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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No one could stop them-not Stalin, not Togo, not Churchill, not Roosevelt...The invaders had cut the United States virtually in half at the Mississippi, vaporized Washington, D.C., devastated much of Europe, and held large parts of the Soviet Union under their thumb.But humanity would not give up so easily. The new world allies were ruthless at finding their foe's

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No one could stop them-not Stalin, not Togo, not Churchill, not Roosevelt...The invaders had cut the United States virtually in half at the Mississippi, vaporized Washington, D.C., devastated much of Europe, and held large parts of the Soviet Union under their thumb.But humanity would not give up so easily. The new world allies were ruthless at finding their foe's weaknesses and exploiting them. Whether delivering supplies in tiny biplanes to partisans across the vast steppes of Russia, working furiously to understand the enemy's captured radar in England, or battling house to house on the streets of Chicago, humankind would never give up.Yet no one could say when the hellish inferno of death would stop being a war of conquest and turn into a war of survival-the very survival of the planet...

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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400143955
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
10/11/2010
Series:
Worldwar Series, #2
Edition description:
Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.80(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

Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice-overs, where he has been heard on more than 5,000 TV and radio commercials, as well as TV promos, narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E and the History Channel, and films.

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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 labored to page 141 of 562 before giving up on this thin fantasy about an invasion from outer space by humans in every aspect but outer appearance and a few superficial quirks. The writer jumps from one set of characters and geographical locations to another without transition from paragraph to paragraph. The alien conquerors came prepared to fight stone age humans but arrive during WWII. This is the first and only plot twist that's scientifically valid given the time elapsed during prolonged space travel. I was intrigued at that point and expected more to come. It didn't. The aliens get here with weapons exactly the same but slightly better than Earth's. How could there have been such a vast discrepancy between their advanced scientific ability no navigate the cosmos with a large military organization and their Earth-mimicking weapons technology of the early 1940s? And why would they have needed such overwhelming firepower and nuclear weapons to wage war against the sparse, thinly spread Stone Age population they expected to find? I find this scenario contrived and unlikely. Beyond that, the stereotyped characters, human and alien are only briefly depicted. I felt frustrated by never getting to know anyone beyond the obvious and mundane. Maybe this shallow fantasy takes a turn for the better later on, but somehow, I doubt it.
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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