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  • ISBN-13: 9781417708543
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Format: Library Binding

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2005

    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 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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Great read

    This book hits the ground running and does not stop to take a breath! The SF mix with WWII is innovative and engrossing! It's one that you will not put down. Enjoy it!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

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    Read it Enjoy it

    A very different look at history with some damn fine characters, very well done.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2005

    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-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.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2005

    bad choice for alternate history

    I picked this book up in the store to see what it's worth. And I must say that there must certainly be better authors with better books to publish than this. Being a fan of alternate history, to say the least, I must confess this book is a major disapointment. I find these rave reviews it is getting over rated, but perhaps because I desire a good alternate history based on history and human nature rather than the Politically Correct. It is one of the breed I have come to despise, a Politically Correct Sci-Fi a Star Trek set in the past devoid of reality and any real historical foundation. I put it back on the shelf rather than buy it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Nicely done

    In his "Destroyerman" series, Taylor Anderson sends a WW 2 ship into a pre-technological world, with interesting results. Here, Birmingham takes the opposite tack: how a multi-national naval flotilla from the near future would affect the outcome of WW 2 if it somehow was moved back to just before the Battle of Midway?
    More than just the differences in technology, Birmingham deftly handles how a fully integrated naval force, with African-American, female and gay officers would encounter the all-white prejudiced Americans of the early 1940's. Besides, the battle scenes are top-notch!
    I look forward to the next volumes in the series. Fans of alternative history will like this series!

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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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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Recommended reading.

    Very interesting book. On par with Harry Turtledove. Have to believe that the future of warfare meeting with the past was really great. I liked this book and it's following two others. The characters are written with great enthusiasm. How the future turns out??? You will just have to read the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Boooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

    Boooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2011

    crapp

    bad

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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 May 2, 2005

    What about book #2?

    The first edition of this trilogy was fantastic and flowed extremely well. I can't wait for the second book. I heard rumors that it was supposed to be published in April, but I haven't been able to find any news on it. Does anyone know when it's supposed to be released?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2005

    Frustrating!

    A terrific read. I really think it's very clever the way the author meshed old and new in a believable way; especially the characters from the past. He took the story a whole layer deeper by not only drawing a comparison between technologies but culture and attitudes as well. The frustration is waiting for the next book which is way off in April!

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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 September 16, 2004

    Excellent Alternate Timeline book

    Among the best I have read. Mr. Birmingham has an excellent grasp of both modern, and near future, weapons systems as well as the time, history and culture of the mid-1940's. He should make no apologies for offending anyone's PC sensibilities. He knows what the prevailing cultures and mores were and doesn't sugar-coat anything. My only question is, Hillary Clinton, great president and friend of the military? John, in this instance you must have crossed into your own alternate universe. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2004

    Choose Weapons of Choice

    A barn burner of a book! Now I have to wait for the next installments! Exceptionally good!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting alternate history tale

    In 2021, a 12,000 United Nations multinational military force gathers in the Pacific to end the ethnic cleansing of Chinese and Christians by the brutal Islamic Fundamentalist regime in Indonesia. However, an experiment goes awry aboard one of the ships, the Joint Research Vessel Nagoya; much of the joint task force is sent through a wormhole to 1942. Most of the vessels end up in the middle of the American fleet heading to battle off Midway Island; however some fall into the hands of the Japanese.--- The two allied navies struggle to interrelate as the mid twentieth century one is 100 percent white male while the twenty-first century group is diverse and multiracial with a high percent of females on board. When the future force fire power comes into being along with their knowledge of the war outcome, the American navy feels confident until the reality that the crew of the USS Hilary Clinton and others has changed the future. The Japanese now sees the technological means of winning the war with the vessels they have captured.--- This is an exciting alternate history tale with terrific battles that military science fiction readers will appreciate. The individual cast members are overshadowed by the varying collective attitudes of the future and ¿present¿ militaries. The 1940s navy is racist and sexist while the 2021 navy has women and minority in leadership positions. Finally how the futurists see terrorism after two decades since 9/11 is subtly superb with the 1940s crowd unable to envision Twin Towers let alone jets destroying them. John Birmingham opens his Axis of Time Trilogy with a fabulous comparative analysis of then vs. an extrapolated conversion of a future now.--- Harriet Klausner

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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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