- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1670 KB
- Print Length: 176 pages
- Publisher: Momentum (1 Nov. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ABQ0L3E
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,632 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
The story centers around Prince Harry & Vaisilov with a few supporting characters such as Duffy & Stalin thrown in for good measure. The story is quite pedestrian and plods along at a decent pace.
It's a good way to expand John Birmingham's universe and works well but it's not really that in depth and no major shocks or surprises but it's a good old read. I paid £1.94 for this and it's okay value, but if it was below 99p or free then it would have got five stars. I read this in a couple of hours on the plane and was entertaining while it lasted.
The first three books were true roller coasters of novels which I and my friends who have also read them say that they would make wonderful movies. Their complexity and insight into the differences between modern and mid 20th Century attitudes was rather thought provoking. Not to mention the intrigues of the upsetting of the balance of world power with the introduction of advanced technology and weapons.
Stalin's Hammer however, is nothing like these masterpieces. It starts off with a tantalising hint at a new super weapon being developed by the Russians and then the rest of the book shifts to a farcical pseudo espionage chase around a segregated 1950's Rome. At best it reminded me of a cross between The Ipcress File and the Casino Royale movie with David Niven and Peter Sellers. The book doesn't even have an ending, it just stops with no conclusion! Truly abysmal.
I gave it one star only because give zero stars isn't a selectable option. However if it got a star every time the narrative mentions a character's testicles contracting into their body through fear, it would probably have eight or nine. A truly over used cliché in this terrible book.
Sorry Mr. Birmingham, but you have just lost your magic touch.
The story resolves around 3 of the up timers, Julia Duffy, Prince Henry of Wales and Vaisilov in Rome 10 years after the end of the war, Rome is the Berlin of this time with a divided city. The soviets to the north, the allies to the south with a covert war waging in the back ally's and Vatican City.
So, plus points - it returns to the AoT world, set 10 years after the events of the last trilogy. The book focuses on two of the characters from the previous series, giving most of the highlight to one who was mostly a secondary character before. And, it's kind of alright - rollicking, high tempo adventure, as you would expect from the previous books.
But... it's short, and because of that, it lacks depth of both plot and characterisation; it doesn't have the multiple ongoing strands of the other, longer, books, and it suffers in comparison.
Overall, it's OK, but it's really half or a third of a book - a couple of hours reading and it's gone, leaving you wanting for more.
Please please please get the next one done quickly, and then perhaps a full novel, or serise to follow...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent, although too short, read as a follow-up novel in the Axis of Time trilogy. Looking forward to the continuing story and publication of the next novels in the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MR G M S
Very short, lacks the scope of previous books. It felt like it had moved away from the alternative history (which I really enjoyed) to focus on one or two characters (which I... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
THIS BOOK HAD NO START AND NO END,ALSO IT MUST BE THE SHORTEST BOOK HE HAS EVER WRITEN. THE 3 BOOKS BEFORE WERE AREALY GOOD READ.Published 12 months ago by alex kane
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