Worldwar: Tilting the Balance (Worldwar #2)

Worldwar: Tilting the Balance (Worldwar #2)

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by Harry Turtledove, Todd McLaren
     
 

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This is the second volume in New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove's splendid alternative history saga about an alien invasion in the middle of World War II.

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This is the second volume in New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove's splendid alternative history saga about an alien invasion in the middle of World War II.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The second volume of Turtledove's Worldwar series (after Worldwar: In the Balance), an alternate-history saga in which lizard-like aliens invade Earth during WWII, quickly bogs down. As the plot moves among the huge cast of characters, including many historical figures (Ribbentrop, Roosevelt, Zhukov), and as Turtledove meticulously describes various tanks, planes and guns, readers will realize that they, too, must suffer for the author's research. And none of that homework has bred any subtlety: good people have good sex, while corrupt people suffer appropriate retribution. National and ethnic stereotypes abound, too: the British are more capable than they seem; the Germans are keen mechanics; most Americans, of course, are paragons. There are exceptions, of course-a few interesting lizards and a peace-talking Chinese woman-but it isn't hard to figure out which world leader will ``tilt the balance'' by using the first human-made atomic bomb. With so much attention paid to the machinery of war and the machinery of history, Turtledove rarely engages the subtleties of character, resulting in a novel that, despite offering its share of mind candy, never makes its many intrigues sufficiently gripping. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Following Earth's invasion by an extraterrestrial race of lizardlike beings, World War II veers drastically off its intended course as Axis and Allied powers relucantly engage in cooperative efforts to resist conquest by a technologically superior common enemy. Revolving around the race to achieve nuclear parity with the aliens, the second volume in Turtledove's latest alternate history series focuses on efforts in the United States, the Soviet Union, Japan, and Germany to unlock the secrets of the atom-regardless of cost or consequence. Historic and fictional characters blend seamlessly in this superbly crafted, compelling venture into speculative history. This sequel to Worldwar: In the Balance (LJ 11/15/93) belongs in most sf collections.
From the Publisher
"Turtledove's thorough command of storytelling and historiography...assure us that this is an irresistibl[e] book." —Booklist Starred Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400113958
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
10/11/2010
Series:
Worldwar Series, #2
Edition description:
Unabridged 20 CDs, 24 hrs 50 mins
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.70(d)

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From the Publisher
"Turtledove's thorough command of storytelling and historiography...assure us that this is an irresistibl[e] book." —-Booklist Starred Review

Meet the Author

Hugo-winner and historian Harry Turtledove is equally renowned in science fiction for his rigorously thought-out alternate history novels and in fantasy for his tales of the supernatural placed in historically accurate settings. For Baen, he has written "The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump", and the popular "Gerin the Fox" series, "Wisdom of the Fox" and "Tale of the Fox". He has also authored the Ingram bestseller "Guns of the South" and the genre bestsellers in the "World War" series for Del Rey.

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Worldwar 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
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Love the story but therr are a lot of spelling & grammer errors that need to be corrected.
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Cant say much awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Turtledove does great alternate histories, and aliens invading during WWII is just too fun! Especially when said aliens have badly outdated intel. One really bad thing that lost this book a star: it is as if the analog book had been scanned into ebook format with some really poor software. This cause a lot of grammatical and spelling errors. For the money I spent, I expect professional editing. -Town Crier
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love most of the characters and the depth in the story is cool.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've keep hearing about the author and this series was recommended to me based on my love for sci-fi. I was really hoping to like his work but I can't get over how he jerks the reader around like an irate redneck mad at his junkyard dog. I like The Race and most of the characters but find it jarring ending one charater's paragraph and then abruptly starting another's with no idea who he's talking about or where the story is geographically until the middle of that character's paragraph. Any kind of transition would be welcome but the author likes to storytell in one long run-on chapter. I'm glad others take delight in his writings but this will be my first and last purchase by this author.
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Very good story from the master of alternate history.
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kamas716 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. The premise behind it (aliens invade earth to unexpectedly find us in the middle of WWII using weapons that are nearly the equal of theirs) was fun, the writing was good. I liked the characters. Unfortunately, the story doesn't end with this book, and the others in the series weren't quite as good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harry Turtledove is a master!! :)
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Jason Cook More than 1 year ago
My first turtledove series. It was love at first read. I wish that a movie would be made of this series. I highly recommend it.
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Ungodly More than 1 year ago
This is a good book, mostly because it's the first book in the series. I cannot however recommend that you read it. After toiling through books 2-4 in this series it has become painfully obvious that I should have just read the last book in the series, #4. I'd say that about 1/3rd or possibly even less of each subsequent book is actually new material. The rest is constanting restating and rehashing of previous concepts, ideas, thoughts and conversations. Its absurd to the point that I find myself skipping 10-15 pages at a time sometimes just to get through stuff that's been repeated over and over and over and over. Another thing that is annoying is that the cover art on the books is misleading. They don't actually depict any event taking place in the book. The concept is good and the story is entertaining. Someone could probably make it alot better by editing it down to one book.
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Deanna Diamon More than 1 year ago
Mix a little sci-fi, a bit of history, and some intrigue, and you get what folks would call a crackling good 'what-if' yarn. As always, Harry Turtledove does a good job with military battle scenes and political manuevering, but the characterizations depend a bit too much on the reader's familiarity with the historical figures. Still, it's a good read and there's no better way to get young adults interested in history.
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