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, ...more
I do like how the author has mixed 'old' tech with the 'new' [modern] tech in the series, especially this book. He has done a good job of it so far.
I also like how the author has included dates with each chapter. I think it helps the narrative; it helps create a sense of what is happening and how much time has elapsed. The first two books did not have this 'feature' and it showed.
It bugs me to no end that the Allies 'are so far behind' in the technological race [as it were] and yet ...more
I read many, many, many books - John Birmingham pulls you in after the first chapter and doesn't let you go until the very end. This leaves you wondering where to now? I have only read the trilogy and I'm looking forward to the other offshoots to the series
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
The commie thing was a bit of a bedevilment also. Stalin's last words are "I have decided", but there was no foll ...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
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
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 chapter? Nazi Germany is gone, Japan also, nuked. Is Russia , Stalin finished? This is beyond an atomic powered action thriller of epic proportions! Technology is a mixture of the twentieth and twenty first century...thanks to the accidental opening of the wormhole. I suggest you read these novels in order, but separately they are magnificent reads. Action, vengeance, betrayal, and honor are all in abundance. A fantastic read!!