Final Impact (Axis of Time #3)
-S. M. Stirling, author of Island in the Sea of Time
In the year 2021 a multinational fleet-experimenting with untested weapons technology-pitched through time, crash-landing in 1942. The world is thrown into chaos as Roosevelt, Hitler, Churchill, T ...more
This could have been a typical pulp alternative future series, but it has more depth than you might think. The leaders of the past have access to historical histories showing what ...more
An unsatisfactory conclusion to the otherwise acceptable alt-history trilogy by John Birmingham. The ending was far too rushed. Several compelling story lines that had been nurtured in the first two books were s ...more
What of a writer who once penned a book called He Died with a Falafel in His Hand? The conclusion to John Birmingham's Axis of Time trilogy is another imaginative and logistical tour de force (previous volumes include Weapons of Choice and Designated Targets). Birmingham has credited fellow Aussie and adventure novelist Matt Reilly (Ice Station, Contest, Seven Deadly Wonders) as an influence in his foray into popular fiction. The result garners broad praise from critics, who compare Birmingham's...more
Birmingham does sensibly limit the gains the Allies are able to make - not everyone wants to listen to the newcomers, WWII ends early but the Cold War starts earlier, etc., problems of racism ...more
If you like a tight poliical/war thriller, then you'll probably enjoy this, even if you're not a fan of science fiction.
Once I got past that, it was a great tie up to the series in most respects. It left me wanting more from these characters in a "post-war" setting. Any chance Birmingham revisits "this world?"
The final play out of the Transition is the new global balance of power.