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Designated Targets (Axis of Time) Mass Market Paperback – December 26, 2006
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In Birmingham's worthy sequel to Weapons of Choice (2004), the world of the 1940s continues to struggle with the ramifications of the Transition: the intrusion into the middle of WWII by a 21st-century naval task force fighting the global war on terror. While the lion's share of the technological windfall falls into the laps of the U.S. and Great Britain, the Axis acquires enough to increase its deadliness exponentially. Furthermore, Hitler and Stalin make an uneasy peace as they unite to prevent both of their respective systems from being consigned to the ash heap of history, freeing German forces for a renewed invasion of England. The time-displaced warriors from 2021 find that their most implacable foe is not Nazi commando Otto Skorzeny but J. Edgar Hoover, furious at being "outed." The author doesn't make the mistake of pitting his protagonists against morons, and he rightly shows how improvements in command and control trump bigger and better guns. Entertaining cameos by Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy will delight the geek in all of us.
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Praise for Weapons of Choice
First book in the Axis of Time
“[A] weapons-grade military techno-thriller . . . It’s like a Clive Cussler novel fell into a transporter beam with a Stephen Ambrose history, and they came out all fused together.”
“High-tech intrigue and suspense similar to the works of Tom Clancy.”
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
This entire series is compelling and a great read. As a fan of alternate history the premise of projection back in time is not new. One of my favorite movies is the Final Countdown which project the Super Carrier Nimitz back to December 6th 1941. At the end of the movie she is moved back to 1981 just before she would affect the outcome at Pearl Harbor. I have always wondered what would have happened if Nimitz had stayed.
This series is on the same basis but moves an entire 2021 battle group to just before the battle of Midway.
I like this series because in addition to being a great war story and challenge it goes beyond that to speculate on the clash between societies. It delves into many of the ramifications of cultures clashing, the economic affects in addition to the technical changes to a 1940's society and a war that continues. I am interested at how accurate in many ways the authors projections are for a series starting in 2004 about 2021 technology. The ubiquitous "flexipad" use from the up-timers is coming true today already. The use of implants for both monitoring and medical is still testing but I could see it happening for real in less than 9 years from today and being very common for military if not society as a whole.
Most recent customer reviews
Well drawn. The author was wise to humanize them with emotions both. positive and negative
twice now, plus the two follow up novellas.
Hope the series will continue with the alluded to war with the Soviets.