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3.00151209677419 out of 53.00151209677419 out of 53.00151209677419 out of 53.00151209677419 out of 53.00151209677419 out of 5 3.00 (1,984 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry Turtledove Narrator: Todd McLare Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Worldwar Series Release Date:
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No one could stop them—not Stalin, not Togo, not Churchill, not Roosevelt.

The invaders have cut the United States virtually in half at the Mississippi, vaporizing Washington, DC, devastating much of Europe, and they hold large parts of the Soviet Union under their thumb.

But humanity will not give up so easily. The new world allies are ruthless at finding their foe’s weaknesses and exploiting them. Whether delivering supplies in tiny biplanes to partisans across the vast steppes of Russia, working furiously to understand the enemy’s captured radar in England, or battling house to house on the streets of Chicago, humankind will never give up.

Yet no one can say when the hellish inferno of death will stop being a war of conquest and turn into a war of survival—the very survival of the planet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Turtledove’s thorough command of storytelling and historiography…assure us that this is an irresistibl[e] book.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Historic and fictional characters blend seamlessly in this superbly crafted, compelling venture into speculative history.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jason | 8/29/2016

    " The book continues the WorldWar arc and continues where the first book leaves off. Still, I've run into the same issue I had with the first book as the narration is too straight with no noticable gap between narrative scenes that would be in the book. This is especially hard when names are not used right away in the beginning of the next scene. Overall the book is very good and great continuation of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Toby | 11/14/2013

    " Another fun alternate history book. It is not as good as the first in the series, though: a few of the middle chapters dragged on too long, and Turtledove has a habit of repeatedly summarizing the situation of the characters which, while helpful, doesn't add anything to the story except length. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ron | 9/4/2013

    " Decent AW where WWII is interrupted by an alien invasion. Besure to start the series with 1st volume (for the sake of your sanity). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sarebear | 4/13/2013

    " Woulda been great except it had sex in it. "

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About the Author
Author Harry Turtledove

Harry Turtledove, known as the “Master of Alternative History,” is the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author of a number of bestselling series and standalone novels. He received his PhD from UCLA in Byzantine history and worked as a technical writer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education before becoming a full-time fiction writer. He also served as the treasurer of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He has written a number of successful series, including the Crosstime Traffic series, the Darkness series, and the Worldwar I Colonization series, among others. His standalone works include Ruled Brittania, Every Inch a King, Conan of Venarium, Household Gods, and Justinian.