Summary

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?
©2009 Harry Turtledove (P)2010 Tantor
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"Turtledove exhibits his genuine feel for crafting believable answers to historical 'what ifs.'" ( Library Journal)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Napoleon of Dorset on 03-08-16

Fun story, weird narration

A fun tale, but the narrator has absolutely no idea how to do British accents.

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5 out of 5 stars
By John on 03-03-15

Very enjoyable

loved the story, yes it had its slow moments ( for me it was Lu han in China) but overall this was a great third story in this saga!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Steven on 06-04-15

Liked it!

I loved it but I'm a sucker for humanity kicking an unrealistic amount of alien ass.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jack on 10-01-17

More a soap opera than a war story

It's so unfortunate because the performance is so great and some of the stories are really good and interesting. Unfortunately you have to stomach the other stories to get to them, and they're hardly worth the time.
Whilst certainly a step up from the previous novel, it leaves the listener impatiently waiting to get back to the better characters and stories instead of enjoying all of them

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