"Birmingham sets new standards in alternate history, time travel, and sheer dancing-on-the-edge-of-the lava gonzo inventiveness. Solid and wild at the same time." – S.M. Stirling, author of Dies the Fire
Ten years have passed since Admiral Kolhammer's 21st century battlefleet was dragged into a wormhole and thrown across oceans of time, emerging with disastrous consequences and shattering the history of the Second World War.
Hitler and the Nazis have fallen, Kolhammer sits in the White House, but Stalin rules half of Europe and Asia. The great Soviet engines of state power turn and burn to 'set history right'. Not just of the war, but of all future time.
In Rome with his lover Julia Duffy, an older, mellower Prince Harry is drawn into Stalin's plans when a simple game of spies goes horribly wrong. Underneath the eternal city, former Spetsnaz officer Pavel Ivanov fights a running battle with the NKVD's executioner-in-chief as Stalin's minions fight to preserve the secret of a weapon that could destroy the West with one, fearsome blow.
In Stalin's Hammer: Rome, the first of a series of serialised novellas, John Birmingham returns to the world he destroyed along with the US Fleet at Midway in the Axis of Time series.
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Stalins Hammer Rome
Liked the three books on ww2.0. Was pleased the story is to be continued. Mixed feeling about this short novella. Obviously going to be part of a series covering the next story, 10 years on from the end of the war.
Good points: as well written as the previous books. Smaller group of the same characters feature. Creates a good feeling of Rome as it could have been in this alternative history. Sets up what could be another great storyline
Not so good points: short! The action covers only a day or so and whilst it starts what could be another interesting full story my fear is it will take a lot of these novellas to complete it. The cast of characters is only a subset of the wider groups in the earlier books and the action does not give the switches between the wider world that helped give those books the scope I enjoyed.
I hope the next volumes move the story on and that we get more of the (alternative) world changing action and wider scope that the setting of ww2 with many theatres of action and unknown outcome to a familiar event gave.
I'll most likely but the next instalment. But if things don't accelerate and broaden in that one ill be waiting until they are all out and consolidated into a full book