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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, but Stalin rules half of Europe and Asia. The great Soviet engines of state power turn and burn to ‘set history right 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, 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. Moving from Rome to Paris to Cairo, Harry and the uptimers must fight a shadow war against the communist superstate and the suspicion and prejudices of their forebears. They can save world, but world does not want saving by the likes of them.


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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, but Stalin rules half of Europe and Asia. The great Soviet engines of state power turn and burn to ‘set history right 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, 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. Moving from Rome to Paris to Cairo, Harry and the uptimers must fight a shadow war against the communist superstate and the suspicion and prejudices of their forebears. They can save world, but world does not want saving by the likes of them.

30 review for Stalin's Hammer 1-3

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk

    I loved the "Axis of Time" series and jumped at the chance of another in the series but it turned out to be only part one of a "trilogy" making up Stalin's Hammer. SO, when the whole thing came out in one book I had to get hold of it and read it. Well, despite the fact that the main hero is a pampered parasitic member of the "royal" family (and believe me, that is quite a stumbling block I had to get over!) I loved Prince Harry (I'm gagging here, I'm gagging) and found him great fun to follow in I loved the "Axis of Time" series and jumped at the chance of another in the series but it turned out to be only part one of a "trilogy" making up Stalin's Hammer. SO, when the whole thing came out in one book I had to get hold of it and read it. Well, despite the fact that the main hero is a pampered parasitic member of the "royal" family (and believe me, that is quite a stumbling block I had to get over!) I loved Prince Harry (I'm gagging here, I'm gagging) and found him great fun to follow in this rip-roaring, boy's own adventure. And the ending!!! Well I'm not going to give any of the plot away apart from the fact that that nasty man, Stalin, has had his people develop an evil weapon in order to preserve him and his empire. Harry and a group of other individuals get involved in what has to be very loosely called "espionage" (there are some very amusing aspects to this) and stop the villain from getting his way. Will they, won't they... I'm not telling... but the ending!!! It's a good read, it's a gripping read and, in parts, it's a very amusing read. I got the feeling that John Birmingham is lampooning "Bond" type stories and, certainly, elements reminded me of the films. If you like entertainment read this - how can you go wrong?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Olav

    This is a qualified four-star review. I loved the book (as I enjoyed the previous three in the series) and heartily recommend them to people looking for alternate history pulp adventure. But these are not high art. They are dumb fun military SF / alternate history that deals with an updated Philladelphia Experiment type situation where several dozen futuristic battleships get accidentally thrown through time into the middle of World War Two. By the time of this novel, a decade has passed, and the This is a qualified four-star review. I loved the book (as I enjoyed the previous three in the series) and heartily recommend them to people looking for alternate history pulp adventure. But these are not high art. They are dumb fun military SF / alternate history that deals with an updated Philladelphia Experiment type situation where several dozen futuristic battleships get accidentally thrown through time into the middle of World War Two. By the time of this novel, a decade has passed, and the anachronistic technology and information has warped history pretty thoroughly. One of the time travellers is vice president, and Stalin is threatening Europe with orbital weapons systems. One of the highlights is the way that Birmingham takes an unbelievable premise and then treats it seriously with a lot of well thought out repercussions. The copyright of anachronistic movies is covered, as is the difficulty of reverse engineering an ipod. All-in-all, I'd recommend it to those who like military sci fi or alternate history.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    Just to get it out of the way, yes this was a terrific book and another compelling entry in the Axis of Time series. Throughout the first three books I had really enjoyed making Prince Harry into a kick-ass SAS character, but now he is with MI-6? Awesome! But, I am royally pissed (See how I did that?) that this is a cliff-hanger! Argh! There is a Russian soldier that I want to see deadified in the worst possible way and a conflict that now needs to be resolved. This is good as it means another e Just to get it out of the way, yes this was a terrific book and another compelling entry in the Axis of Time series. Throughout the first three books I had really enjoyed making Prince Harry into a kick-ass SAS character, but now he is with MI-6? Awesome! But, I am royally pissed (See how I did that?) that this is a cliff-hanger! Argh! There is a Russian soldier that I want to see deadified in the worst possible way and a conflict that now needs to be resolved. This is good as it means another entry into the universe, yet awful as I was really grooving into the story and it just... ends. Mr. Birmingham, you are a right bastard! Okay, this story takes a little while to get rolling as there is much more character development, but the author makes that enjoyable. The action in the first three quarters is not as prevalent as the earlier books in the series, however I found it to more intimate as these are more personal battles and this seemed to work better for this novel. Closer to the end fights ramp up and seem to be more of a harbinger for another full scale world conflict like the first trilogy. Be aware that the author does away with some favorite characters and has at least one instance of foreshadowing that will have me waiting in line for the next entry. As a result, if you want your Axis of Time jones dealt with, at least for a while, get this book and welcome to a very hot cold war.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Maybe its because I didn't read the original Axis of Time books but I found this very slow to start off, though by the end it got much better. Birmingham has an eye for the detail of close combat; knows a thing or two about martial arts, and military strategy and history, and this is reflected in his writing. The characters are little more than cardboard cutouts however; lacking much in the way of real depth. I guess that's also a side-effect of this being the continuation of a story I never sta Maybe its because I didn't read the original Axis of Time books but I found this very slow to start off, though by the end it got much better. Birmingham has an eye for the detail of close combat; knows a thing or two about martial arts, and military strategy and history, and this is reflected in his writing. The characters are little more than cardboard cutouts however; lacking much in the way of real depth. I guess that's also a side-effect of this being the continuation of a story I never started. That all said the premise itself is fun, the characters are entertaining, and the action feels satisfying. I'll probably go back and read the originals.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Neil Fairall

    This is a too-short but epic extension to John Birmingham's "Axis of Time" series, which begged for more for so long. At first blush it is pretty standard "what if people went back in time and changed history" fare, but along with the fictional and historical characters you get one very interesting contemporary that stands out. I have no idea why the author decided to send him back in time too but we also have a "what if Prince Harry was in the SAS and ended up in WWII" scenario. The mind boggle This is a too-short but epic extension to John Birmingham's "Axis of Time" series, which begged for more for so long. At first blush it is pretty standard "what if people went back in time and changed history" fare, but along with the fictional and historical characters you get one very interesting contemporary that stands out. I have no idea why the author decided to send him back in time too but we also have a "what if Prince Harry was in the SAS and ended up in WWII" scenario. The mind boggles, but it is immense fun.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David Robb

    Bought the 3-in-1 Stalin's Hammer ebook, after not trying very hard & thus being unsuccessful at finding it in a couple of libraries online. Having read the original trilogy, I was very much looking forward to catching up on the 21C gang and their antics. Result: LOVED IT!! Yes, there is a lot of bloody action/violence, but if you can move past that, it's a cracking good read. Extremely looking forward to the next in the series! Bought the 3-in-1 Stalin's Hammer ebook, after not trying very hard & thus being unsuccessful at finding it in a couple of libraries online. Having read the original trilogy, I was very much looking forward to catching up on the 21C gang and their antics. Result: LOVED IT!! Yes, there is a lot of bloody action/violence, but if you can move past that, it's a cracking good read. Extremely looking forward to the next in the series!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bob Houlihan

    Another enjoyable book in the Axis of Time Series. Good to catch up with the characters now dealing with the Cold War. Always wonder what the Royal Family thinks of Prince Harry being an action hero. Would have given it a 5 but I thought the ending was a bit quick. 4.4

  8. 5 out of 5

    Loki

    Birmo at his action-packed best, as the time-lost Harry Wales (Prince Harry, in our timeline) gets involved in the early maneuvering of an alternate World War Three.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Damien Versluis

    Fun series. Enjoyable alt reality.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Not as good as the first trilogy but a fun read and a good transition to the next one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wes

    A thoroughly enjoyable return to the Axis of Time. Looking forward to more of this quality writing and adventure.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mark Clarkson

    I read the first ebook, and thought why stop there, so I waited and when the Stalins Hammer 1-3 grabbed it, read it and loved it. It was just the right mix after the original trilogy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Roy

    Unusually fun for a sequel to a satisfyingly completed trilogy. Glad I read it; find myself looking forward to another one. While this may be sort of "science fiction alt-history comfort food," it was really fun to read. I think I begin to see a little shift towards focus on downtimers(to use a Ring of Fire term), which would be a good shift if this series is to continue.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Interesting mix of alternative history with some real and fictional characters and pop culture references. Witty writing with action, fights, explosions, shooting and a cliff hanger or two. Can be read without reading the three previous axis of time novels, will make you want to read them as well though.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stuart Chalmer

    AoT 2.4, 2.5 and 2.6 combined in one edition, setting up for WW3.1. Can't wait for this new series

  16. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Short

  17. 5 out of 5

    TT

  18. 5 out of 5

    Louise Brown

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eddie

  20. 5 out of 5

    MICHAEL F WATERS

  21. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis Thompson

  22. 4 out of 5

    Simon Ross

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mr J Kerr

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brendan Eaux-Ceallachán

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ian Douglas

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lori Ebare

  27. 5 out of 5

    Massimo Mauro

  28. 4 out of 5

    John Sullivan

  29. 5 out of 5

    Moscovici

  30. 4 out of 5

    Duncan Bolt

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