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Tilting the Balance (Worldwar #2)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  3,652 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
No one could stop them—not Stalin, not Togo, not Churchill, not Roosevelt...

The invaders had cut the United States virtually in half at the Mississippi, vaporized Washington, D.C., devastated much of Europe, and held large parts of the Soviet Union under their thumb.

But humanity would not give up so easily. The new world allies were ruthless at finding their foe's weakne
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Published October 20th 2010 by Tantor Media (first published February 21st 1995)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Yeah I know if you read my 2 star rating for the first in this series you probably wonder why I tried the second. I said it there. It's a great idea...unfortunately they just aren't very good books. I wish they were. The idea of a group of long lived slowly changing aliens (their civilization has changed little in 50,000 years) arriving expecting to find mounted horse warriors but instead finding the world in the middle of WWII is inspired. It could have been so good.... Instead we get a soap op ...more
Jan 16, 2012 Johnny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Anyone who follows my reviews and synopses of the books I read would know that I have a bias against the epic storytelling style where points of view skip around like flies on a garbage dump. Such a perspective runs the risk of having me lose interest when some of the characters don’t really seem compelling. I occasionally get this feeling in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (though I haven’t stopped reading it), but Martin has some characters that are strong enough to bring m ...more
May 01, 2014 Chip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book that I've read from Turtledove and I'm really impressed. He creates a very detail alternative world set during World War II. He makes use of many real-life people to intertwine between his rich other characters. People are thrown into tough war situations where they are battling for their lives. Yet in between, the struggle to carry on their lives the best they can. Since this is the 2nd in the series, I look forward to going back and reading the 1st (and continuing with t ...more
Turtledove continues his story of an alien invasion of Earth disrupting World War II and leading the Axis and Allies to put aside the war to fight the aliens together. He carries forward the characters and subplots he started in the first volume and continues the what-if and if-then process exploring how our history could have been changed by an development like this.
Justin Robinson
Mar 14, 2016 Justin Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of the same. That's a compliment.
Thoughts while reading:
It is funny, but on page 25, Jager thinks to himself how odd it was that he and Ludmilla consummated their desire for each other on June 22, 1941. It is like the author is trying to retroactively state when the Lizards invaded the Earth [either he forgot when he intended the aliens to have invaded or he had enough fans of the first book asking in which year of World War II did it take place, so he added that date for people to stop asking him]. The problem with this date i
Zéro Janvier
Ce deuxième volet m'a moins passionné que le premier, sans doute parce qu'il ne fait qu'explorer l'idée originale du précédent, mais j'ai quand même aimé le lire. En espérant que les deux prochains volumes ne conservent que le meilleur des deux premiers et évitent les passages les moins intéressants.
OK, so I have to admit that I picked up Book #2 in the Worldwar series. I was so completely annoyed with the first "book" that I was determined not to read any more. These are most definitely not stand-alone books, and at the end the many plot threads are almost all left hanging. I think the problem is that there are so many subplots that the only constant is the bad guys -- the Lizards -- and so even if one of the good guys gets killed or a battle gets won, there are still all sorts of things g ...more
Christian Scala
Jan 13, 2011 Christian Scala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza
Il ciclo dell'invasione di Harry Turtledove, lo scrittore statunitense nato a Los Angeles nel 1949 che è comunemente considerato un autore di allostorie, è una saga fantascientifica che è stata scritta tra il 1994 e il 1996 e ambientata nel corso della seconda guerra mondiale, mescolando elementi storici e ucronici al tema dell'invasione aliena.

Il ciclo è composto da quattro romanzi: "Invasione anno zero", "Invasione atto secondo", "Invasione atto terzo" e "Invasione atto finale". Dopo il ciclo
Humanity continues to battle the Alien "Race" and strange alliances are formed in this second volume of Turtledove's WorldWar Alt-history series.

The scenes where aliens are captured by Japanese and not treated all the well (unsurprisingly) are interesting. The scenes where an American corporal is guarding/babysitting two captured aliens and teaching them baseball? Less so.

So bit of a mixed bag here. But still enjoyable enough as the Aliens are still sufficiently alien and their increasing addi
Lasse Laitinen
In the case of Turtledove's Worldwar series, the first part had left me with an unspecified, a bit bothering feeling about the book, but I quite couldn't put my finger on it. Now after having read the second part I may be able to explain why these works didn't really fulfill my expectations. Turtledove describes events of a huge magnitude from a truly global perspective. Quite understandably, he alternates between the perspectives of different characters. They are both ordinary people and person ...more
Daniel Cornwall
This book was better than Tilting the Balance, the first book in the WorldWar series that answers the question "What if aliens invaded in World War II?" It had all "what if" strengths of the first book and fewer gratuitous yet unerotic sex scenes. The named historical characters remained plausible. I particularly like the characterizations of Stalin and Molotov. The depiction of the various powers and ethic groups struggling to set aside their differences long enough to drive the aliens from our ...more
Larry McCloskey
Former enemies, the Axis and Allies continue their struggle against the alien invasion. The spring has arrived and the aliens have broken out all over Europe and are driving across the plains in North America. Meanwhile, the superpowers of Earth continue their efforts to harvest the atom - the one weapon that may hold the aliens in check.

The fighting is fast and furious and Turtledove shows a refreshing willingness to kill off entrenched characters, which heightens the drama. The awkward and con
Mar 12, 2010 Al rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Volume 2 in the alternate history series. An alien race has arrived at earth, expecting to easily subjugate it for colonization. Their pre-arrival assessment of earth's military capabilities, however, is based on intergalactic observations at the time of the Dark Ages. Unfortunately for them, this intelligence is no longer valid since they arrive in the middle of WWII. Of course, they are astounded at what to them is the unbelievable rapid advancement in military capability. In response to the ...more
I am unsure while I am still listening to this audio book series. The language is very dated, and some of the way races are referred to grates - but it IS set during the WWII period and race relations in certain parts of the world were very divided. I think I am still listening to this because of how some of the characters are developed. Regardless of what one thinks of them, you get to wondering what happens next.

The premise of this 4-novel story is the repercussions of an alien invasion at th
Chad J
May 14, 2015 Chad J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: turtledove-harry
I have found the entire World War Series interesting and entertaining. I do find that Turtledove tends to repeat information in his books to often, its not like his readers can't remember information from one book to another!
Also Turtledove should stop writing sex dialog. Sorry buddy, you are just not very good at that.

What Turtledove is great at is presenting history from an alturnate reality. I find the books captivating and wanting more. Could stand a little less of hearing (And I Great You S
Holden Attradies
This volume was worlds better than the first. It was paced way more evenly and ended in the perfect place.

As the book goes on you really get the feeling of this war grinding on and the aliens starting to lose moment while very gradually, even while they lose, you can feel more than see how the humans are starting to pick up some momentum. The characters were a lot more believable and the details of the war, at least for me, were a lot more enjoyable. It felt, much more than the first volume, th
Dec 27, 2011 Todd rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this is the 2nd book in the series, and while I'm enjoying the storyline and what is behind it all .... this one dragged along. I would say there are a few too many storylines to follow and as soon as he wraps up one ... he splits another to create an additional one to follow. And the action in this one dragged as well. It wasn't until the last quarter of the book that I really started to enjoy it and didn't want to put it down till I was done. And then it dropped off abruptly and was done ...more
Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 22, 2014 Matteo Pellegrini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storico, fantastico

Hanno spaccato in due gli Stati Uniti. Hanno devastato gran parte dell'Europa. Sono feroci, potenti, inarrestabili. Gli ebrei polacchi li accolgono come liberatori, ma l'illusione finisce nel sangue. Dall'altra parte del mondo, Washington è vaporizzata in qualche secondo. Ma l'umanità non è disposta a cedere, che si tratti di trasportare rifornimenti attraverso le steppe russe o di cercare di capire le armi strappate al nemico, o ancora di combattere per difendere le proprie città. La guerra per

Brenton J.
Apr 29, 2012 Brenton J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series opened up a whole new world to me. It was the first alternate history type book I had ever read and at least for the few few in the series, it is the best. During one of the worst conflicts in the history of the world, aliens decide to invade. Alliances form in the most unlikely groups and heroes are born from the most unhero of people. This is a great series and I would recommend it to anyone. It did slow down towards the end of the series, but the first two or three books when the ...more
I like this book but it may be a one time read for me. The thing that really got me was the fact that the book is constantly repeating itself within characters. Example is how it (minor spoiler) CONSTANTLY has Sam Yeager talking about being a former baseball player and insistently talks about the division of the Jews/Russians and the Germans on the Russian Front. I get it, they don't like each other. It doesn't need to be repeated in every chapter from those POV characters though.

Besides that, v
Alan Smith
I like Turtledove's alternate worlds, I really do. I especially like the way he incorporates realistic details from our own universe, using "real" people as alternate characters. However, I think the "Worldwar" series by far the weakest. Having lizard invaders is just too far from reality to grab me as much as the others.

Having said that, it's a stonking idea, well written and with a few twists and turns to keep the reader glued. "Tilting the Balance" is the second in the series, and though the
Alex Lee
May 16, 2016 Alex Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi, 2016
This is less a full standalone novel than a piece in the middle of a series. The writing is still passable, but the flipping point of view is Turtledove's attempt to retain the "epic" scale so that we get a sense of what is happening overall worldwide. The characters are little more than foils to show the limits of who they are as racial and cultural differences. Beyond the inevitable ending -- there is really very little to recommend this book as a book, unless you are interested in the series.
Part 2 of the alien attack at the height of World War II. The concept is fascinating. Parts of the book are compelling and other parts are pretty dull, but I couldn't stop myself from continuing to the next page and chapter to see what happened next.

Turtledove has also started killing off some of the massive cast of characters. Maybe he got as tired of writing about them as I was of reading about them.

I want to pick up the next book and see what happens next in spite of the slow pace.
Larry Rolfes
May 06, 2014 Larry Rolfes rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to force myself to get through this book, as it moves incredibly slowly. Turtledove uses 600 pages to tell a story that could have easily been told in 200. The slow pace is primarily due to Turtledove's insistence on conveying the story via tedious dialog of only marginally interesting characters, filled with 1940s era cliches. I did finally finish this book, but in the end, it wasn't worth the time or effort. I won't go on to the third installment.
Mark Hanson
Love the story of an alternate history where aliens show up in the middle of World War II. Complex plot with lots of characters who's stories are woven together at various junctures.

Major downsides are language and unnecessarily graphic physical relationship scenes. Would not recommend for those points as they add very little to move the story forward.
Andrew Leon
Mar 27, 2011 Andrew Leon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Turtledove more than deserves his title of "master of alternate histories." A great sci-fi tale dense with a wealth of historical information. The prominent figures of WWII move in and out of the story and seem to hold true to what we know of these historical figures. Certainly worth the read if you like really hard core science fiction.
Dec 03, 2013 Brentman99 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who love Turtledove's books
I love the way that Turtledove creates and uses his characters. They are well developed and the continuity is excellent. Sam Yeager is one of my favourite fiction characters. I love the way that Turtledove weaves factual characters taking believable actions with his created cast.
Aug 11, 2010 Toby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun alternate history book. It is not as good as the first in the series, though: a few of the middle chapters dragged on too long, and Turtledove has a habit of repeatedly summarizing the situation of the characters which, while helpful, doesn't add anything to the story except length.
Decent AW where WWII is interrupted by an alien invasion. Besure to start the series with 1st volume (for the sake of your sanity).
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Dr Harry Norman Turtledove is an American novelist, who has produced a sizeable number of works in several genres including alternate history, historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction.

Harry Turtledove attended UCLA, where he received a Ph.D. in Byzantine history in 1977.

Turtledove has been dubbed "The Master of Alternate History". Within this genre he is known both for creating original sce
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