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Kirov Saga: Hinge Of Fate: Altered States Volume III (Kirov Series Book 11) [Kindle Edition]

John Schettler
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Altered States: Volume III ~ Hinge of Fate
As Alan Turing pursues the baffling discovery of the strange cache of information code named Geronimo, Admiral Volsky sails to meet with the British on the Faeroes, bearing an offer of formal alliance between Soviet Russia and Great Britain. There Tovey learns the startling truth behind the mysterious ship that has haunted him all his life.
Sergeant Troyak’s mission aboard airship Narva faces danger and mystery on the Stony Tunguska, even while elements of two other airship fleets converge on the inn at Ilanskiy—the hinge of fate.
Meanwhile, Hitler hopes to secure another vital ally so that he can breathe life into Admiral Raeder’s long advocated Mediterranean strategy. It will begin with Operation Felix the assault on Gibraltar. As Britain steels itself for possible invasion, the Royal Navy must now rally to the defense of the embattled garrison at Gibraltar, England’s Rock in the Med, another hinge of fate that could turn the entire course of the war should it fall. Opposing them are the three elite regiments of the German Army, and a resurgent Kriegsmarine led by a fearsome new gladiator, the Hindenburg.
The alternate history of WWII in 1940 continues in this exciting third volume in the Altered States segment of the amazing Kirov Series!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 799 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Publisher: The Writing Shop Press (13 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The story continues 19 Mar. 2014
By MrJonno
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This volume is concentrating a lot more on the non-Kirov centred alternative history which isn't a bad thing for a change. Try not to think about time travel paradoxes or your brain will explode (or paradox itself my eat you). One thing I really like a is I really have no idea where this world is going and neither do the characters (does the author :)

My only regret is that John Schettler occasionally sleeps so he can't bring up new volumes fast enough. Probably didn't help me emailing him all the time and getting such detailed replies
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kirov, Hinge of Fate 31 Mar. 2014
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Another brain and time twisting thriller from John Schuster. His attention to historical detail is incredible. Leaves you wanting more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine kettle of fish 17 Mar. 2014
By Don - Published on
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This book just came out; I bought and read it in one sitting, though it's not short - it is indeed a book length edition, and was a 4 hour read.

But if this is your first look at Schettler's Kirov series, Hinge of Fate is not the one to start with. It's actually book 11 in a series originally meant as a mere trilogy; or it's book III in the latest trilogy within that series of 3 trilogies (plus segue books between those). It's better to start with the first in the entire series Kirov (Kirov Series)
... or with book 1 of the latest trilogy ALTERED STATES. Kirov Saga: Altered States (Kirov Series)
Then read your way through the adventures up to buying this volume too. Otherwise, it'll be like jumping in to the middle of Bobby Hardenbook's 6 book series, or a middle volume of one of Turtledove's interminable series.

This is not fantasy, it's hard military SciFi, and John knows from his deep background as a wargame designer how to research, collect, and plausibly deploy both technology of the time, and appropriate character roles for all involved. You get to know the thoughts and reactions of each of the Kirov crew.

It's also not Schettler's first alternate history/time travel series. I didn't notice any inappropriate technology insertions, nor typos in this volume, though did spot one wrong word that (being valid) slipped past the spellchecker, plus 5 or 6 places where an American military slang label gets used instead of the Russian term. You'll only notice if you are one who is vexed by such things.

Now what it's about - a modern (ca. 2020) Missile Cruiser that is unexpectedly bounced into the 1940s Atlantic - but unlike Weapons of Choice (another good series) isn't there permanently, as what triggers its time shift can and does reoccur. Past books of this series are a military historian's romp through several important naval periods and battle scenarios, while developing a companion and interwoven time travel theme.

In Altered States, Schettler not only continues Kirov's odyssey, but also explores the what-ifs that ensue from little changes Kirov's crew accidentally made in past sojourns - like what if The Soviet Union wasn't solidly one WWII force, and what if those tweaks caused Hitler in 1940 to actually try Plan Felix - Admiral Raeder's approach to seizing the Mediterranean and Middle East - using some of the Z Plan ships that in this post-Washington Treaty timeline, WERE combat ready. Do you want German carriers? They're here.

If that's not enough, the first 47 percent of the book is something else - internal Russian land conflicts using post WWI airships. For you who've devoured all prior volumes, you'll like this one too - it aptly builds on (but for any new reader does not recap or reintroduce) the main characters, as you already know them well. A new reader who doesn't grasp the back story, will be likely confused if they begin with this volume).

For a military history fan, the conflict accounts seem a bit hurried, with narrative more than on-the-scene characters; as John is still packing sub-story set up material into this volume, The only real criticism of this book is that still, the story isn't finished, the naval buff used to the prior volumes will want more. There are battles, but Kirov does not fight them directly - but her crew shore parties certainly do. There is no closure point for either main substory here.

No worries, John is already working on ALTERED STATES volume 4. You don't have to wait a year. Get this volume III before he finishes the next one at his amazing writing speed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Kirov Into the Fray Once Again. WWII Retold 5 Aug. 2014
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We continue the alternate history saga of the Russian battle cruiser Kirov. WWII has truly fallen off track as far as our history is concerned due to the Kirov's messing with it and the author is now venturing into his own take on battles and political manuvering. Great concept that I await the next installment with great anticipation. I just wonder how he's going to wrap this up.... Can't wait to find out as I'll keep reading them as long as Mr. Schettler keeps 'em coming.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another outstanding sequal 26 Jun. 2014
By Robert Wong - Published on
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I have every book in the series, and this book not only continued the saga but continued to keep my interest. The author mixes history, science fiction, and interesting situations. These books were great reads, and I am already 40% in the latest "Three Kings."
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicting 22 May 2014
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I love these books. Long, intricate, and leave me waiting for the next one. I will keep buying EVERY one lol
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing 2 May 2014
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Waited for each sequel -- thankfully had most of them upfront. Waiting for more from this author and maybe more sequels.
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