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Weapons of Choice (Axis of Time Trilogy #1)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Imaginative storyline and entertaining read

A terrific read. Birmingham effortlessly weaves a compelling yarn around an absolutely incredulous scenario. The collision of 1940s culture with 21st century soldiering makes for gripping reading. I'm not a huge fan of alternate history and it may jar with purist fans o...
A terrific read. Birmingham effortlessly weaves a compelling yarn around an absolutely incredulous scenario. The collision of 1940s culture with 21st century soldiering makes for gripping reading. I'm not a huge fan of alternate history and it may jar with purist fans of the genre. I normally read non-fiction, particularly military history. But I couldn't put it down. Read it in a day. A real page turner. It's well worth a look.

posted by Anonymous on September 25, 2005

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Interesting sci-fi, flawed history

This book is a moderately good read, considering it combines silly sci-fi, incredible coincidences, and flawed US military history. The future task force's only Japanese ship just happens to land in the middle of Task Forces 16/17, close enough for the middle-of-the-nig...
This book is a moderately good read, considering it combines silly sci-fi, incredible coincidences, and flawed US military history. The future task force's only Japanese ship just happens to land in the middle of Task Forces 16/17, close enough for the middle-of-the-night watch to see the Japanese flag? Yeah, sure. Too bad the two forces in reality sailed ten miles apart. Birmingham also makes a big deal of how 'crippled' the US Fleet becomes after this friendly-fire collision, but in reality the losses were little more that which happened actually at Midway and Guadacanal. Six to ten cruise missiles through Japanese carrier flight decks and the Pacific War would have been over, because the Japanese didn't have another large carrier scheduled to launch until 1944, by which time the US would have launched about 15. Instead, the future fleet attacks 1920-era Japanese battleships and POW camps. Again, in reality the carrier USS Saratoga arrived in Hawaii with 107 aircraft on June 8th, and hundreds of other aircraft arrived just before or after the battle of Midway. Birmingham also displays his lack of understanding of all things military by describing a 'twin-barreled 50mm chain gun', when in reality a 30mm gatling is the size of a Volkswagen by itself (I used to work on such). However, the social commentary is mildly interesting, especially the commando-type exploits of the female reporter. Maybe reporters got tired of being beheaded by assorted crazies by 2021.

posted by Anonymous on December 3, 2005

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