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Weapons of Choice (The Axis of Time Trilogy, Book 1) Paperback – June 1, 2004
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"This book has everying: time travel, the British royalty, things that go boom, and unrelenting action. Read the opening at your own risk: you won't be doing anything else until you finish it."–Sean WILLIAMS, co-author of Heirs of Earth and Star Wars: Force Heretic: Reunion
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That's the case here - a 21st Century Naval Fleet winds up in WWII, and while they could've eviscerated the Japanese Navy "midway" through the book (heh, heh) they don't. Yeah, there are story reasons why they didn't but the main reason seems to be so that the Japanese navy will be around in books 2 and 3.
When all 3 books are published, the series itself will probably rate 4 or 5 stars. However, ya gotta rate the book as a standalone entity.
Good things in the book:
- Nice forward looking history. The fleet is from 2021 and an ongoing war against Terrorism and Militant Islam has shaped its men and women
- Nice treatment of the mismatch between 1940/2021 mindsets
- Great techno warfare stuff, especially how body armor/advanced ammo changes the land battle paradigm
- Recognition that the characters from 2021 would hold certain 1940s characters in awe - Spruance for one, others you'll have to find out about - and how the 1940s characters react to this
- Great overall update on the "Final Countdown" scenario
- Subtle nods throughout the book at other alt history characters and scenarios. You'll know 'em when you see 'em.
Things which hacked down the star rating
- The scene in which the fleets first meet is just ~too~ drawn out in some places and too short on description in others.Read more ›
We discussed the whole aspect of the racism/ignorance of the Temps. He did not deny it was rampant, especially since many sailors did not know better. And what's more, he was certain they would not have been receptive to wartime "sensitivity training"; since fatalism was rampant. Why pay attention to it, when a sudden torpedo or kamikaze could end it all? Besides, there was a war to win. This "lack of sensitivity" carries over to Spruance and Halsey's discussion (in the book) as to whether a POW rescue is a wise use of resources.
My dad's only gripe, the name of the futuristic supercarrier, and the fact it wasn't sunk at the onset. But I think he is willing to forgive!
Then there are books like "Weapons of Choice", by John Birmingham, which are so dreadful that they bring the real world mercifully crashing back around us. What's worse, I will reveal to you at the end of this review that the main idea of the book isn't even original!
Our heroes are a multi-national naval force from the year 2021. Thrown together are mostly Americans, some Brits, some Japanese, some Indonesians, and some Australian ships, all (predictably) under a U.S. commander. Through a scientific experiment (predictably) gone terribly wrong, most of the fleet gets sent back in time to June 2, 1942, two days before the Japanese were about to attack Midway Island, a battle which in real life was a decisive U.S. victory and pretty much turned the tide of the War in the Pacific gainst the Japanese. Because we all know that time travel backwards makes one physically ill (unless one is a Terminator), all of the future force characters (predictably) find themselves in various states of incapacitation upon arrival in 1942 and, thus unable to man their respective stations or defend themselves.
This is important because the future force people materialize in the middle of U.S.Read more ›
I didn't like it for two reasons. First was the excessive and overbearing political correctness. In the future portrayed in this novel, the characters are hyperconscious of race and gender issues. I'd hope by 2021 that race and gender would be non-issues. And the supercarrier USS Hillary Clinton? Please. I was expecting the USS Al Sharpton to come sailing over the horizon and neutralize the enemy with a tactical hairspray weapon.
The other reason I didn't enjoy it was the inauthenticity with which the technology was presented. A lot of it just sounds fake, as if the author is just stringing together numerous technical-sounding words to make something seem complicated. Some of the best authors of the action/adventure genre have either served in the military or have spent a great deal of time researching what they write: it appears this author did neither.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very enjoyable book. A fun concept of time travel and real world historic events we are know what happened.Published 2 days ago by idol8492
Maybe it's just not my thing. I was hopeful at first, but then it just turned into one big bloodbath that went on and on. Really, not my kind of book. Read morePublished 9 days ago by harborsparrow
I have not finished it yet, as I'm about 2/3 through. It's an entertaining book thus far. What I expected.Published 2 months ago by Beefz
Complex yet fast moving, this sci-fi spy thriller is well-written and highly enjoyable.Published 3 months ago by Seaberry11
To some extent you know what this book is going to be given the time travel back to the second world war; however, the fact that it is written from a time in the near future makes... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brian R. Haug
USS Hillary Clinton is the flagship??? Give me a break! Read that and couldn't read any further.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written comprised with good pacing together with well rounded characterization. The plot line is very intriguing --- what if 21st technology just showed up one day in 1942... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Spiker
I've really enjoyed this series and although I did like the book, I didn't care for the immortal character and the hijinks that followed him. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Marcus Benavides