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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
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Published October 25th 2005 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2005)
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Stephen
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
‘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
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Tony Calder
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.

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Chris
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
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Leon Aldrich
It is my hope that Birmingham does more alternate fiction. I can't get enough.
Tom Lynch
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.
D.w.
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
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Simeonberesford
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
Rahadyan
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
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David Sarkies
Jul 29, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Keith
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
Walt
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
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
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
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Karen
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
Lindsay
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
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
Allen
A rip roaring alt history Sci Fi book, unfortunately had 7 errors which knocked it out of contention for 5 stars.
Lee
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 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
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Stefan
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
Ryun
Most time travel stories center around the premise that something in the past has gone awry and our heroes have to reverse the course of history to set things right. DESIGNATED TARGETS, John Birmingham’s second entry in his “Axis of Time” trilogy and immediate sequel to 2004′s WEAPONS OF CHOICE, flips this idea and plants our time travelers smack dab in the middle of something that went pretty right: World War II.

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Nik
I really liked Weapons of Choice, but found parts of Designated Targets a little boring. Looking forward to Final Impact, though; I'm kind of ready for this series to be over.
Maxwell Heath
This book was pretty good. It jumps ahead about three months from the previous novel in the series, which is an interesting choice. I enjoyed the plot, although I sometimes felt unsure of just where things were going within this book, since it was unclear what plot elements would be resolved in this novel and what ones would be reserved for the final book. Also, the lack of time information sometimes makes the story feel a little vague.
Jeff
The scope of the thought experiment expands in this second book as the implications spread. But not a whole lot happens, and I didn't feel like there was a clear main thread to follow. Maybe this is because the book's main purpose is to set up the third and final one in the series. I will say that prince Harry is turning into one of the most interesting characters, to my surprise. Overall enjoyable, and I'll definitely read the last book.
Richard
Second in the "Axis of Time" trilogy. What would history be like if the Germany, Russia and Japan of 1942 got hold of modern weapons AND a complete set of history of the last half of the twentieth century, including their defeat and how it came about? How would an enclave of people and technology from the 21st century, set up in the LA of 1942, affect American values of the day?

Excellent look at an alternative history.
Topher
I seem to remember being borderline indifferent to the first book of the trilogy, but I found this one to be entertaining. I'm glad it's a trilogy, but I think that has more to do with reducing the number of series I'm reading simultaneously than anything being wrong with the books.

A good examination of what would happen if a 21st century UN task force were to find itself in the middle (or start) of WWII.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Axis of Time (4 books)
  • Weapons of Choice (Axis of Time, #1)
  • Final Impact (Axis of Time, #3)
  • Stalin's Hammer: Rome (Axis of Time, #4)
Weapons of Choice (Axis of Time, #1) He Died With A Felafel In His Hand Final Impact (Axis of Time, #3) Without Warning (The Disappearance, #1) After America (The Disappearance, #2)

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