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Worldwar: Striking the Balance (Worldwar #4)
     

Worldwar: Striking the Balance (Worldwar #4)

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by Harry Turtledove
 

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WORLDWAR: BOOK 4
At the bloody height of World War II, the deadliest enemies in all of human history were forced to put aside their hatreds and unite against an even fiercer foe: a seemingly invincible power bent on world domination.
With awesome technology, the aggressors swept across the planet, sowing destruction as Tokyo, Berlin, and Washington,

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WORLDWAR: BOOK 4
At the bloody height of World War II, the deadliest enemies in all of human history were forced to put aside their hatreds and unite against an even fiercer foe: a seemingly invincible power bent on world domination.
With awesome technology, the aggressors swept across the planet, sowing destruction as Tokyo, Berlin, and Washington, D.C., were A-bombed into submission. Russia, Nazi Germany, Japan and the U.S. were not easily cowed, however. With cunning and incredible daring, they pressed every advantage against the invader's superior strength, and, led by Stalin, began to detonate their own atom bombs in retaliation.
City after city explodes in radioactive firestorms, and fears grow as the worldwide resources disappear; will there be any world left for the invaders to conquer, or for the uneasy allies to defend?
While Mao Tse-tung wages a desperate guerrilla war and Hitler drives his country toward self-destruction, United States forces frantically try to stop the enemy's push from coast to coast. Yet in this battle to stave off world domination, unless the once-great military powers take the risk of annihilating the human race, they'll risk losing the war.
The fatal, final deadline arrives in Harry Turtledove's grand, smashing finale to the Worldwar series, as uneasy allies desperately seek a way out of a no-win, no-survival situation: a way to live free in a world that may soon be bombed into atomic oblivion.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Turtledove's grand tetralogy of an alternate WWII interrupted by an alien invasion draws to a satisfactory conclusion in this follow-up to Upsetting the Balance, and with a few surprises to boot. The Chinese woman Liu Han, for example, is seen climbing the hierarchy of the Chinese Communist Party as it comes under the control of Mao Zedong. Moishe Russie helps negotiate the final armed truce between the alien Lizards and the humans, with the Lizards withdrawing from most human territory in return for being allowed to settle many deserts in anticipation of the arrival of their colonists. (Neither side can survive an indefinitely prolonged nuclear exchange, and the Lizard edge in technology has been rapidly vanishing.) Readers will be happy to see Ludmila Gorbunova and Heinrich Jaeger reunited, and to note their roles in the final disposition of the heroic lunatic Otto Skorzeny. Turtledove's historical scholarship, narrative technique, dry wit and deft characterization distinguish this novel just as they did its predecessors, making it a rousing wrap-up to a monument of alternate history from a master of the genre. (Dec.)
Library Journal
In this fourth book and conclusion to the alternate World War II history series (the prior installment was Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance, LJ 12/95), Turtledove mixes historical and fictional characters in a war of combined Axis and Allied forces against invading reptilian aliens. Recommended for collections with the earlier books.
Kirkus Reviews
Final installment of Turtledove's long alternate-history Worldwar saga (Upsetting the Balance, 1996, etc.), in which the progress of WW II is disrupted by lizardlike alien invaders. A conservative and ancient race, the aliens—they sent out probes a thousand years ago—were expecting to go up against pikemen and armored knights on horseback. Instead, they're facing nuclear weapons and a world that has united against them.

A cast of thousands with a plot to match, well-drawn if unoriginal aliens, a wealth of fascinating speculation—and scope for any number of sequels.

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"A cast of thousands with a plot to match, well-drawn...aliens, a wealth of fascinating speculation." —Kirkus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345412089
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Series:
Worldwar Series , #4
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
321,181
Product dimensions:
6.86(w) x 10.74(h) x 1.24(d)

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"A cast of thousands with a plot to match, well-drawn...aliens, a wealth of fascinating speculation." —-Kirkus

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: Striking the Balance (Worldwar #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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Jason Cook More than 1 year ago
I find his books hardto put down and very exciting. This is a great conclusion to this part in the world war series. I highly recommend it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't read the first 3 books because the author continually repeats the same dialog over and over. No Need to reed th first few books in the series because the entire history is rehashed in each book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like reading Prof. Turtledove's book. I am a student of history and a sci-fi fan so I find the confluence of the two all the mroe interesting. Harry's problem, though, is that he makes his plotlines too complex and long-winded. With the exception of Guns of the South, I cannot think of an alt-hist novel or series he has written that couldn't be improved by hacking out some of the plotlines and excercising some restraint in number-of-words-used. Harry has the ability (shared with Tom Clancy) to spend three pages saying that which can be stated in a paragraph or two.