The conclusion to the Harry Turtledove's trilogy of a third world war between nuclear powers isn't as climatic as I had hoped. While the conclusion is satisfying and the fates of most of the characters are provided, it would have been nice to see this trilogy go out with more of a bang. Even so, anyone who is familiar with Turtledove's work and alternate history in general will still find this novel enjoyable.
A bit of a let down as a conclusion. Turtledove's approach (e.g., switching between characters, tedious repetition of material an observations) has gotten formulaic and it is resulting in bloated series. This entire trilogy could have been boiled down into one 400-page book and would have been a better story for the editing. This wasn't as bad as the dead-boring Super Volcano series, but it was close. This is probably the last Turtledove I bother with, which is too bad.
A solid and surprisingly reasonable ending to the Cold-War-turned-Hot trilogy. My only complaint was the the war ends 2/3rds of the way into the book. The rest of the story revolves around the civilians, almost entirely the American ones. It was more than a bit boring, and I couldn't help wanting to learn more about what the survivors in Europe were doing. Especially those in the Soviet satellite nations. There's enough story and interesting characters left to write an entire book on what happens after in Eastern Europe.
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