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Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance (Worldwar #3)
     

Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance (Worldwar #3)

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by Harry Turtledove, Todd McLaren (Narrated by)
 

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Communist China, Japan, Nazi Germany, the United States: they began World War II as mortal enemies. But suddenly their only hope for survival-never mind victory-was to unite to stop a mighty foe: one whose frightening technology appeared invincible. Far worse beings than the Nazis were loose. From Warsaw to Moscow to China's enemy-occupied Forbidden City, the

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Communist China, Japan, Nazi Germany, the United States: they began World War II as mortal enemies. But suddenly their only hope for survival-never mind victory-was to unite to stop a mighty foe: one whose frightening technology appeared invincible. Far worse beings than the Nazis were loose. From Warsaw to Moscow to China's enemy-occupied Forbidden City, the nations of the world had been forced into an uneasy alliance since humanity began its struggle against overwhelming odds. In Britain and Germany, where the banshee wail of hostile jets screamed across the land, caches of once-forbidden weapons were unearthed, and unthinkable tactics were employed against the enemy. Brilliantly innovative military strategists confronted challenges unprecedented in the history of warfare. Even as lack of fuel forced people back to horse and carriage, physicists worked feverishly to create the first atomic bombs-with horrifying results. City after city joined the radioactive pyre as the planet erupted in fiery ruins. Yet the crisis continued-on land, sea, and in the air-as humanity writhed in global combat. The tactics of daredevil guerrillas everywhere became increasingly ingenious against a superior foe whose desperate retaliation would grow ever more fearsome. No one had ever put the United States, or the world, in such deadly danger. But if the carnage and annihilation ever stopped, would there be any pieces to pick up?

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"Turtledove exhibits his genuine feel for crafting believable answers to historical 'what ifs.'" ---Library Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Axis and Allied powers continue to stand as one to defeat alien invaders in this third volume of Turtledove's alternate-history saga of WW II (Tilting the Balance; In the Balance). There are some unexpected twists here-the Lizards bomb Pearl Harbor, the Americans sacrifice Chicago-but none more surprising than the fact that, unlike in previous volumes, the narrative is dominated not by weaponry and tactics of war but by births and friendship. Liu Han's baby arrives in a Lizard internment camp; and the birth of Barbara Yeager's baby with her current husband, Sam, comes even as Jens Larssen, her physicist former husband, goes walkabout. Meanwhile, the theme of camaraderie in trying times comes to the fore, as does an emphasis on noble action. Even those who have been rooting for the Lizards from the start will notice that this volume highlights the finest, both alien and human, while disparaging the corrupt. After enjoying this morally aware addition to the series, and its many cameos by real-life figures (including Einstein, Stalin and Ribbentrop), most readers will be looking forward eagerly to the next.
Library Journal
In this third installment of Turtledove's alternative history of World War II, an alien invasion of Earth unites Axis and Allied forces in a battle for humanity's survival. As the embattled humans work together despite personal and national enmities, their technological advances begin to tip the balance of power away from the invaders. Turtledove exhibits his genuine feel for crafting believable answers to historical "what ifs." Most libraries will want to own this work along with the other titles in the series, In the Balance (LJ 11/15/93) and Tilting the Balance (LJ 2/15/95).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400143962
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
12/24/2010
Series:
Worldwar Series , #3
Edition description:
Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.80(d)

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"Turtledove exhibits his genuine feel for crafting believable answers to historical 'what ifs.'" —-Library Journal

Meet the Author

Harry Turtledove is the award-winning author of the alternate-history works The Man with the Iron Heart, The Guns of the South, and How Few Remain (winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel); the War That Came Early novels: Hitler’s War, West and East, The Big Switch, Coup d’Etat, and Two Fronts; the Worldwar saga: In the Balance, Tilting the Balance, Upsetting the Balance, and Striking the Balance;the Colonization books: Second Contact, Down to Earth, and Aftershocks; the Great War epics: American Front, Walk in Hell, and Breakthroughs; the American Empire novels: Blood & Iron, The Center Cannot Hold, and Victorious Opposition; and the Settling Accounts series: Return Engagement, Drive to the East, The Grapple, andIn at the Death. Turtledove is married to fellow novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca.

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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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