I would be inclined to say that, although progress was made by both
sides of the war in this book, not enough progress was made to justify
this as a separate book in the series. It's still too early to
tell, but I think when all is done, the Worldwar series probably could
be told in three books instead of four.
It was still a good read; it just became tiring after a while.
After the first book ended with a push to keep the aliens out
of Chicago, with long chapters devoted to that cause, I suspected the second
book would end on a similar note. I guessed the big finale about
halfway through, and I was right. Based on how the Chicago push was
written, I was a bit disappointed at how the end of this one was played
out Ėfrom an outsiderís view, where it only took a couple of pages.
That is unfortunate, because the rest of the book is written
in great detail, not just about the war, but also about how the war affects
people and their relationships. Most affected is Jens Larssen, American
nuclear physicist Ėat least he thinks he is the most affected. His
wife took him for dead, so she married and is now pregnant with another
manís child. If it wasnít for the pregnancy, she would have returned
to him, but since she picked the other guy, and he has to work in the same
place as her, he hates her, and can only think of vengeance. I saw
this storyline well in advance- in book one, actually -and although it
shows how war can affect a marriage, I donít know if it was necessary.
But by his attitude in this book, it may affect the war. I just donít
like reading about people who grumble all the time.
Also affected is Chinese Liu Han, and her mate, American Bobby
Fiore, who finally come down from the Lizardsí spaceship. Bobby gets
in with some Communists, though, and he ends up leaving Liu Han behind.
There doesnít seem to be any emotional baggage on Bobby, but it may still
affect Liu Han and her baby. Weíll have to wait and see.
The Russians fly around, spy, and get to play around with a nuclear
bomb. The German scientists find a bomb too much to handle, while
tanker Jager gets some action in France, and then in Croatia. The
British capture a radar, but canít make anything out of it, because of
the micro-electronics. Another group of British are stuck in a tiny
Russian city and have to cooperate with an untrusting Russian / German
coalition. That was the story I disliked most ĖI found it quite dull,
despite the politics.
Thatís about it on the human side of things. Not too much
in the way of advancement.
The Lizards continue to press their advantage, but are slowing
down because of dwindling supplies. The Lizard prisoners divulge
a lot of information in their arrogance, and are shocked when this information
turns out to be useful. Ginger continues to hurt them, and because
of this and a string of losses near the end, Atvarís leadership may be
called into question soon.
I felt that much Ėor maybe most- of the stuff in this book could
have been cut. The writing was great, however. It made me feel
that everything happening was real, and was happening to real people. Close
to the end, both sides think the war has finally tilted to their side,
but neither one is in a position to win the war. By the end of this
book, this opinion is no longer accurate.