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Kirov Saga: 9 Days Falling (Kirov Series) Paperback – May 15, 2013
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Capitan Karpov states about 2/3rds of the way into book V that Russia really won World War II, not the US and furthermore, he goes on to point two of his stupid discussion, that the US may need to be brought under by a nuclear attack at the hands of Kirov. This is the point I am referring to. I know the author has the right and can say whatever he wants in his story and I am not arguing over this. By the same token, I do not have to read what an author writes if I feel he has crossed a serious line and he has in this plot.
By any stretch of anyone's imagination, Russia cannot claim to have won WW II. Like for Napoleon, It was the winter that defeated the French as well as their inability to keep the supply lines to the troops intact. This happened to the Germans also. They lost because of the cold winter conditions and their inability to support the troops during this weather change. The Russians were supplied with billions of tons of military hardware, food, medicines, supplies of all sorts by the US and this helped them counterattack the German army. So the combination of better supplies and harsh winter conditions led to the defeat of Germany in Russia more than the Russian Army can claim. Yes the Russians fought bravely and this is the honest truth, but the cold weather helped them immensely. Hence, what Karpov says is a lie.
I do not want to read about how this ship from 2021 destroys American planes and ships because of its superior technology and the insane attitude of its Capitan. I just cannot abide this having had family members injured in that great war, so I know first hand about the sacrifices Americans made to protect the Europeans and Russia too.
Once it became clear that insanity would rule the actions of the main character, I lost interest in the story for it goes nowhere as far as I am concerned. As I stated, I will read further into book VI, but many not finish depending on the story unfolding.
Furthermore, though I like the idea of following this Capitan and his exploits with the Kirov and their battles with the Japanese, the story seemed to become trite once they engaged the American carrier near Japan. The writer had all the advantages fall to the Russians and this really angered me. First of all, no American carrier would have been so exposed as the Washington was to the Russian attack. The Aegis system would require 8 or more supporting ships around the carrier and these would be brim full of armament and missiles, believe me. I worked for DoD so I am fully aware of the capability of this system. In addition, the Russian bombers would have set up an immediately alarm and B2's from Guam would have been up long before the Russian Backfire bombers got into position and they would have been greeted with a number of missiles from American ships, subs, and B2 bombers that can outflank the Backfire bombers. The Russian ships, including Kirov would have been pasted by the Aegis long before their attack plans went into effect. In addition, the writer added the impact of the exploding volcano to assist the Russians, of course, even though the explosion should have crippled the nearer Russian fleet period. AND I MEAN THAT PERIOD!!! He took toooooo too many positive aspects to assist Kirov and this made me very mad as the story unfolded. No I did not want this battle to occur, I would prefer that Kirov go fight someone else, not the American fleet. for heavens sake. My valuation of this story went from 4-5 stars to 2 immediately, but I settled on 3 because I respect the amount of work that went into the story.
This might seem too personal to you and maybe out of place, my dear reader, but personal likes, preferences, desires, and all else defines each of us and I cannot help but tell you what I felt at that point and I hope you agree. No one should dishonor the sacrifices of those who fought in WW II, no one. It was their sacrifices that allows us to sit in our pjs and slippers and laugh at others and shout at the unfairness of everyone who does not agree with our philosophy, does it not. Without those sacrifices, we would have no freedoms to protect us in our pjs and slippers.
After reading this last book, I looked into the author's previous works and to my surprise he wrote a very hardcore time travel series called the Meridian series. I just finished the first book. I now see where his expertise in covering time travel comes from and his attention to little details in history that can change the future.
I sincerely hope the ending isn't a disappointment ("suddenly I woke up: it was ALL A DREAM !)
I think they "bundle" the first three together, so save yourself a few bucks and just buy them all.
Welcome to the addiction.