instead of four. Overall, I would still recommend this series.The best thing I've ever read by Harry Turtledove is his short story "The Road Not Taken." It has the wonderful ideas that Turtledove is known for. Because it is a short work, there is not time to be repetitive. I found it in "Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century."

  • M
    2019-04-13 21:35

    A couple of points here. First, anyone who reads Turtledove has to be impressed with his mind as an author. The detail with which he writes is truly impressive. How does he do it? But, and secondly, unfortunately his books (especially when in a series) become tedious to read. After a while you just want it to end! So, since I read the first two books in this series and really wanted to see how it turned out, I opted to just skim the last two volumes. I did this successfully by skimming through all of the "human" stories portions to get the essence of what was going on, and then just read all of the "lizard" sections in detail. Suprisingly this worked well and I was able to finish the series and understand the storyline in full.

  • Roberto Selbach
    2019-03-24 01:18

    The premise of this series is interesting and overall I liked reading it.That said, although I enjoyed the story, the writing is terrible. It is terribly repetitive. I mean, how many times do we have to read about minor league baseball stadiums? I get it! The guy used to play baseball, but enough already. Add to that some very unrealistic dialog. Every Russian character keeps going on and on about the dialectic. Sheesh. It was a hard read. I really had to work through these books but I did it because I wanted to see where the story was going. In the end, not really worth it. The last book closes threads very abruptly and arbitrarily. Not worth it.

  • Chris Burland
    2019-04-12 00:18

    It was a bit of a grind and Turtledove's repetitiveness in rehashing the early events of certain fictional characters tended to lengthen the read of this four book alt-universe tale. The ending is as expected, a bit open which is the case of history. The what ifs are present at the beginning as at the end. Several of the personal storylines are rapped up in happy endings especially for the three main love stories. I did expect that Mutt Daniels and Sam Yeager might meet up again but that would have been far-fetched...They may again meet in the future being they are only two states apart... I do recommend this book only to the readers with a great deal of patieince.

  • Chad J
    2019-04-11 21:23

    I have found the entire World War Series interesting and entertaining. I do find that Turtledove tends to repeat information in his books to often, its not like his readers can't remember information from one book to another!Also Turtledove should stop writing sex dialog. Sorry buddy, you are just not very good at that.What Turtledove is great at is presenting history from an alturnate reality. I find the books captivating and wanting more. Could stand a little less of hearing (And I Great You Superior Sr) but hey its just the way Turtledove writes.Overall a great series that will keep you coming back for more.

  • Brenton J.
    2019-04-21 21:41

    This series opened up a whole new world to me. It was the first alternate history type book I had ever read and at least for the few few in the series, it is the best. During one of the worst conflicts in the history of the world, aliens decide to invade. Alliances form in the most unlikely groups and heroes are born from the most unhero of people. This is a great series and I would recommend it to anyone. It did slow down towards the end of the series, but the first two or three books when the world is at war is just fantastic.

  • Steven
    2019-04-02 23:19

    I had heard complaints that he was writing these a bit hackneyed to get kids through college - I can agree with the complaint. There are a huge number of characters, and they switch frequently...and at least 5% of the text in each character's section is the same complaints over and over again.Several characters (some of the more interesting ones, in my opinion) are killed off for no apparent reason other than to provide closure.Skorzeny...well...let's just say the author clearly didn't know where he was taking the character when the books started.

  • Ruru
    2019-03-27 02:26

    Finally finished the last book, a very enjoyable read overall! Since I started the second series before I went back and read this first series, I knew what was going to happen in the end, but even allowing for my being “spoiled” I found the final Jager-Skorzeny and co. scene a bit anticlimactic. Nevertheless, I’m glad I “discovered” Turtledove (it seems even a long-time science fiction reader like me can miss things along the way) and the Race. Overall a very solid and satisfying science fiction series.

  • Matteo Pellegrini
    2019-04-01 04:30

    Nel momento di svolta della seconda guerra mondiale, le potenze in conflitto sano state costrette a unirsi contro un nemico apparentemente invincibile. Grazie alla loro superiorità tecnologica, gli aggressori hanno devastato il Pianeta, seminando distruzione ovunque. Le città sano scomparse, il terrore è dilagata e le risorse sono state consumate. Resterà ancora una terra da conquistare agli invasori? E l'umanità, che mondo si troverà a difendere? La battaglia degli uomini sta raggiungendo il suo apice, la posta in gioco è l'apocalisse. Il giorno del giudizio è arrivato...

  • Sandra
    2019-04-06 23:23

    Enjoyed it, but thank GOD it's done. Way too many pages. Just be warned that this is one very long book, not four books. And I'm pretty sure there's a "sequel series" after this one. One observation: I am pretty sure that HT has no idea who his central character(s) is or are until he just keeps writing. People who are quite important at the first seem to drop away, others get more important. This is all Brad Wilson's fault. He loaned me the books. They ate my brain for far too many hours.

  • Bryan457
    2019-04-08 00:18

    The explosive conclusion? How about the whimpering fizzle conclusion? I deserve a medal for finishing this. All four books should have been edited down into one 500 page book. I started cheering when people, that we have been following faithfully in every minute detail of their lives for four looooooooooooonnnnnnnngggg books, died; then realized that most of them contributed absolutely nothing to the story.

  • John
    2019-03-28 00:32

    The Lizard Aliens have invade the world, but they chose the worst time to do it; WW II. Every industrialized nation on Earth it at a peak of weapons development, and the alien invaders are at a 200,000 year lull in advancement. And with our discovery of nuclear power or chances of survival, or total abliteration, have just increase ten fold against this menace from another solar system.

  • James
    2019-03-31 03:32

    A satisfying conclusion - but not really, because as in real life history never ends - to his Worldwar series. Turtledove has followed and developed the stories and personalities of people real and fictional and thought in depth about the possible impact on human cultures of alien actions and technologies.

  • Holden Attradies
    2019-04-12 21:41

    As with all of the past books in this series this one was better than the last. You get to see where the conflict eventually peters out at, and as no big surprise to anyone that's read the past books it's neither a slam dunk victory for the humans OR the aliens. I particularly liked this aspect of the series, it makes it feel all that more real.

  • Justin Robinson
    2019-04-05 22:19

    This series doesn't so much end as run out of steam and kinda stop. This really feels like Turtledove got bored with the world he'd postulated -- or at least had better ideas 20 years down the line -- and decided to call it a day. While I'm interested in the sequel series, I'm a lot less interested than I would have been had be stuck the landing.

  • Text Addict
    2019-04-08 02:13

    Well-written, and almost completely unsurprising. I now understand why these things are so popular. Trope after trope unrolls in front of the reader, but at least the characters all come across as actual human beings, despite being trapped inside a gigantic cliché. The book gave me the peculiar sensation of being bored *and* interested in finding out what happened next at the same time.

  • Grahambootle
    2019-03-28 21:13

    I really enjoyed this set. yes some of the characters were a bit thin and two dimensional, and some of the plot holes you could drive a red bus thru, but the action moved at avoid pace and I enjoyed the writing style. perhaps I enjoyed it more because I like military history and sf , but I'd recommend them. I will read the colonization series at a later date.