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Worldwar: Striking the Balance [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Harry Turtledove , Todd McLaren
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March 16 2011 Worldwar (Book 4)
At the bloody height of World War II, the deadliest enemies in all of human history were forced to put aside their hatreds and unite against an even fiercer foe: a seemingly invincible power bent on world domination.

With awesome technology, the aggressors swept across the planet, sowing destruction as Tokyo, Berlin, and Washington, D.C., were A-bombed into submission. Russia, Nazi Germany, Japan, and the United States were not easily cowed, however. With cunning and incredible daring, they pressed every advantage against the invaders' superior strength and, led by Stalin, began to detonate their own atom bombs in retaliation. City after city explodes in radioactive firestorms, and fears grow as the worldwide resources disappear; will there be any world left for the invaders to conquer or for the uneasy allies to defend?

While Mao Tse-tung wages a desperate guerrilla war and Hitler drives his country toward self-destruction, U.S. forces frantically try to stop the enemy's push from coast to coast. Yet in this battle to stave off world domination, unless the once-great military powers take the risk of annihilating the human race, they'll risk losing the war.

The fatal, final deadline arrives in Harry Turtledove's grand, smashing finale to the Worldwar series, as uneasy allies desperately seek a way out of a no-win, no-survival situation: a way to live free in a world that may soon be bombed into atomic oblivion.

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From Publishers Weekly

Turtledove's grand tetralogy of an alternate WWII interrupted by an alien invasion draws to a satisfactory conclusion in this follow-up to Upsetting the Balance, and with a few surprises to boot. The Chinese woman Liu Han, for example, is seen climbing the hierarchy of the Chinese Communist Party as it comes under the control of Mao Zedong. Moishe Russie helps negotiate the final armed truce between the alien Lizards and the humans, with the Lizards withdrawing from most human territory in return for being allowed to settle many deserts in anticipation of the arrival of their colonists. (Neither side can survive an indefinitely prolonged nuclear exchange, and the Lizard edge in technology has been rapidly vanishing.) Readers will be happy to see Ludmila Gorbunova and Heinrich Jaeger reunited, and to note their roles in the final disposition of the heroic lunatic Otto Skorzeny. Turtledove's historical scholarship, narrative technique, dry wit and deft characterization distinguish this novel just as they did its predecessors, making it a rousing wrap-up to a monument of alternate history from a master of the genre.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this fourth book and conclusion to the alternate World War II history series (the prior installment was Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance, LJ 12/95), Turtledove mixes historical and fictional characters in a war of combined Axis and Allied forces against invading reptilian aliens. Recommended for collections with the earlier books.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Save yourself!!! Run!! Oct. 23 2003
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I did not mean to commit myself to this series. It was a mistake and, like after that first salted peanut, you're hooked. If I were you, I wouldn't have that first peanut.
I started the first book and got engrossed before I knew just how LONG this series is. This is number 4 and, let's face it, this one doesn't really wrap it up. Yes, I could have given up the series, but it is interesting and you do feel a commitment to the characters. The repitition is irritating as is the slowness of some of the scenes.
Take my advice: stay away, while you can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very believable conclusion Aug. 23 2002
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Turtledove manages to finish this series off in a way that leaves us both satisfied and longing for more.
As with the previous novels, Turtledove shows his talent for getting inside the minds of very different characters.
If you are even consering not buying this, it is probable that you haven't read the previous 3, because they are addictive page-turners. Buy all the books in the series and enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been worse for humankind Nov. 5 2001
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So, Striking The Balance finally sums up all the lines Turtledove had started in his first book of the Worldwar series.
For those who have already read first three books, the further development is quite predictable. After over two years of fighting all around the world, with its fronts spread too wide, and its lines becoming yet thinner from day to day, with too many cities levelled down to eatrh, and several of them lying in radioactive ruins, the Race stands now before two unpleasant options: either they will have to turn all this world together with all its inhabitants into a radioactive desert unsuitable for colonization, or make peace with Major Forces of this world (USA, Third Reich and USSR) and those who were able to prevent their occupation by Race's forces (Great Britain and Japan) on conditions of status quo. And this means that all these nations with all their Tosenite's ability to pick up and introduce innovations into technologies they develop on basis of what they've stolen from Race, and with all thier aggression, will have time to prepare themselves for a new round of fighting. This very idea alone should make Atvar feel uneasy...
Historisn by profession, Turtledove has a brilliant insight to predict what would have happened if...
What will happen with the main characters of the novel? Will Ludmila Gorbunova and Heinrich Jaeger meet at last? Will Liu Han become a promimemt leader of of Chinese Red Force? Will Reich's terrorist No.1 Otto Scorzeni become "Osama BenLaden" of this alternate world, or will he fail, and only one thing can make him fail - his death? Read the book, it's worth reading.
And finally, a remark from the reader from the other side of "iron curtain", which has finally (and fortunately) fallen.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Thank God It's Over Feb. 8 2001
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Unfortunately, I was sucked into this book series by the idea behind the books. What could have been a fantastic series was totally destroyed by an author who has no concept of the written word. Mr. Turtledove, I GET IT ALREADY! For God's sake, get on with your story. Every aspect of this series was described, in detail, mutiple times throughout the book. There is no need for the reader to do any thinking while reading these books because the author has taken it upon himself to describe at great length every connection a reader can make for himself. If you are thinking of buying this book, be warned...you will be sucked in so that you have to finish them, but you will wish you hadn't.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Be Prepared for a Long Haul July 7 2000
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This initial offering of Turtledove's first WWII alternative history tetrology (amazingly, there is more than one) is, regrettably, the best that will be offered. Alternatingly fascinating and draggy, the four books could easily have been condensed into two. This first installment presents intriguing premises, e.g. what if extraterrestrial invaders came to Earth expecting the late middle ages, only to find a technological global war in progress? What if they could not find a way to use their superior technology to vanquish the combined armies of Earth without ruining the environment for their upcoming colonization fleet (see next tetrology)? The reptilian invaders owe a great debt to Niven and Pournelle's pachyderms (Footfall) in their persistent inability to understand the complexities of human behavior. Unfortunately, these premises are often poorly realized and insufficient to carry even one book, let alone four.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive, yes, but a good ending to the series June 15 2000
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Having called this a good ending to the series, allow me to elaborate. I was expecting a big blowout. Instead, it kind of petered out, as if it ran out of steam. However, it is more realistic this way - a lot of wars peter out when the combatants are tired of fighting. And it served as a useful setup for the Colonisation series.
The major gripe is the same as I've had with the other books in the series - too repetitive! I guess this is useful if you had to wait a year between installments, but surely if you've read all the 3 previous books, you realise by now that the Race has a long history, that they can't mate without female scent pheremones, that Earth is colder than Home, etc. Still, an entertaining end to an entertaining series. I will definitely pick up this alternate history in Colonisation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ending, Great Beginning
I selected my title because, of course, this is the book which not only concludes the Worldwar tetralogy, but also sets up the Colonization tetralogy. Read more
Published on June 8 2000 by Rod D. Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough to keep you reading, but somewhat repetitive.
This is as far as I've gotten in the series. I admit that these books often had me immersed and rapidly turning pages, but it's really starting to get repetitive, and I'm tired... Read more
Published on June 5 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good ending for the series...
I've enjoyed the Worldwar series for about two months now. The books were rather long, but the stories were fun. Read more
Published on May 30 2000 by "dralthi5"
1.0 out of 5 stars how not to end a series
The other three books in this series were very enjoyable.
This was an end of series book - mandated. The author certainly didn't seem to want the series to end. Read more
Published on March 22 2000 by RICHARD OAKLEY
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty decent finale after a shaky start
The first book of this series ("In the Balance") struck me more as a prelude, and perhaps shouldn't have taken up a whole book. Read more
Published on March 13 2000 by R. L. MILLER
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a bang, but a whimper
Having come to the end of Turtledove's "Worldwar" series, I feel I must admit that I'm curious as to where he'll go in the new "Colonization" entry. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars So, what happened to the colonization fleet in the 60's?
I liked the series.
The lizards are a little too Earthlike - what's the probability of such similar lifeforms on such widely separated planets - but he saved a lot of boring... Read more
Published on Nov. 15 1999 by Daniel R. Durrett
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