Designated Targets

Designated Targets 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 f

  • Title: Designated Targets
  • Author: John Birmingham
  • ISBN: 9780345457158
  • Page: 480
  • Format: 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 lateIt 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 Fuhrer 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    About "John Birmingham"

    1. John Birmingham

      John Birmingham grew up in Ipswich, Queensland and was educated at St Edmunds Christian Brother s College in Ipswich and the University of Queensland in Brisbane His only stint of full time employment was as a researcher at the Defence Department After this he returned to Queensland to study law but he did not complete his legal studies, choosing instead to pursue a career as a writer He currently lives in Brisbane.While a law student he was one of the last people arrested under the state s Anti Street March legislation Birmingham was convicted of displaying a sheet of paper with the words Free Speech written on it in very small type The local newspaper carried a photograph of him being frogmarched off to a waiting police paddy wagon.Birmingham has a degree in international relations.

    315 thoughts on “Designated Targets”

    1. 5.0 to 5.5 stars. Excellent sequel to the incredible "Weapons of Choice" by John Birmingham. The concept of allowing history to be "rewritten" based on the players having knowledge of how the future unfolded in "our" time has made for an incredible read. Can not wait to read the final volume in this trilogy and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this series.


    2. ‘Designated Targets’ (Del Rey, $14.95, 367 pages) is a solid work of alternative history, the followup to ‘Weapons of Choice.’ It continues John Birmingham’s speculation about what would have happened if a 21st battle fleet had been transported, through a somewhat plausible accident, to the middle of the Pacific in 1942.‘Designated Targets’ follows the characters in the first book as they try to fight World War II not only with exotic weapons (though ammunition is running out) but [...]


    3. This adrenelin-packed, hard-to-put-down sequel to "Weapons of Choice" is as thrilling and gripping as that was. Whereas the first book in the series dealt with the culture shock of 21st century attitudes and advances coming into rude contact with mid-20th century prejudices early on in the Second World War, this book looks at the attempt by the Nazis and the Japanese (and to some extent, the Soviets) to rewrite the history books. Things don't always work out well for our 21st century heroes - th [...]



    4. This is the second novel in the Axis of Time trilogy. I reviewed the first book, World War 2.1: Weapons of Choice over a year ago and enjoyed it, although it did fall a little towards being a stock military thriller, despite the excellent premise. The sequel represents a significant improvement in quality.World War 2.2: Designated Targets picks up the story a couple of months later. Thanks to a wormhole experiment gone badly wrong, a UN multinational taskforce en route to relieve Jakarta from a [...]


    5. I'm truly sucked into this series. There are times where it can get kind of cheesy and lame, but those instances are few and far between. The violence is there and it is good: 21st-century Prince Harry going back in time and knifing Nazis in the throat is my jam. I just wish that John Birmingham had added illustrations to the book; that's to say, maps that show where the fleets are, borders, etc.


    6. AMAZING SERIES. Stop whatever you are doing, don't walk, RUN to the book store (you need a actual physical copy these are so good) and call work faking a cough, because you are going to be doing nothing but reading these books for at least a few days. I don't give many books 5 stars and even less series but these are worth every star and every minute you will spend reading them. Enjoy.


    7. I couldn't read it fast enoughIt was certainly a page turner. Characters wereWell drawn. The author was wise to humanize them with emotions both. positive and negative


    8. Thots while reading:I am having mixed emotions while reading this book. It is a great premise: a carrier battle group from the future is sent back through time into the 'middle' of World War II. This is the second book in a series based on that premise. I will say this much about it: it is holding my interest enough to keep reading it. At the same time, I cannot say how impressed I am with how it is going, so far. Bones to pick: it is beyond irritating that even though the Germans and Japanese e [...]


    9. Interesting premise, failed execution9 November 2012 I had read the first book in this trilogy and thought it was okay so when I discovered that the second book had been released I decided that I would snap it up as well. Mind you, that was in the days when I seemed to be buying more books than I was reading (and in a way I am still essentially doing that, though I have managed to resist buying too many books of late. However, that doesn't seem to stop me from adding more and more books to my 't [...]


    10. I found DESIGNATED TARGETS to be a big improvement over the first book in this trilogy: WEAPONS OF CHOICE. Maybe that was because WEAPONS had to devote a lot of time to setup and exposition, as a flotilla of a 21st Century multinational navy flotilla is flung through a wormhole and winds up smack in the middle of World War II on the eve of the battle of Midway. Just to even things up, ships from 2021 and their lethal technology, end up equally among the Allies and Axis powers, thus upending hist [...]


    11. One thing in a book that relies on so much historical fact and then supposition, is the attention to detail. Do we think that the American and Japanese fleets can return from the area of Midway with damaged ships, settle into harbor in less than seven days and start stripping the new weapons from the future this quickly? Can we see these two fleets returning to their home ports and all the combatants returning to the complacency of routine so quickly?Can we see the events that take place in the [...]


    12. Birmingham's weaponry details have improved in this second book. But as the action has moved to Australia and England -- that's not surprising since Birmingham is a British-born Aussie -- it may come as no surprise that the hero of this book is Major (Prince of Wales) Harry Windsor. Harry was a mere cameo in the initial book, "Weapons of Choice", and I had expected, even wished, that his role would broaden. As the theatre of war moves to his realm (pun intended), Harry comes to the foreground nu [...]


    13. This, part two of th trilogy, is set some months after the events of part one. Set during World War Two The cultural differences between the Allies and theMultinational taskf orce from our near future stranded there is becomeing more and more apparent to both sided. and social stress is becoming a real problem. Amongst others Hoover of the FBI is gunning for the uptimers.[return]The plot moves along nicely, there is plenty of action and good background reasearch. Stalin it seems is not happy at [...]


    14. Part two of Axis of Time takes up a few weeks after the end of Weapons of Choice. Technology and knowledge of the Task Force's history is firmly in the grasp of all the major players, the Soviets and Nazis take the opportunity to purge know dissenters and all sides are pushing on in the race to nuclear weaponry. Munitions are running short and the US are having problems bootstrapping the new technologies to develop new weapons. The difficulties caused by the integration of the newcomers causes t [...]


    15. Among my favorite authors are those of the Jazz Age and following: F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, Dorothy Parker. When I was younger, I fancied that I would fit well into their era. It wasn't until I was well past 40 that I realized that, no matter how much adaptability and self-education I arrogate unto myself, I would not fit in with a majority of the people of the 1930's. The second novel in the Axis of Time series, like the first, makes me reflect on generational differences in cultur [...]


    16. In Birmingham's worthy sequel to Weapons of Choice the world of the 1940s continues to struggle with the ramifications of the Transition: the intrusion into the middle of WWII by a 21st-century naval task force fighting the global war on terror. While the lion's share of the technological windfall falls into the laps of the U.S. and Great Britain, the Axis acquires enough to increase its deadliness exponentially. Furthermore, Hitler and Stalin make an uneasy peace as they unite to prevent both o [...]


    17. As the second of the Trilogy, this story keeps one on the edge of one's seat, urging on the allies and regretting the loss of favourite heroes. Unfortunately this book doesn't have the list of characters and their assigned duties/ships as the first, so I had to rely on memory a lot of the time, but it did sort itself out along the way. The Future is well entrenched in 1940's America and the struggle for the general population to deal with 'new-age' social justice rights and responsibilities is a [...]


    18. Kept bouncing between 3.5 and 4, ended up a weak 4 that make sense? Overall, a great read that provides, for the most part, a realistic alternative history. Amazing what people can and will do when they have prior knowledge of their future. Particularly when that future may have been bleak or even disastrous At the strategic, tactical and even societal level, an excellent portrayal of what could be. And what happens when 2 vastly different cultures clash. I say 'for the most part' due to the las [...]


    19. This is the second in the 'Axis of Time' trilogy, the first is 'Weapons of Choice',the last is 'Final Impact', which I shall be reading next.It continues with the 'Axis of Time' saga. The multinational naval task force still remains in the 1940's after the transition from the year 2021, there is no hope of returning home. Russia, Japan and Germany are racing to gather as much of the future technology as possible, to better their ability to wage war. Another twist, is that the axis manage to acce [...]


    20. Whereas the first book was all action, this one (as is often the case with the middle book in a trilogy) contains a lot of plot development as well as action. Much of the plot development here is looking at the social effects that the 21st century people are having on society of the 1940s. There is no lack of action though, as the war continues on a different course to that it was supposed to take historically, and there is a lot of setting the scene for the final book in the trilogy.Birmingham [...]


    21. Brilliant! Even better than the first one! Knowledge of the future has leaked out now and the Axis powers are aware of their fate, but now they have a chance to change that future in their favour. Confused? No need to be - this book is just as well written as the first, with seamless jumping from one theater of operations to another, from future characters to contemporary ones. The action seems to never stop in this installment, as the author first makes you think that the Axis is going to win a [...]


    22. Very decent continuation of Weapons of Choice, this second part of the "Weapons of Choice"-trilogy advances the plot, sheds more light on the German and Japanese side of events and is again well researched. One star deducted for gratuitous graphic violence, though that may be utterly unfair with a book about the horrors of war.Still highly recommended if you can stomach that.


    23. The next compelling chapter in the story of mixing modern tech and social habits with the past and it's limited tech and conservative thinking. Whilst 2.1 setup the story and what may come, 2.2 heads straight into it and it doesn't stop until the back cover has closed. Action packed, not just with the fighting of the war, but with the fighting between new and old. Social customs that have been turned on their head are just as riveting as those of the old tactics and new tech taking each other on [...]


    24. Less bogged down in battle minutiae and more of the politics/social upheaval I'm interested in. I do feel like the battle is dragging on a bit, though -- we keep hearing the MFers can destroy anything they want to, but they don't really attack. We keep hearing about the technological and manufacturing advantages of the US, but they don't seem to accomplish much here.In a couple cases modern technology and attitudes seem to completely trump WWII capabilities and tech, but in others they don't rea [...]


    25. 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 [...]


    26. Designated Targets John Birmingham World War Twoed soldiers are a mix of the 21st. Century, and the 20th. So is the weaponry. A wormhole has deposited the 21st century service men and women. They already know the outcomesbut can they change history? This is a extraordinary thriller of epic proportions!! The enemies, Germany, Japan and Russia all belong in there world, but they have captured technology from the 21st. A stupendous read from the very first page!!!


    27. A rare sequel that's even better than the first book. I couldn't put this down. Like the first book, involves an alternative history where a UN task force from the year 2021 somehow winds up in 1942, on the eve of the battle of Midway. I love the story of how each group has to adapt to the customs of each other, while having a fight a world war in the process. And with the Axis powers and the USSR learning of it's alternate fate, the author presents an intelligent what-if scenario of how the wor [...]


    28. The sequel to weapons of Choice, and allies are concentrating their efforts on producing new and advanced weapons. This is the book where the clash of cultures really hits. 1940s Cinemas are packed out for screenings of Star Wars, whilst cunning former 1940's sailor 'Slim Jim' Davidson, who has a penchant for Metallica becomes rich by targeting signing up future stars such as Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe before they're famous. The culture clashes are really amusing and really add a great bac [...]


    29. The description of the world in the near-future, and the descriptions of the biased social attitude of the soldiers and majority of civilians towards the officers and enlisted personnel of the time-travelling task force, was (once again) fascinating. John Birmingham successfully balanced a large number of characters, settings, sub-plots, and subjects of this titanic struggle by keeping the narrative readable and interesting. I eagerly look forward to reading the third and final book in this seri [...]


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