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Review: Upsetting the Balance

Upsetting the Balance
Upsetting the Balance by Harry Turtledove
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I may be sounding like a broken record here, but the third book in the WorldWar series is just good enough for me to move onto the next book.

As in the previous books, situations and characters are plausible. There are few moments of “but why …” The historical characters feel authentic to me, though that’s really a measure of how the book matches how I was raised to view Stalin, Hitler, Churchill and FDR.

And yet, the problems of the first two books continue to plague this book. Today’s fun fact, repeated several times in all three books is that the best tank commanders will open their hatch and stand in their cupola because it allows them to see more of the enemy, but that exposes them to more danger. In addition, there seems to be more unerotic sex than in the second book, though less than in the first book.

Overall though, it is worth continuing to read the series, at least for now. I just can’t bring myself to give it four stars.

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