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Final Impact: A Novel of The Axis of Time Mass Market Paperback – December 26, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
The full "Axis of Time" trilogy is
Weapons of Choice
In the first book, "Weapons of Choice" a multinational force from the 21st century is accidentally sent back in time to 1942 when a scientific experiment goes wrong. The first unfortunate effect of their arrival is that the Japanese fleet which was about to be sunk at Midway gets wind of something unusual, retreats and consequently survives. The second is that elements of the multinational force turn up all over the world and some are captured by the Imperial Japanese, Nazis, and Soviet Union - all of whom resolve not to repeat the mistakes which in our world consigned them to the dustbin of history.
In this volume a very different and even more brutal second world war is grinding towards its conclusion. The Allies, the Soviets, and the Nazis are all desperately trying to expedite their Atomic weapon programmes, and Stalin is determined that when the Axis powers have been defeated he will control much more of the world than in "original" history so as to go into the Cold War in a stronger position.
Meanwhile the men and women from the 21st Century face a continuing struggle both to adapt to the very different world they find themselves in, and to persuade the "temps" (short for contemporary) from their own side to accept such things as an African-American U.S. Marine colonel, and an RN Commander who is a half-asian woman.Read more ›
The scenario is that of a multinational naval task force from the year 2021 finding itself thrust back through time to the second world war. This causes disruptions for both the allies and the axis. Most of the fleet winds up in the hands of the allies but a few wind up in Japanese or Russian hands. The armaments of this fleet of the future are quite welcome but the historical references to things that have not yet happened are bound to be chaotic. Even more intriguing are the interaction between those from the future and those from the 40s. Black or Japanese officers are treated with suspicion and women are not really taken seriously. It would be expected that the Nazis would be insulted by having so many of their plans thwarted by a woman commanding an uptime British ship and they consider their injuries even worse since the woman is of Muslim descent. The really awful thing is that she is treated as a pariah by her own countrymen as well. This is just one of the many examples of cultures in conflict.
In this third installment, things finally come to a climax. The Russians under Stalin have been busy and want to avoid the mistakes of the alternate history. That they are the first in this world to develop nuclear weapons seems to put them in the catbird seat. The American admiral from the future recognizes the Soviets as an even bigger threat than the Nazis and Japanese but passions are so inflamed over the latter that his warnings are not taken seriously until too late.Read more ›
Though the revised version of World War II concludes with a blood letting even greater than what occured in our history, it may be only the beginning. John Birmingham has allowed himself room for ample sequals for a Cold War 2.0, which may not be "Cold" for very long.
Highly recommended for fans of technothriller, action, and historical fiction.
John Birmingham really did himself well by this - and he did even better by the fans of his earlier books in this series.
This tale could easily have devolved into an overblown fanboy raving where the good guys get all sorts of super high-tech weaponry to mow down endless waves of cardboard character bad guys. Thankfully, Birmingham didn't fall for such banal writing and setting.
The whole Axis of Time series is very intelligently written and smartly focuses on its characters with the high tech stuff coming in a distant second. Birmingham takes a step away from the standard tropes of the genre by examining the political and social changes that such an arrival of highly advanced and highly different, socially, solidiers from the future would wreak upon even their allies - let alone upon their enemies. The result is a far more believeable and far more "real" read.
I found this one as much a page turner as the previous two. Sure, as a fan, I wanted more and would've been happy enough to have every bit of what happened be completely detailed in the telling of the tale. But, I can also appreciate the need to prune some things and to have others happen "off stage." Otherwise the book would wind up an almost unreadable six inches thick and thus appeal only to a few die hard fans. I appreciate the way Birmingham handled this as it did not reduce the impact of the story nor seem otherwise out of place. I wish other authors could exercise such discretion in the way they tell their tales.
All in all this was an excellent read. The plot was realistic and briskly paced.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as good as earlier work, phoning it in, perhaps with a ghost writer...Published 21 days ago by Daniel Zell
The final chapter? Nazi Germany is gone, Japan also, nuked. Is Russia , Stalin finished? This is beyond an atomic powered action thriller of epic proportions! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Good continuation of the series. Good story for alternate history fans. Some interesting twists to the plot. Hope the next installment comes soon.Published 4 months ago by Ronald Hoffman Sr
I bought the second and third ones when I finished with the first. I got hooked and couldn't put them down for a moment.Published 5 months ago by D. Poe
Read all 3 of the Axis of time . I thought it was overall good , but I think it could of been better , if segments of the story would have been told during and not passed over in... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brad Council
a fun look @ what may have been//yet migh t still to be. unlike any time travel SciFi you've been privalidged to read before ;_-)Published 15 months ago by brian mathew grenoble