By John Birmingham
It’s international battle II and the A-bomb is right here to stay.The purely query: Who’s going to drop it first?The conflict of halfway takes on an entire new measurement with the unexpected visual appeal of a U.S.-led naval activity strength from the twenty-first century, the results of a botched army scan. state of the art warships are scattered around the Pacific, armed to enamel with the most recent tools of mass destruction. Nuclear warheads, rocket-propelled grenades, AK-47s, computer-guided missiles–all bets are off because the significant powers of 1942 scramble to be the 1st to wield the guns of the following day opposed to their enemies. the complete international now is familiar with of the Allied victory in 1945, and the cave in of communism many years later. yet that was once the 1st time round. With the good thing about their newly received wisdom, Stalin and Hitler speedily switch concepts. A Russian-German ceasefire leaves the Führer unfastened to convey the entire weight of his vaunted Nazi struggle computer down on England, whereas within the Pacific, Japan launches an invasion of Australia, and Admiral Yamamoto schemes to grab an excellent higher prize . . . Hawaii.Even within the usa the beginners from the long run are greeted with a mix of enthusiasm and worry. Suspicion ends up in hatred and erupts into violence.Suddenly it’s a complete new warfare, with high-tech, high-stakes overseas manipulations from Tokyo to D.C. to the Kremlin. because the global trembles on the point of annihilation, Churchill, Stalin, Roosevelt, Hitler, and Tojo confront severe offerings and a destiny rife with possibilities–all of them apocalyptic.
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