on September 17, 2011
As an avid Turtledove fan I was greatly anticipating the release of The Big Switch. That being said I found the second novel in the series East and West to be a disappointment. I found that novel almost to be a retelling of World War Two without the necessary alternatives that make alternative history such a fascinating genre. The Big Switch does not have this problem. This novel sees the complete realignment of the Second World War. Indeed, the political unrest that is occurring in Britain is a fascinating subplot, along with the strategic goals of the Japanese in the Far East. The work is crisp and fast paced and does not get bogged down in time trying to build to bigger events. In my opinion, Turtledove restores the series and builds interest in the coming work.