I had to listen all the way through all 3 books, mainly because I have free credits but also because I was determined to see how bad it could get. Awful, just plain awful. The premise and idea is sound for good alt history but the author and his characters are completely one dimensional. He just disposes of many characters in a sidelight like he ran out of ideas. The ending......ugh..... its like the editor told him to wrap it up so he did quickly, leaving many story lines unfinished and others ended with an after thought.
The author is a master of alternate reality with a military twist. This novel continues the US beat down of the CSA. If you happen to be a confederate sympathizer, this novel and the entire three book series will leave you disappointed.
My two criticisms of Mr. Turtledove are that there are just way too many characters to follow and he should leave the sex scenes out because.... well, they are kind of creepy, like reading about your grandma or something.
I have gone through 4 straight novels in the series (thats over 100 hours of Turtledove) so I am going to take a break and move to the 5th book in the excellent Destroyermen series.
Awful, just awful. There was an interesting premise but if I had to listen to one more use of the words "moist" or "throbbing" or "straining" I was going to puke. The charachters are complete cliche..... Never made it to the second half.
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