Final Impact by John Birmingham
A Novel of the Axis of Time (The Axis of Time Trilogy, Book 3)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review



“The action is nonstop, the characters very real–and very different from each other–and, to coin a phrase, it makes you think.”
–S. M. Stirling, author of Island in the Sea of Time

In the year 2021 a multinational fleet–experimenting with untested weapons technology–pitched through time, crash-landing in 1942. The world is thrown into chaos as Roosevelt, Hitler, Churchill, Tojo, and Stalin scramble to adapt to new, high-tech killing tools, and twenty-first-century ways of war.

For “uptimers” like Britain’s Prince Harry and the men and women who serve aboard the supercarrier USS Hillary Clinton, war is a constant struggle with their own downtime allies, who are mired in ignorance and bigotry.

As the Allies counter the Nazi assault and set off for the coast of France, Japan begins to buckle, soon every battle will be played out in a lethal dance of might and intelligence, unholy alliances and desperate gambles, and each clash will be fought with the ultimate weapon; knowledge from the future.

Thanks to the historical records, all sides know that two superpowers will emerge, while the losers will be pounded into submission. But time has shifted on its axis, so none know who will survive, or how peace will take hold in a world turned upside down. These are the questions that John Birmingham brilliantly answers in his critically acclaimed adventure of war and imagination.

Praise for John Birmingham’s Weapons of Choice

“Birmingham’s enthralling battleground mixes provocative historical fiction and socially conscious futurism.”
–Entertainment Weekly

“High-tech intrigue and suspense similar to the works of Tom Clancy.”
–Library Journal

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About John Birmingham

See more books from this Author
John Birmingham is the author of Angels of Vengeance, After America, Without Warning, Final Impact, Designated Targets, Weapons of Choice, and other novels, as well as Leviathan, which won the National Award for Nonfiction at Australia’s Adelaide Festival of the Arts. He has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, Rolling Stone, Penthouse, Playboy, and numerous other magazines. He lives at the beach with his wife, daughter, son, and two cats.
Published March 20, 2007 by Del Rey. 367 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, War, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Final Impact

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Last entry in Birmingham's alternate WWII trilogy (Designated Targets, 2005, etc.), wherein a multinational navy flotilla from 2021 is hurled back in time to 1942--right into the thick of the Battle of Midway.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Final Impact: A Novel of the ...

Reader Rating for Final Impact

An aggregated and normalized score based on 115 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review