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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...

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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.

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

Harry Turtledove is an award-winning and bestselling author of science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. His alternate-history works include How Few Remain (winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel), The Man with the Iron Heart, the Worldwar saga, the Colonization books, and the Settling Accounts series.

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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