Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.
When I read the preview I was really excited, exactly my kind of yarn. The premise is good and some the technical and sociological aspects are done well but the preaching !!!!
Military worshiping, god loving, peace-nik despising, xenophobic gibberish which just kept intensifying as time went by. I get it, characters need an angle but this was so one-dimensional and superior that if I had been there, John Matherson would have been first on my BBQ and not tear shed.
Books, movies etc often have ratings for violence, sexual themes, etc. What about one for crude and tedious propaganda. In the end I tolerated the book and will probably get the others but I am seriously considering the refund option for the first time ever in 12 years of audible membership.
Get this book, but don't say you weren't warned.
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In a war room in Washington, William Tecumseh Sherman and General Robert E. Lee huddle together and plan their next, joint military operation. In the jungles of Mexico, Ulysses S. Grant is locked in brutal combat with the best of the British Army. And in the heart of the new American South a fragile peace is threatened...
The big twist about half way is just silly and not believable, breaking the golden rule of alternate histories, credibility. The on-going inaccuracies regarding various military technologies is also grating. The book begins well but depictions of various characters and nationalities starts to grate - all americans are wise and folksy, all brits are upper class twits. Overall tolerable - just - but there are plenty of other better alt. histories to spend your cash on.
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What if, as a result of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the entire Pacific fleet of the U.S. Navy was destroyed, aircraft carriers and all. What if, the Japanese hadn’t been stopped in the South Pacific Islands and finally invaded the western shores of the United States. Here is a new, fictionalized, World War II scenario based on assumptions obtained from military historians and advisors. This is what could have happened in 1942 if the outcome of history had been different....
I don't often write reviews and really enjoy the books I get on Audible but this one is a joke. The first one I just couldn't finish.
The writing was juvenile to say the least, characters nothing but thin, and sometimes frankly racist, stereotypes. Worst of all this is an alternative history novel, one of the requirement is that it be believable, both as an historical possibility and in the scope of the tail. This story is just nonsense and fails those requirements in the first 10 minutes.
My children honestly write better prose than this and if audible actually read these reviews I would want my money back for this dud. Don't buy it !
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The New York Times best-selling master of alternate history delivers the captivating first novel in his new World War II series. Harry Turtledove imagines how the war in Europe would have ended had British prime minister Chamberlain refused to allow Hitler's annexation of the Sudetenland.
Decent story from Turtledove but must agree with other comments about the reader of this book - awful. Accents all over the place, I think the golden rule is if you can't do it naturally then don't try ! To emphasise the point am now listyening to the second book and it's huge improvement.
AD 264 - The Roman Empire is torn in two. The latest blazing novel in the Warrior of Rome series. The western provinces - Gaul, Spain and Britain - have been seized; to the east, on the plains of northern Italy, armies muster. War is coming. Everyone must choose a side. Ballista must journey the Amber Road to the far north to Hyperborea, back to his original home and the people of his birth. Yet not all welcome Ballista’s return. Does treachery pose the greatest danger?
I have loved this series of novels. You really can't fault Dr. Sidebottom's depth of knowledge in this field and he shows that knowledge without pretence or condecension to his audience. That said I can't help but feel that this - and even the 5th book - were instalments too far and that the saga should have ended in the Caucasas or in a different manner entirely - perhaps Balista and familia could simply have gone home. There was a feelng of tieing up loose ends here when such neat finishing hasn't been required previously. Still happy to have heard this instalment but not up to the standard of the first 4.