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Designated Targets: A Novel of the Axis of Time (Axis of Time Trilogy) Paperback – 25 Oct 2005
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Praise for Weapons of Choice
First book in the Axis of Time
"[A] weapons-grade military techno-thriller . . . It's like a Clive Cussler novel fell into a transporter beam with a Stephen Ambrose history, and they came out all fused together."
"High-tech intrigue and suspense similar to the works of Tom Clancy."
"From the Trade Paperback edition." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I found the first two episodes in this trilogy so fascinating that when I learned that the final instalment had been published in Australia several months before the US and UK releases I could not wait, but had to order that one from Oz. None of the books in the series disappointed me.
The full "Axis of Time" trilogy is
Weapons of Choice
In the first book, "Weapons of Choice" a multinational carrier battle fleet from the 21st century is accidentally sent back in time to 1942 when a scientific experiment goes wrong. They arrive in the middle of the US fleet which would have been about to win the battle of Midway, which immediately causes a major "friendly fire" incident; meanwhile the Japanese fleet which should have been sunk gets wind that something very odd is happening and escapes.
A different story in which a military unit was sent back to World War II might have given them a dilemma; should they intervene on the allied side, or try to minimise their impact in the hope of getting back through the wormhole to their own time without changing the past? Birmingham never gave his characters that option, as their arrival itself changed events beyond any hope of putting the timeline back in place. In this book his 21st century characters are struggling to make the best of the world they now find themselves in.
What happened at Midway was bad enough, although the the arrival on the Western side of a 21st century carrier battle group was more than enough compensation.Read more ›
What makes this book so enjoyable for me is Birmingham's imaginativeness. After reading the first volume, I wondered where he would take events from there. The answer is in surprising directions. On one level, it involves posing intriguing questions: What would the Japanese fighting World War II do with knowledge from the future? The Germans? The Americans? Birmingham's answers break away from the predominantly military focus of the first volume to areas that might be unexpected but entirely plausible. The result makes for an enormously entertaining read and one that kept me enthralled to the last page. The only problem I had when I finished was the same that many others have expressed - the prospect of having to wait for the final volume of the series to be written. As frustrating as it may be, I'm willing to wait as long as it takes for Birmingham to produce a conclusion so satisfying.
Time travel to the past is such a tired idea, but this is like a "breath of fresh air" it takes the concept and makes it seem real. Most books would just look at the weapons and that angle but Birmingham covers the social angle to great effect too. For example the ships that go back to 1942 have crews of men AND women of all ranks and from all races. That doesnt seem strange until you remember that in World War Two things were very different, no women or people from minorities in position of authority especially in the US Marine corps so the survivors from the future have to end up fighting enemies in the USA as well as Germans and Japanese.
History changes rapidly as the info falls in to the hands of Stalin, Hitler and the Japanese none of whom like what the future holds for them and make every effort to change the version we know. It has hooked me and I wonder how Birmingham is going to wrap things up?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I enjoyed the first Axis of Time book, the second "Designated Targets" was a more satisfying read and perfectly paced. Read morePublished on 17 Nov. 2006 by Amazon Customer
I picked up Weapons of Choice when on holiday in Australia last year and was horrified to find John Birmingham wasn't published in the UK. Thank God for Amazon! Read morePublished on 10 April 2006 by Amazon Customer
Having read the first book in the trilogy, I was anxious to get my hands on this one. The quality of the print is a bit suspect as a previous reviewer has said but the content is... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2006 by d l halliwell