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Designated Targets by John Birmingham

Designated Targets (2005)

by John Birmingham

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This is not my sort of book. I generally don't read military SF, not for reasons of political or personal taste, but because I find most military SF heavy on the military and light on the SF. I picked up Birmingham's first book, Weapon of Choice, on a whim, and I'm glad I did.

There's some combat and some fun with high-tech weaponry, but there's also real SF, looking at the culture clash between 2020 and 1940, the effects that prolonged ideological wars might have on our current culture, and the impact of a glimpse of the future on course of the war. He also looks at more military topics like the impact that modern military theories of operations and training might have on WW II, as the high-tech ammo starts to run out.

It's a good read - and I'm looking forward to the third book. ( )
  Jawin | Jan 1, 2015 |
This second book in Birmingham's Axis of Time trilogy is definitely better than the first. The action's more varied and more frequent, and he takes the story in some interesting sociohistorical directions. ( )
  wanack | Jul 10, 2014 |
Exciting novel--#2 of 3 on Kindle. The characters deal with WWII using weapons from 2021 and history changes. One of the characters, Prince Harry (UK's #2) is a fun read. It's a little like US southern males where #1 inherits and #2 joins the military. I'm off to read #3, Final Impact. ( )
  buffalogr | Nov 5, 2013 |
Exciting novel--#2 of 3 on Kindle. The characters deal with WWII using weapons from 2021 and history changes. One of the characters, Prince Harry (UK's #2) is a fun read. It's a little like US southern males where #1 inherits and #2 joins the military. I'm off to read #3, Final Impact. ( )
  buffalogr | Oct 9, 2013 |
I didn't like this as much as the first book - too much went on in too many different locations to really get more than a fleeting sense of the situation before the reader was whooshed off somewhere else. I would have liked a bit more of the cultural/social ramifications of the Transition, as well as more of the personal moments between the future-types meeting and interacting with their family.
Still, a good read. I have to respect Birmingham not pulling any punches, and showing he isn't afraid to kill off characters. ( )
  wisemetis | Jan 26, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345457153, Mass Market Paperback)

It’s World War II and the A-bomb is here to stay.
The only question: Who’s going to drop it first?

The Battle of Midway takes on a whole new dimension with the sudden appearance of a U.S.-led naval task force from the twenty-first century, the result of a botched military experiment. State-of-the-art warships are scattered across the Pacific, armed to the teeth with the latest instruments of mass destruction.

Nuclear warheads, rocket-propelled grenades, AK-47s, computer-guided missiles–all bets are off as the major powers of 1942 scramble to be the first to wield the weapons of tomorrow against their enemies. The whole world now knows of the Allied victory in 1945, and the collapse of communism decades later. But that was the first time around.

With the benefit of their newly acquired knowledge, Stalin and Hitler rapidly change strategies. A Russian-German ceasefire leaves the Führer free to bring the full weight of his vaunted Nazi war machine down on England, while in the Pacific, Japan launches an invasion of Australia, and Admiral Yamamoto schemes to seize an even greater prize . . . Hawaii.

Even in the United States the newcomers from the future are greeted with a combination of enthusiasm and fear. Suspicion leads to hatred and erupts into violence.

Suddenly it’s a whole new war, with high-tech, high-stakes international manipulations from Tokyo to D.C. to the Kremlin. As the world trembles on the brink of annihilation, Churchill, Stalin, Roosevelt, Hitler, and Tojo confront extreme choices and a future rife with possibilities–all of them apocalyptic.

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In the sequel to Weapons of Choice, both the Axis and Allies have the use of nuclear weapons, computer technology, and advanced knowledge of the supposed course of the war, as Hitler and Stalin form an alliance, the Japanese invade Hawaii and Australia, and the Nazis launch an all-out assault on Britain.… (more)

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