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Designated Targets (Axis of Time #2)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,180 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
It’s World War II and the A-bomb is here to stay.
The only question: Who’s going to drop it first?

The Battle of Midway takes on a whole new dimension with the sudden appearance of a U.S.-led naval task force from the twenty-first century, the result of a botched military experiment. State-of-the-art warships are scattered across the Pacific, armed to the teeth with the late
ebook, 448 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Del Rey
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5.0 to 5.5 stars. Excellent sequel to the incredible "Weapons of Choice" by John Birmingham. The concept of allowing history to be "rewritten" based on the players having knowledge of how the future unfolded in "our" time has made for an incredible read. Can not wait to read the final volume in this trilogy and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this series.
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
This adrenelin-packed, hard-to-put-down sequel to "Weapons of Choice" is as thrilling and gripping as that was. Whereas the first book in the series dealt with the culture shock of 21st century attitudes and advances coming into rude contact with mid-20th century prejudices early on in the Second World War, this book looks at the attempt by the Nazis and the Japanese (and to some extent, the Soviets) to rewrite the history books. Things don't always work out well for our 21st century heroes - th ...more
Clay Kallam
Oct 03, 2011 Clay Kallam rated it liked it
‘Designated Targets’ (Del Rey, $14.95, 367 pages) is a solid work of alternative history, the followup to ‘Weapons of Choice.’ It continues John Birmingham’s speculation about what would have happened if a 21st battle fleet had been transported, through a somewhat plausible accident, to the middle of the Pacific in 1942.

‘Designated Targets’ follows the characters in the first book as they try to fight World War II not only with exotic weapons (though ammunition is running out) but knowledge of t
Jan 27, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Birmingham's weaponry details have improved in this second book. But as the action has moved to Australia and England -- that's not surprising since Birmingham is a British-born Aussie -- it may come as no surprise that the hero of this book is Major (Prince of Wales) Harry Windsor. Harry was a mere cameo in the initial book, "Weapons of Choice", and I had expected, even wished, that his role would broaden. As the theatre of war moves to his realm (pun intended), Harry comes to the foreground nu ...more
Tony Calder
Mar 19, 2014 Tony Calder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Whereas the first book was all action, this one (as is often the case with the middle book in a trilogy) contains a lot of plot development as well as action. Much of the plot development here is looking at the social effects that the 21st century people are having on society of the 1940s. There is no lack of action though, as the war continues on a different course to that it was supposed to take historically, and there is a lot of setting the scene for the final book in the trilogy.

Mark Bond
Sep 03, 2015 Mark Bond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! Even better than the first one! Knowledge of the future has leaked out now and the Axis powers are aware of their fate, but now they have a chance to change that future in their favour. Confused? No need to be - this book is just as well written as the first, with seamless jumping from one theater of operations to another, from future characters to contemporary ones. The action seems to never stop in this installment, as the author first makes you think that the Axis is going to win a ...more
Jul 07, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Less bogged down in battle minutiae and more of the politics/social upheaval I'm interested in. I do feel like the battle is dragging on a bit, though -- we keep hearing the MFers can destroy anything they want to, but they don't really attack. We keep hearing about the technological and manufacturing advantages of the US, but they don't seem to accomplish much here.

In a couple cases modern technology and attitudes seem to completely trump WWII capabilities and tech, but in others they don't rea
Leon Aldrich
It is my hope that Birmingham does more alternate fiction. I can't get enough.
Tom Lynch
Jun 27, 2014 Tom Lynch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to weapons of Choice, and allies are concentrating their efforts on producing new and advanced weapons. This is the book where the clash of cultures really hits. 1940s Cinemas are packed out for screenings of Star Wars, whilst cunning former 1940's sailor 'Slim Jim' Davidson, who has a penchant for Metallica becomes rich by targeting signing up future stars such as Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe before they're famous. The culture clashes are really amusing and really add a great bac ...more
Tom Loock
Very decent continuation of Weapons of Choice, this second part of the "Weapons of Choice"-trilogy advances the plot, sheds more light on the German and Japanese side of events and is again well researched. One star deducted for gratuitous graphic violence, though that may be utterly unfair with a book about the horrors of war.

Still highly recommended if you can stomach that.
Dec 12, 2009 D.w. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One thing in a book that relies on so much historical fact and then supposition, is the attention to detail. Do we think that the American and Japanese fleets can return from the area of Midway with damaged ships, settle into harbor in less than seven days and start stripping the new weapons from the future this quickly? Can we see these two fleets returning to their home ports and all the combatants returning to the complacency of routine so quickly?

Can we see the events that take place in the
This, part two of th trilogy, is set some months after the events of part one. Set during World War Two The cultural differences between the Allies and theMultinational taskf orce from our near future stranded there is becomeing more and more apparent to both sided. and social stress is becoming a real problem. Amongst others Hoover of the FBI is gunning for the uptimers.[return]The plot moves along nicely, there is plenty of action and good background reasearch. Stalin it seems is not happy at ...more
Jul 28, 2011 Rahadyan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Among my favorite authors are those of the Jazz Age and following: F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, Dorothy Parker. When I was younger, I fancied that I would fit well into their era. It wasn't until I was well past 40 that I realized that, no matter how much adaptability and self-education I arrogate unto myself, I would not fit in with a majority of the people of the 1930's.

The second novel in the Axis of Time series, like the first, makes me reflect on generational differences in cultur
David Sarkies
Jul 29, 2014 David Sarkies rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to David by: The guy that first showed me dopeland
Shelves: sci-fi
Interesting premise, failed execution
9 November 2012

I had read the first book in this trilogy and thought it was okay so when I discovered that the second book had been released I decided that I would snap it up as well. Mind you, that was in the days when I seemed to be buying more books than I was reading (and in a way I am still essentially doing that, though I have managed to resist buying too many books of late. However, that doesn't seem to stop me from adding more and more books to my 't
Part two of Axis of Time takes up a few weeks after the end of Weapons of Choice. Technology and knowledge of the Task Force's history is firmly in the grasp of all the major players, the Soviets and Nazis take the opportunity to purge know dissenters and all sides are pushing on in the race to nuclear weaponry. Munitions are running short and the US are having problems bootstrapping the new technologies to develop new weapons. The difficulties caused by the integration of the newcomers causes t ...more
May 12, 2009 Walt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Birmingham's worthy sequel to Weapons of Choice 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 o ...more
Kay Smillie
May 30, 2015 Kay Smillie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as good as Weapons of Choice, we see the actions of the Germans and Japanese, along with Russians, with goalposts moved. They are aware of the outcome of WW2 on our timeline and opt for different tactics, starting with the annihilation of whole families linked with 'traitors' who went against their countries in our history.

Now for the last in the trilogy.

Ray Smillie
Michelle O'flynn
As the second of the Trilogy, this story keeps one on the edge of one's seat, urging on the allies and regretting the loss of favourite heroes. Unfortunately this book doesn't have the list of characters and their assigned duties/ships as the first, so I had to rely on memory a lot of the time, but it did sort itself out along the way. The Future is well entrenched in 1940's America and the struggle for the general population to deal with 'new-age' social justice rights and responsibilities is a ...more
WWII takes on a new tack with the appearance of the Multinational force from the year 2021. Stalin removes Russia from the Allies and turns to the Axis. It's now a high tech war bringing the world to the brink of annihilation.
Andrew Morgan
This is the second in the 'Axis of Time' trilogy, the first is 'Weapons of Choice',the last is 'Final Impact', which I shall be reading next.

It continues with the 'Axis of Time' saga. The multinational naval task force still remains in the 1940's after the transition from the year 2021, there is no hope of returning home. Russia, Japan and Germany are racing to gather as much of the future technology as possible, to better their ability to wage war. Another twist, is that the axis manage to acce
Jul 05, 2015 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like alternate history fiction, this is VERY good. World War II, with 21st century interlopers. For good, and ill. The first book in the series started fast, and never let up. This 2nd book started a little slower, picking up a few month after the first. But one it gets rolling, it really rolls. Fun all the way to the end. Looking forward to Book 3.
Andy Matthews
Sep 06, 2015 Andy Matthews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Dense with juicy detailed military goodness. If you're a fan of Tom Clancy then you'll absolutely love this fantastic series.
Apr 21, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good sequel to Weapons of Choice. It wouldn't work as a stand-alone book (plots not resolving, etc) but as the middle book of a trilogy it's fine. I actually liked it better than the first book in some ways: it doesn't have inordinately long battle descriptions and while it still has too many characters, because I read the books back-to-back I can keep most of them straight now. I found it annoying that this book didn't have the date/time for each chapter header, but that's a minor gri ...more
Aug 12, 2012 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The next compelling chapter in the story of mixing modern tech and social habits with the past and it's limited tech and conservative thinking. Whilst 2.1 setup the story and what may come, 2.2 heads straight into it and it doesn't stop until the back cover has closed. Action packed, not just with the fighting of the war, but with the fighting between new and old. Social customs that have been turned on their head are just as riveting as those of the old tactics and new tech taking each other on ...more
Ryan Rauber
Jan 03, 2012 Ryan Rauber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rare sequel that's even better than the first book. I couldn't put this down. Like the first book, involves an alternative history where a UN task force from the year 2021 somehow winds up in 1942, on the eve of the battle of Midway. I love the story of how each group has to adapt to the customs of each other, while having a fight a world war in the process. And with the Axis powers and the USSR learning of it's alternate fate, the author presents an intelligent what-if scenario of how the wor ...more
Nov 28, 2014 Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rip roaring alt history Sci Fi book, unfortunately had 7 errors which knocked it out of contention for 5 stars.
Jun 20, 2012 Lee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Grand Guignol alternative history war novel. The second of a series, by the same author of the last novel I read (shaking my head [SMH]). That novel (Without Warning) was similarly thrilling in a horror novel/war novel/bizarrely compelling "what if" hybrid manner. Also similarly, Without Warning was one of a trilogy that I enjoyed w/o feeling the need to read the others. This is how I feel after reading Designated Targets, the second of the Axis of Time trilogy. Enjoyed it. Not on fire to read t ...more
Debbie--I have a headache from GR
I didn't like this as much as the first book - too much went on in too many different locations to really get more than a fleeting sense of the situation before the reader was whooshed off somewhere else. I would have liked a bit more of the cultural/social ramifications of the Transition, as well as more of the personal moments between the future-types meeting and interacting with their family.
Still, a good read. I have to respect Birmingham not pulling any punches, and showing he isn't afraid
The description of the world in the near-future, and the descriptions of the biased social attitude of the soldiers and majority of civilians towards the officers and enlisted personnel of the time-travelling task force, was (once again) fascinating. John Birmingham successfully balanced a large number of characters, settings, sub-plots, and subjects of this titanic struggle by keeping the narrative readable and interesting. I eagerly look forward to reading the third and final book in this seri ...more
Fiona Ottley
Jun 27, 2014 Fiona Ottley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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John Birmingham grew up in Ipswich, Queensland and was educated at St Edmunds Christian Brother's College in Ipswich and the University of Queensland in Brisbane. His only stint of full time employment was as a researcher at the Defence Department. After this he returned to Queensland to study law but he did not complete his legal studies, choosing instead to pursue a career as a writer. He curren ...more
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Axis of Time (4 books)
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