on January 27, 2014
I've always enjoyed Harry Turtledove's books and I have become quite familiar with them. His writing style and presentation of stroyline is now predictable and although sometimes poderous it is consistent. So if you've liked him before you will enjoy him again, if you are looking for a change of direction or something extravagant and new than you will be very disappointed. He handles the subject well and there are some interesting plot twist which make the ride enjoyable although slow. Like I said, I started this series with a solid familiarity with Turtledove's work so I was not at all surprised as to how the subject matter was presented and handled, it was exactly what I expected. Knowing that Turtledove produces a certain type of book with a predictable writing style is in itself comforting. Sometimes I get in the mood for a Turtledove book, so I will purchase and read the entire series over time.
on July 27, 2010
While I found Hitler's war to be average, this one was a letdown.
Basically the whole book takes place from mid to late 1939.
France: Stalemate near Paris, both sides pounding each other, armored back and forths but a bloody stalemate nonetheless.
Poland: Soviet offensive gets as far as east of Warsaw then gets stalled by German and Polish troops. Again a bloody stalemate.
Norway: Gets invaded by the Germans late 1939. The Swedes are mobilizing to deter a German invasion.
Soviet Far East: Japanese cut off the Siberian railway and Vladivostok is cut off from the rest of the USSR and encircled by the Japanese but the Soviets are still fighting hard and the Japanese are being subjective to constant Soviet attacks.
Spain: Stalemate, Nationalists trying to bomb the crap out of Madrid. Nationalists do probing attacks on Madrid.
Atlantic: German navy is causing damage on Allied shipping but the Allies are fighting back hard.
Not much advance on both sides.