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Weapons of Choice (Axis of Time Trilogy #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

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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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Treat this book as Sci-Fi and not a Techno Thriller

    All in all a good book after you get by the improbable circumstances that set the stage for the story. The resulting reactions by historical figures and the impact on where we might find ourselves today are fascinating.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

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    Excellent! Highly Recommend!

    Fast paced sea battles fought with conventional and super weapons. A lot of social problems and a lot of action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2005

    An entertaining read

    Weapons of Choice is an interesting and fairly well written entry into the alternate history genre. Birmingham displays a very believable knowledge of historical chacters and events. While in thematic terms it is not significantly different from The Guns of the South or Stirling's Nantucket books, it still makes for an interesting story for those of us who wish that 'The Final Countdown' had gone slightly differnet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2005

    recommened

    Good World War 2 book, with tiwist. Shocking how people changed from 1942 to today. Has some down time tough, not a bad read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2004

    Spell Check Please!

    An excellent read, but the many spelling mistakes and/or misused words distract from the storyline.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2004

    RIGHT UP THERE WITH TOM CLANCY

    Australian author John Birmingham makes his debut in the United States with not just a splash but a tidal wave. If Tom Clancy's a fav, you'll find Birmingham right up there with him when it comes to crafting action packed scenarios, volatile confrontations, and sheer drop-off suspense. Weapons Of Choice is 434 can't-put-down pages - promise! Our saga opens on January 15, 2021, just off of East Timor. U.S. ships and are set to take down an Islamic revolutionary government claiming 17,000 islands by Allah's decree. Thanks to battalion logistics officer Lieutenant Colonel Nancy Vivani the marines have 'the very best equipment other people's money could buy.' As for the ships - quite diverse, among them the USS Hillary Clinton, and with one you couldn't miss: 'The Joint Research Vessel Nagoya was a purpose-built leviathan, constructed around the frame of an 'eighty-thousand-tonne liquid natural gas carrier.' All set? Not quite. A military experiment goes awry, very much awry, throwing this armada back over eighty years to 1942, and where? Smack in the center of the naval task force non-stopping to Midway Atoll. What are the 1942 seamen to think of the time travelers who suddenly appear in their midst, and how will they react to weaponry they could not even imagine? As for the fighting men of 2021 suddenly jettisoned into the past, what must they do? Perhaps even more importantly, did an enemy come with them? The first in a planned Axis of Time trilogy, Weapons Of Choice is riveting alternate history. - Gail Cooke

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