From Pearl Harbor to panzers rolling through Paris to the Siege of Leningrad and the Battle of Midway, war seethed across the planet as the flames of destruction rose higher and hotter.
And then, suddenly, the real enemy came.
The invaders seemed unstoppable, their technology far beyond human reach. And never before had men been more divided. For Jew to unite with Nazi, American with Japanese, and Russian with German was unthinkable.
But the alternative was even worse.
As the fate of the world hung in the balance, slowly, painfully, humankind took up the shocking challenge . . .
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1 . Start of a long series.
Posted September 18, 2012 by W. Cann , Los AngelesThe first Harry Turtledove book I read was 'Guns of The South' and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Interested by this author, I next chose 'Worldwar: In The Balance,' where aliens embark upon the invasion of earth smack in the middle of WW II. After completing this book, I admit to being disappointed that it wasn't self-contained, but merely the first of a 4-part set. Ah well... I then read the next in the series, 'Tilting The Balance.' As much as I like the clever premise and as much as it occasionally manages great combat action and intriguing insights into that era of history, I ultimately became fed up by the end because he settled into a pattern of more and more of the same. I lost interest in the characters and found myself wishing he'd just get on with it and quit padding it out. It's extremely unlike me, but I doubt I will muster the patience to commit to books three and four. Had he condensed all of this into two books, I'm sure it would've been truly riveting.
Also, these books urgently require a copy editor. There were literally dozens upon dozens of punctuation errors and spelling mistakes. I could overlook the odd one, but there were so many it was ridiculous.
You may well enjoy the first book, just be aware that the arc of the story will take you through three more! For patient readers.
December 28, 1994
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