- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 17 hours and 4 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: July 14, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0112R77TG
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Bombs Away Audiobook – Unabridged
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Another reviewer noted HT's formula; if there were more power players here - a couple of very highly placed Soviets and at least one more American, this book would have been very engaging. But I simply can't muster interest in another extensive cast of ahistorical minor characters who experience the events but lend little weight to the alternate universe.
I'm bailing after the first book on this one. I stuck it out with the Supervolcano series, which had the same flaws, and it was ultimately unsatisfying. And I'm someone who has the entire Great War series in hardback. I really want to like this more, but I don't.
This is standard Turtledove, an interesting story arc told through the eyes of multiple characters. Unfortunately if you are like me not all the characters and the subsequent subplots are equally interesting.
The good - he talks about the geopolitical situation (so far focusing on the US) and the impact on both members of the military and civilians. That is often where fiction like this falls down, it is all battles and individual heroics which doesn't tell the story on the home front nor the political situation.
The bad - the story is told at a very high level with not enough political or economic details or insights. The military situation could have been a lot more detailed, especially the situation with the theater commanders. I think this is a big weakness in this volume. It may or may not be addressed in future volumes.
My recommendation - wait for the series to more fully be developed so you can get a better sense of where he is going with it. The price may fall on the earlier volumes and you'll have a better chance to gage your level of interest
PLOT: What would happened if General MacArthur was allowed to use atomic bombs on China during the Korean War?
A paranoid Stalin would overreact, ushering in the atomic age with a bang and a whimper. The war escalates quickly with the big kids slugging it out. Capturing people and their reactions to nuclear war on a global stage requires lots of exposition, which can become convoluted Perhaps the scope was overly ambitious, forcing disjointed transitions between a long list of characters. I find myself disconnecting with character story lines, if too much time lapses between picking up the book. Once you have your bearings though the characters are fleshed out nicely.
Considering how many authors are out there these days, his books are a bit on the expensive side as well.