REVIEW: Designated Targets by John Birmingham
REVIEW SUMMARY: A much better effort than the previous book in the series, Birmingham delivers with this well-connected story.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The task force from the future introduced in the previous work Weapons of Choice, continues wrangling with the social and political impact of its arrival all while continuing to fight World War 2. The Axis powers have managed to snag future technology too and aren’t going down without a fight.
PROS: Studying the politics and social implications of the future warriors on America is great fodder for a story – the mixed-race, mixed-gender force plays havoc with 1942 American sensibilities. It points out how far we have come as a nation in the last 60 years.
CONS: There isn’t much to dislike here – but nobody will confuse Birmingham with Gene Wolfe.
BOTTOM LINE: Definitely worth reading if you managed to make it through the previous book.
ASIDE: John includes a female marine turned covert operative in a minor role with the name Harriet “the Chariot” Klausner. She has little dialog, but what she does say is fit for a sailor, if you catch my drift.
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