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Tilting the Balance by Harry Turtledove
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Mar 12, 10

Read in March, 2010

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 Unfortunately for them, this intelligence is no longer valid since they arrive in the middle of WWII.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 aliens' attack, the warring parties on earth join together, albeit painfully, to resist the invaders. Ironies abound, of course. Turtledove does well in depicting the frustration and bewilderment of the invaders as they find the feisty and surprisingly well-armed humans difficult to master, and he also effectively shows the confusion of various leaders and citizens of different countries trying to adapt to a sudden forced change in their loyalties and expectations.
Not a literary masterpiece, but good fun.

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