Final Impact

Final Impact

by John Birmingham

The world is thrown into chaos as Roosevelt, Hitler, Churchill, Tojo, and Stalin scramble to adapt to new, high-tech killing tools, and twenty-first-century ways of war.For uptimers like Britains Prince Harry and the men and women who serve aboard the supercarrier USS Hillary Clinton, war is a constant struggle with their own downtime allies, who are mired in ignorance and bigotry.As the Allies counter the Nazi assault and set off for the coast of France, Japan begins to buckle, soon every battle will be played out in a lethal dance of might and intelligence, unholy alliances and desperate gambles, and each clash will be fought with the ultimate weapon; knowledge from the future.Thanks to the historical records, all sides know that two superpowers will emerge, while the losers will be pounded into submission.

But time has shifted on its axis, so none know who will survive, or how peace will take hold in a world turned upside down.

  • Series: Axis of Time
  • Language: English
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Rating: 4.01
  • Pages: 343
  • Publish Date: January 30th 2007 by Del Rey
  • Isbn10: 0345457161
  • Isbn13: 9780345457165

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no, you KNOW that it isn't.

References to balls occur several times in the book. For example, a character moves to Canada, but Birmingham can't be arsed to pick a town - ANY town - in Canada for the character to move to. I know I have a tendency to gripe about inane, ridiculously dumb things, and this certainly is one, but this is just a testament to how good this book is. Birmingham is really good at this and I'm glad I stumbled into this series.

World War 2.3: Final Impact is the conclusion to the Axis of Time trilogy, following Weapons of Choice and Designated Targets. Final Impact marks a solid conclusion to the trilogy, although unfortunately some of the more interesting elements that were being developed in Designated Targets seem to have been scaled back. Final Impact marks a solid ending to the series, with the war rapidly winding down after the nukes start being deployed. Final Impact (****) is a solid and worthwhile conclusion to this intriguing trilogy.

When I first started Final Impact I thought I had somehow made a mistake and missed an entry in the series. I very much enjoyed the approach taken with these books and also with the conclusion as it was not where I thought this saga would end up.

Thots so far: I do like how the author has mixed 'old' tech with the 'new' modern tech in the series, especially this book. It bugs me to no end that the Allies 'are so far behind' in the technological race as it were and yet the Germans and Russians 'are so far ahead' with no justification for it. sigh I guess that means she'll survive until the end of the book. (hide spoiler)

Characters were hard because of the future they came from but they have some humanity.

John Birmingham grew up in Ipswich, Queensland and was educated at St Edmunds Christian Brother's College in Ipswich and the University of Queensland in Brisbane.