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3.00051546391753 out of 53.00051546391753 out of 53.00051546391753 out of 53.00051546391753 out of 53.00051546391753 out of 5 3.00 (1,940 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry Turtledove Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Worldwar Series Release Date:
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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, DC, 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, US 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A cast of thousands with a plot to match, well-drawn…aliens, a wealth of fascinating speculation.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 5 by Jason | 9/1/2016

    " After the other three books it seems like this book was a letdown at the end. Some of the tying of the loose ends just seemed to be wrapped up too quickly and then there were others that seemed to drag on forever to complete. I do like that it was tied up without having to rely on being appended on by the next series that takes up 20 years later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nimblehearse | 1/4/2014

    " i must say this book was about a 50/50 i enjoyed the story but it just didn't seem to have the same ring as the others. i guess it's because i was sad to see it end "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Andrew Fear | 12/17/2013

    " Alas I was disappointed after the first three vol.s which i enjoyed. This one i thought became increasingly implausible as it went on and some of the threads more and more mawkish and predictable. Rather a weak ending to a good series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Areabassist | 10/13/2013

    " Maybe it's because I've been reading a ton of Turtledove recently, but I found this one more of a chore to read then the rest of the series; I find myself not really caring about some of the characters towards the end of this book. "

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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.