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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (4 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141029137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141029139
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.3 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An action-packed, cracking good read ((Of Designated Targets) Herald-Sun )

If there was a Booker for explosive alternative history techno-thrillers with guts and brains, it would be a cinch ((Of Weapons Of Choice) Sydney Morning Herald )

An excellent page-turner ((Of Weapons Of Choice) FHM )

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John Birmingham lives in Australia, and is the author of the cult classic He Died With a Falafel in His Hand and the award-winning history Leviathan. Between writing books he contributes to a wide range of newspapers and magazines on topics as diverse as biotechnology and national security

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Sparkes on 13 Mar. 2009
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After reading parts one and two i was expecting one hell of a novel to round it all off.

John Birmingham almost succeeded.

while most of the plot threads are resolved, and yes you do find out who the Murderer was, there are several that he's either forgotten or couldn't think of a way to wrap them up.

I know it's a trilogy, but i can't help feeling it needs another book just to finish it all off.

however, don't by any means think this book is a failure, far from it. it's a cracking read that rattles along at one hell of a pace. if you've read the first two you need to read this one.

all in all an excellent trilogy and I'm very grateful i found it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Krix on 26 Feb. 2009
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Apart from the pace of action in this book, following on from the previous two, it highlighted to me the significant changes in attitudes since the 1940's. The reduction today in racial and bigoted views compared with 70 years ago. Gave me plenty of food for thought, particularly regarding the Muslim world and all religious fanatics and sects.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2009
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World War 2.3: Final Impact is the conclusion to the Axis of Time trilogy, following Weapons of Choice and Designated Targets. Those books chronicled how, in the year 2021, a UN multinational carrier taskforce was deployed to drive a terrorist insurgency out of Jakarta. Unfortunately, a nearby scientific vessel undertaking experiments into quantum tunnelling accidentally opened a wormhole through space and time, dumping the entire fleet on top of Admiral Spruance's US Navy fleet sailing to relieve Midway in the summer of 1942. With no way home, the UN force's presence rapidly changed the course of the Second World War.

The final novel opens in the late spring of 1944. Both the Axis and Allies are now equipped with considerable technological advances gleaned from the ships from the future. Jet aircraft fight on both sides, and the UN taskforce's immense AWACS and radar capabilities provide the Allies with considerable tactical and intelligence advantages over the enemy. Germany and Japan made alterations to their strategies after capturing some of the ships from the future themselves and these paid off in the short term, with Germany and the USSR concluding a cynical peace and Japan successfully invading Australia and occupying Hawaii. Driven by their superior economic base, however, the Allies are now resurgent, having retaken Hawaii and defeated a German invasion of Britain before preparing their own, improved version of D-Day. The Allies, the Germans and the Russians are now in their own, frantic races to complete the atom bomb before the others, for whoever develops a nuclear arsenal the earliest will likely be the side that wins the war.
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By Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Dec. 2010
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With the final book in the series I was expecting Birmingham to end on a high note and that definitely wasnt the case, while there are high points and some of the book is just as fast paced and exciting as the other books in the series this book sees many of the characters you may have grown to like and love either unceremoniously killed off or rendered inert, miserable and washed up.

Quite brilliant fictional renditions and characterisations of the Soviets abound in this book, they are as great as any of those of the Axis forces in the other books and in this one. The changes in leadership within Nazi Germany and fate of the Japanese and Nazis are done brilliantly although I kind of think that the deployment of atomic weapons and biological weapons is done a little casually when you consider the horror and capitulation attendent on the release of one atomic bomb and Churchill's firestom of Berlin in the original time line.

The possibility of major redirections in history, such as an alliance between Germany and the Allies or Japan (which Birmingham seems less hostile towards and portrays as at least in their leadership as somehow more honourable) and the Allies against Russia or an anti-communist crusade seemed to be only superficially dealt with. The ease with which the possibility of communism taking hold in Cuba, Vietnam and elsewhere I felt was unrealistic and didnt really consider the extent to which these developments where independent of superpower conflict and wrong turns in foreign policy.

As alternative history goes it remains one of the best books of its kind, as a naval actioner goes its great too (and has next to no competition), the sub-plots involving future vs.
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By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 July 2012
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The final book in a clever and entertaining trilogy. A number of warships from 2021 are thrown back into 1942 and will have a devastating impact. (Think the film The Final Countdown). By the time we get to this final volume, the race for nukes is on and modern technology and weapons are spread over all the participants.
This could have been a typical pulp alternative future series, but it has more depth than you might think. The leaders of the past have access to historical histories showing what happened to `them' and their campaigns so they are mixing things up a bit. Imagine a world where you find that you will become famous for sport/singing etc and you are part of a future history before you have made it! Likewise those from the future are of different sexes, races and colour, dropping into a world of prejudice. This was an interesting aspect for me, not quite explored enough in the desire to keep the story moving.
And a difficult job for the author who has had to look at existing history and consider the impact of change his 2021 people and technology will bring and make it feel logical. But this is not a book that deals with temporal sociology, it is a thriller with plenty of action. As such the trilogy is brought to a satisfying close.
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