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Final Impact: World War 2.3 (Axis of Time Trilogy 3) [Paperback]

John Birmingham
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4 Dec 2008 Axis of Time Trilogy 3

The Sequence of event of the Second World War was altered forever at the very moment the task force of ultra-modern stealth warships emerged from a rip in the time-space continuum. Hurled back from 2021 to 1942 after a quantum experiment goes horribly wrong, no one could have predicted the impact of this futuristic fighting force. Chaos ensues...

In the third and final gripping instalment of the Axis of Time trilogy, the revised history of the War is more alarming than ever. Hitler and the Japanese race towards atomic capability; Stalin plots to tear down the future and rebuild it in his own image; and the allies begin their Great Crusade, with the weapons of know-how of the twenty-first century.

The final battle of the war is about to begin...

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Final Impact: World War 2.3 (Axis of Time Trilogy 3) + Designated Targets: World War 2.2 (Axis of Time Trilogy 2) + Weapons of Choice: World War 2.1 (Axis of Time Trilogy 1)
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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (4 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141029137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141029139
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 11.6 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,891 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 )

About the Author

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
4.0 out of 5 stars almost a satisfying conclusion 13 Mar 2009
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Future History 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid conclusion to the trilogy. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read 29 Jun 2014
By Roger
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A fast moving and compelling mixture of fact and futuristic fiction that you will find impossible to put down. Great Read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Birmingham 28 Jan 2014
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John Birmingham is a brilliant writer of alternative history novels. The final story in this trilogy proved to be a real page turner and left me wanting more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Right on target!! 8 May 2013
By Mark C
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I'm a big fan of this series, and think that it brings to an end the trilogy very well, emphasising the strange mix of optimism and bleakness that affects both the 'Temps and the Uptimers as the war comes to a close. With the 'new' technology so thoroughly ensconced throughout the world, and a slightly different end to the war, the knowledge that came back ensures that the future will be... interesting after the way. Can we have another trilogy? :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 28 Jan 2013
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A Gripping Story and excellent characters. Well written indeed. I would most definitely recommend it to anyone interested in alternate history novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Final Impact: World War 2.3 (Axis of Time Trilogy 3)
This is the 2nd book in a 3 book trilogy. A pacey well thought out read. The characters are believable and the plot provides an alternatve view from the middle of the 2nd World War... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Brialo
3.0 out of 5 stars satifying end to trilogy
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. Read more
Published on 9 July 2012 by Nick Brett
4.0 out of 5 stars john birmingham
I have now collected all 3 books in this riveting trilogy. Didn't intend to buy any but when ordering form library i wasn't able to keep them long enough to finish each book. Read more
Published on 22 April 2012 by Mp Coupland
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put them down!
What can I say, three of the best books I have probebly read. Although the huge first book looks like a marathon read and to be honest the first few pages disappointing, you then... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2011 by Peter Spearing
4.0 out of 5 stars Final Impact?
Having read all three novels back to back I can say that they are very good solid books with a very good alternative history story line, and some fine characters. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2011 by Mr. P. D. Yates
3.0 out of 5 stars Ending on a low note...
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... Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2010 by Lark
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