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Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance (Worldwar #3)

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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 ...

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Overview

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?

While physicists race to perfect the atomic bomb, Earth's combined armies turn to their deadliest weapons to repel their extraterrestrial enemies. Meanwhile, the invaders are planning drastic measures of their own to ensure victory at any cost.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
Roland Green
More than balance is upset in the third volume of Turtledove's massive saga about an alternative World War II in which all Earth combatants must unite against invading aliens. The book begins with the defection of a high-ranking Lizard leader to Earth and ends with the first recorded mutiny in Lizard military history. Meanwhile, human nuclear programs bear fruit, and Lizard retaliation follows apace, so that both sides wonder whether the planet will be habitable at the end of the bombslinging. On the individual level, Jewish refugee Moishe Russie finds a way to return to Jerusalem; killercraft pilot Teerts frees himself from the Japanese, then gets into combat almost as dangerous as his captivity was; Jens Larssen is finally and drastically cured of jealousy over his wife's remarriage; and Colonel Jager and Ludmila remain separated by politics, nationality, lots of hostile Lizards, and the general exigencies of war. There will be one more volume in Turtledove's WWII rewrite, but be of good cheer: Turtledove has an alternative World War I in the works.
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"Turtledove exhibits his genuine feel for crafting believable answers to historical 'what ifs.'" —-Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345402400
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: Worldwar Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 182,629
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Turtledove was born in Los Angeles in 1949. After flunking out of Caltech, he earned a Ph.D. in Byzantine history from UCLA. He has taught ancient and medieval history at UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, and Cal State L.A., and has published a translation of a ninth-century Byzantine chronicle, as well as several scholarly articles.

He is also a full-time science fiction and fantasy writer; much of his creative effort has been devoted to alternate history or history-based fantasy. His alternate history works include A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE (a first-contact story), THE GUNS OF THE SOUTH (a speculative novel of the Civil War), and the Worldwar tetralogy that began in 1994 with WORLDWAR: IN THE BALANCE. His novella "Down in the Bottomlands" won a Hugo award in 1994, and he is the coauthor, with actor Richard Dreyfuss, of THE TWO GEORGES.

Two of his fantasy series, The Videssos Cycle and The Tale of Krispos, are set in a world modeled on the Byzantine Empire, and he returns to that universe with his current Time of Troubles tetralogy.

He is married to fellow novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    Frustration...

    While I beleive this to be a fine exemple of literary work, even if it is long winded and the author grinds his points into the dust, I'm so angry over what happened to the character Jens Larssen that I can't bring myself to read the final installment in the series. If this decision makes it so I miss some semblence of justice done on Larssen's behalf, oh well, I've passed beyond caring about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2002

    Yawn- has something interesting happened yet?

    Starts out good but 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.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Excellent continuation

    Turtledove continues the story with real characters, both historical and fictional. Excellent work.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Great book in a great series

    I highly recommend it. They were awesome.

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