Stalin's Hammer: Rome

  • Title: Stalin's Hammer: Rome
  • Author: John Birmingham
  • ISBN: 9781743340769
  • Page: 177
  • Format: ebook
  • Stalin s Hammer Rome Ten years have passed since Admiral Kolhammer s st century battlefleet was dragged into a wormhole and thrown across oceans of time emerging with disastrous consequences and shattering the history
    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 powerTen 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, while underneath the eternal city, former Spetsnaz officer Pavel Ivanov fights a running battle with the NKVDs executioner in chief as Stalin s minions fight to preserve the secret of a weapon which could destroy the West with one, fearsome blow In Stalin s Hammer Rome, the first of a series of ebooks, John Birmingham returns to the world he destroyed along with the US Fleet at Midway in Weapons of Choice.

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    About John Birmingham


    1. 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.


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    1. The 'Axis of Evil' trilogy by John Birmingham is quite possibly one of the BEST trilogies I have EVER read, so I had high hopes for this eBook-only, follow-on story. Based 10 or so years after the end of AofE book 3, it follows a couple of characters from the original trilogy - I won't say who or what to prevent spoilers!Disappointment is not a strong enough sentiment. As it is set in the new/altered past-present there are no more interesting situations brought on by modern warfare/technology du [...]

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    2. Well this is a jolly romp round a divided Rome (think Berlin) in John Birmingham's Axis of Power alternative universe. Stalin has developed a nasty weapon and the implication is that details are going to be passed to the West. This is predominantly an action-packed, explosive spy thriller involving two of the characters from the series; the anti-Communist Ivanov and (much to my disgust as a British anti-Royalist) jolly Prince Harry. It's a short read and will probably end up as part of a bigger [...]

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    3. I enjoy John Birmingham's work in general and absolutely adore the Axis of Time series, but this was rather disappointing. It's a novella, but honestly, it reads more like a fanfic.In general, the AoT books are overflowing with culture clash, skewed pop culture references, and fun action setpieces, but the novella just doesn't have any of that familiar energy or spark. It's clearly supposed to be part of a series and an overarching plotline, but it feels weak as an introductionke something Birmi [...]

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    4. The Axis of Time trilogy involved an international fleet of ships from the 21st century interrupting the battle of Midway and accidentally destroying a large part of the US fleet. Trying to put things right, giving the axis powers knowledge of their defeat, causing Stalin to reconsider his allies, and fitting 21st century civil rights into the 1940s was a grand tale. This follow up 10 years later was disappointing. Too much of it involved an agent just running around Communist North Rome, and no [...]

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    5. And here's where the hammer falls in the series. Except the hammer isn't hammering a nail. It's hammering a mediocre alternate history story that could have been fan-made. And it's called Stalin's Hammer: Rome. Come on, Birmingham, you're not this milquetoast! Look at what you wrote before this (relatively) mildly foul-smelling book! What in the hell happened? You were the Babe Ruth of alternate history to me! Don't do this to me!Someone else's review took the words out of my mouth. In writing t [...]

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    6. Sadly, like most short novella additions to series', this one was also short and anticlimactic. It was basically a partial story of a thread from the new cold war after the emergence. The overall plot is good, but, it's basically like a single episode of a season-long TV show. Reminiscent of James Bond, the story involves various spy agencies and agents, primarily between the western allies and Soviet Russia. The Sovs are developing a new super-weapon, and things turn into a major clusterfuck wh [...]

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    7. A ripping yarn that sets the stage for what will be another epic adventure. Big on action, this alt. History 'novella' recreates the mid-50s of occupied Rome, not Berlin. More Harry to come in Cairo, I hope - and hopefully the untangling of an intriguing hint about 'the events of 49' and the royal succession. You've hooked me, Birmingham.

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    8. well written book. I really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to the sequel as the book was left on a major cliffhanger.

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    9. This was a short story by the author to tide us over until the last book in the series came out. I was not so much of a fan of this short story, but I don't think that it takes anything away from Birmingham as an author or his series of speculative and alt-history novels.

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    10. Alternative history is fascinating and this book - part of a series - does it fairly well. It takes place in a post-World War II world in which Rome, not Berlin, is the city that is divided between the Soviets and allies. This change is convincing, and the wall dividing North Berlin (Soviet) and South Berlin (Allied) is only partly effective, due to the labyrinth of tunnels and sewers, some dating back to the Roman empire, beneath the city, which allow those in the know to move between sectors.S [...]

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    11. Stalin’s Hammer: Rome is the first in a set of serialised novellas from John Birmingham. I managed to pick it up at the introductory price of $2.99 (it’s since reverted to $4.99).So, I am ashamed to admit, this is my first Birmingham – but it won’t be my last. Set in the alternate history of the Axis of Time series, it focuses on Stalin’s attempt to derail the future as the uptimers have foretold it.But Stalin’s machinations largely take a back seat in this instalment. The setting is [...]

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    12. Okay, there is little flawed in this novella, the writing is solid and both main protagonists are pretty nice guys (that's Harry Windsor and Ivanov the Spetsnaz from the future), still it does not really compare to the origina trilogy as onne - it is an espionage story that does not try too hard to go into details about the future tech or showcases any warfare actions two it is not the most inspired or original plot and three it's awffully short and has no real place to spread out its wings and [...]

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    13. Read the Axis of Time and loved them all.However, this is awful Don't go in to this Axis, please don't!!!How I review1 star - binned it before half way, please don't write anymore!!!2 stars - finally binned it after really trying, I mean really trying and I hate to not finishing someth.3 stars - finished it but boy was that hard work on times, it just about hooked me back in as I was about to dump it4 stars - great book but it lacked something, something, can't put my finger on it but. something [...]

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    14. A great side-story to the Axis of Time series. We finally get to see Prince Harry (in this universe) as a focal character, including what was determined of his position in the royal family when his grandmother is younger than he is. It's also interesting how, instead of Berlin, Rome is the divided city with a wall down the middle.Spies, defectors and secret Soviet weapons (since Stalin, who has now lived longer than he would have in our world, is determined that the collapse of the USSR won't ha [...]

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    15. John Birmingham has made a welcome return to the alternate history that he created in his World War trilogy. Rather than the military focus that was the mainstay of the original books, this one is a Cold War spy story. Or rather a short story - this one is around a hundred pages as compared to the 450-500 pages of the earlier books.This is where I find this book slightly disappointing - it's not long enough. It would seem that Birmingham is going to advance this story is smaller sections. I woul [...]

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    16. A little abrupt in the ending of it and one has to remember that it is a short story, novella, call it what you will. I'm wondering if when all parts of this story are put together it will form a novel. I wish Mr.Birmingham were as prolific as some of his fellow writers. As an introduction to a larger story this works very well. A reader of Birmingham's previous work will be familiar with the main characters. Someone coming in cold might feel a little lost. I' ll look forward to the next install [...]

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    17. Avery enjoyable read. The story tells of a chase through a divided Rome (think Berlin) and the defection of a Russian official. Two of our friends from the Axis of Time books are here, Prince Harry and Ivanov the Spetznaz operative. This is set about ten years after the war and it hints about something monstrous being developed by Stalin - his hammer perhaps? Whatever that is! Anyway, it's a good read and will while away the hours. Now, I must find the next one if I can

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    18. I loved the axis of time trilogy, my introduction to alternate history fiction. Great concepts, great characters and not a little ogre and violence. Was delighted to find there was a fourth in the trilogy, but pretty disappointing. Few of my favorite characters, a very narrow and seemingly pointless story. This was a thin book, and I guess he's going to keep pumping out more of these. I'll probably try one more.

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    19. This is a short story that is clearly part of a bigger story. There is no conclusion to this novel and that is disappointing. This is just the opening part and that is frustrating. It's time line is in the altered reality created in Weapons Of Choice, but set ten years later. That fact makes it interesting to read, but I just can't get past the frustration of a no conclusion.

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    20. Stalin's Hammer Rome John BirminghamThe Russians control Rome. A wormhole has opened, but backwards in time. Some know the pastwhich is now the future, and it can be changed. Non stop action thriller , Ian Fleming on steroids. Non stop action!!!! I know I'm repeating myself, but this is a fantastic read! M16 OSS CIAere all players. James Bond would be a choir boy in this book!!

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    21. Back to the alternate history world from the Kolhammer Universe. This one is more of a Cold War story after the end of (alternate history) WWII. Mostly we follow Prince Harry in Rome. It is a Cold War story. A bit slower paced, in that there is not an active war ongoing. There is not as much interplay between the old and new technologies. It reads more like the first installment of a longer storyline, which it is.Have a GoodReads.

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    22. A return to the Axis of Time series in this short but enjoyable novella. Some years after the end of WW2 (not the WW2 we know). More of a spy story but with plenty of action in a Rome split in two, in the same fashion as Berlin was split before the Wall came down. If you enjoyed the Axis trilogy then this will appeal to you.Ray Smillie

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    23. A nice agent story in its own regard, but when compared with the other AoE books in which timeline this story stands, a bit of a letdown.As I agree with most of the points from Kassi's review, I won't repeat them, she put it best I think.

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    24. I enjoyed it.ough I wouldn't recommend unless you are current with the rest of John's Axis of Time Seriese magic is in the continuityory line and characters as they fit into the context of the series Mr. Birmingham lets have more storiesI like the novella episodic approach

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    25. I just love reading about Harry Windsor, HRH, royal kick-ass, going to town on whom ever is unfortunate to be in his way.And yes the rest of the book is good too. Substitute East Berlin with Northern Rome and see how obedient the Italians are compared to the germans (not much)eat read, looking forward to the next installment.

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    26. I love all things John Birmingham and, despite the fact that his cool writing style, whip-smart dialogue and clever cameos mask over the bare bones of a narrative here, I love the fact that he has returned to the Axis of Time world through the ebook novella, a form more appropriate to his stylings, one might argue. Bring on "Stalin's Hammer: Cairo".

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    27. Great read. Lots of fun and action packed. I know it's a novella but wish it was longer. Also the Ivanov story line didn't really go anywhere, but did offer good background story to the new post Transition world. Will definitely read Cairo when it comes out.

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    28. Ten years have passed since a 21st century battlefleet emerges in 1942 to a world at war. The Germans have been defeated but Stalin has taken over half of Europe and Asia and is trying to change the history provided by the battlefleet to one that is "right".

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    29. Too shortJB you shorted on wordage darn it. And we're just getting to the good part. I'm hooked, and I'm jus waiting to see what Jules is gonna do to Harry. You know she doesn't like to be kept waiting. . . Me neither.

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    30. This is a short novella set in the Axis of Time universe. It involves some of the minor characters from his series.It you like cynical, unsentimental, sometimes brutal action. Than this book is for you.However, I recommend you the the trilogy first.

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