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 weaknesses and exploiting them. Whether delivering supplies in tiny biplanes to partisans across the vast steppes of Russia, working furiously to understand the enemy's captured radar in England, or battling house to house on the streets of Chicago, humankind would never give up.
Yet no one could say when the hellish inferno of death would stop being a war of conquest and turn into a war of survival - the very survival of the planet....
©2009 Harry Turtledove (P)2010 Tantor
"Turtledove's thorough command of storytelling and historiography...assure us that this is an irresistibl[e] book." (Booklist)
This is the second book in the World War series. “In the Balance” is the first and you need to read that first.
So, if the first one gets you hooked and you understand that this has same type of non-ending; by all means go ahead and get this.
The order of the books are.
World War Books
In the Balance
Tilting the Balance
Upsetting the Balance
Sticking the Balance – not on Audible yet
“Colonization series” Post War books can be read independently if you are not interested in the World War books.
Down to Earth
Aftershocks – not on Audible yet
First let me say, the performance of the reader is good, though I think his accents are sometimes a bit off.
The story itself is passable. This is what I consider to be Turtledove's middle phase, where his books start to get more pulpy, but haven't quite achieved the canned--dialed in--quality of his later works (yes I get it, ww2 where the fought battle for battle, but in the US with Confederate Nazis. Great job!)
If you liked the first book in the series, which you should have read before you get to reading this review, you will enjoy this most likely.
In this sequel to the first book, the narrator reads the story as it was written, using his voice to delineate the different characters and even articulate onomatopoeias and certain sound effects. The sex scenes are... Well they could be shorter. Anyway sweet scifi novel, hopefully Will Smith's son will be given a chance to ruin it if it becomes a miniseries or movie in the future.
Very well done science fiction with enough history and historical references to be interesting. Great for work listening because the plot is simple.
If you've enjoyed the first book in this series, you should enjoy this one as well. I like the story, but what really makes this title enjoyable for me is the performance by Todd McLaren. He has different voices for the characters and does a good job providing accents for the different nationalities. Not all narrators do this, and it makes listening to this book much more enjoyable.
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