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  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (Dec 28 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345388526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345388520
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.4 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I've been interested in alternate reality and alternate history for awhile now. It started with TV shows like Star Trek, and Justice League, who gave the concept a shot every now and then, then comics (I own a fair few of Marvel's 'What If...?' series and have checked out more than a few of DC's Elseworlds books) and now I've finally crossed into books. I had done some research on the subject on wikipedia to see where I should start, and with all the titles and the nickname, Master of Alternate History, Harry Turtledove seemed like a good place to kick off.

I found my copy of 'In the Balance' in spring break of this year and just finished it yesterday. It was an easy enough read, and I will credit Turtledove with this, he doesn't treat you like an idiot when it comes to WWII history, nor does he go about instantly assuming you know everything there is to know. To me, as a sometimes interested but not what you would call a conisseur of war, this came as a relief.

Coincidentally, before reading this, I had just finished Harry Harrison's 'West of Eden' (not to be mistaken with Steinbeck's 'East of Eden', let me assure you), another what if story featuring what would have happened had the meteor that alledgedly finished off the dinosaurs never happened. The world, after millions of years, is populated by the descendants of the lizards, with humans existing as a very small minority in North America. You're probably asking what this has to do with Turtledove's book, so I'll answer: the dino-descendants, called the Yilane, bear a striking resemblance in manner and appearance to this book's alien invaders, The Race (or The Lizards as we humans call them).
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this books was pretty good, it certainly filled the need i felt. some of the characters situations are a little boring and are not developed to well. but the story is great, when i read it i look at it like a modern day army fighting a wwII army. technology of the lizards is about what our technology is now, so that make's it interesting. it's not the best he could have made it but it is definitely worth reading, it can become addictive which is good, i recommend it.
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By A Customer on March 26 2004
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My thoughts about both this book and the whole series is of two minds. First, it's a great piece of mindless summer blockbuster type destruction, (...) this series was in desperate need of a chainsaw-swinging editor, because there's massive amounts of bloat in it. I've read the books several times, but after the first time I definitely do a 'reader edit' and skip whole sections of the books as not worth the time to read, as well as the ridiculously frequent flashbacks.
There are some deficiencies, I think, in how people respond to the alien invasion - much like the Germans and the British, the US hadn't seriously pursued jets for reasons similar to the ones Turtledove ascribes to the RAF and Luftwaffe, but an alien invasion would have lit a fire under Lockheed's butt the same as it did to Turtledove's Germans and British; there are also the underfunded US and (even more so) German programs developing crude SAMs which would have also been kicked into high gear by sheer necessity. (...) But that's minor stuff...
I do agree with the aliens not being able to invade their grandmother's kitchen, too; some kid plucked at random from his computer would probably do a far better job than Atvar or any of the other Lizards in strategizing.
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Here's a series that in many respects is terrific, but it has a few major flaws, particularly including the author becoming a bit too impressed with himself. The books are long winded and repetitive. If you've waded through Robert Jordan's long, never ending Wheel of Time series, you can appreciate an occasional recap to remind you of who the characters are and what their motivations are. But Turtledove not only does that from book to book, but does it constantly, mind numbingly, throughout each book. Wehrmacht Col. Jager for instance tells you almost every time you meet him of how he didn't realize Jews were being killed. Each character seems to redundantly trot out their pet themes every time they are introduced. Given that Turtledove uses the technique cut-aways to deal with competing subplots, that means this happens a lot--just about every time he returns to a particular character. How many times can we read about Ludmilla and her reaction to the attempted rape? Over and over again, evidently. They say and think the same things constantly. It is beyond tedious--it begins to be padding, a sign of an author who badly needed an editor. This series could've been brilliant as a trilogy. It's still fun as a four parter--but not perfect.
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By "jonnysplatz" on Nov. 25 2003
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The book In the Balance is a very good book about World War II, it is based on the fact that Hitler, and all the other leaders of the world at that time are uniting to conquer Aliens. The aliens are from a world called "Tosev 3" and they are very scaly and inhumanlike, which is why their nickname is "Lizards". There are some people who have spaceships and they are in space orbiting around Tosev 3 trying to destroy the planet.
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