Weapons of Choice - John Birmingham - World War 2.1 - New Book
The book starts in 2021 outside East Timor as a US-led Multinational Taskforce, commanded by Admiral Phillip Kolhammer, prepare to liberate the Indonesian islands from a "revolutionary" Islamic government calling itself the Caliphate, which is slaughtering Chinese citizens. Prior to the book, the Chinese government was planning to send a task force but was warned by the American government not to do so. The flagship is the aircraft carrier USS Hillary Clinton, named after "the most uncompromising wartime president in the history of the United States", the task force is mainly made up of American and British units alongside French, Australian, Japanese and Free Indonesians, a few other units like Spetsnaz from Russia and Kommando Spezialkräfte from Germany are also with the task force. Along side the navy taskforce is the JRV Nagoya, a scientific ship which is experimenting with wormholes; the navy ship protecting it was ordered to join the taskforce. A new ship from the Royal New Zealand Navy is sent as escort, prior to its arrival project director Manning Pope decided to make a trial run. The task force is constantly watched by a Caliphate spy on the mainland.
Rear Admiral R. Spruance and Lt. Commander Daniel Black is on the bridge of the USS Enterprise, on their way to face the Japanese sent to invade Midway, a growing commotion outside prompts them go out to investigate, only to find a large group of never before seen ships with a strange design. They spot a ship with the Japanese ensign and assume it is the Japanese fleet sent against Midway and they order the ships to open fire. On board the Multinational Taskforce Combat intelligence, referred to as CI, takes defensive action to protect the ships and as each ship commander wakes up, the CI asks for permission to return fire, which is granted and the 21 century nearly wipes out the American task force sent to Midway, including USS Hornet and USS Yorktown. During the battle, Kolhammer and the rest of the Multinational Taskforce commanders learn that not all ships of the taskforce came through and those that did, did not all end up in the same place.
Meanwhile, the HJIMS Ryūjō come across the Free Indonesian ship KRI Sutanto and boards the ship. The Indonesians are taken captive, the Japanese learns the force sent against them at Midway and the rest of the Japanese navy is warned and ordered back home.
After the battle between the 1942 American naval force and the 21st century Multinational Taskforce, an unsteady peace starts after they both reach Pearl Harbor. However, murders, rapes and riots happen as the 21st people try to mix with the locals. Kolhammer is flown to California to meet President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Albert Einstein. As time goes by with no sight of the JRV Nagoya, more and more 21st century personnel start realize they are stuck in 1942. Captain Karen Halabi and the HMS Trident, a Trident-class trimaran stealth destroyer, is ordered back to the Home Island for evaluation and possible transfer of the Trident. However, prior to her and the ship's departure, they take part in a POW rescue in Singapore and Luzon. The rescue is carried out by both 21st century and 1942 personnel. Through the Japanese, Hitler learned about the results of the invasion of the Soviet Union and sent Joachim von Ribbentrop to negotiate peace between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
About Author John Birmingham
John Birmingham is an Australian author. Birmingham was born in Liverpool, England and migrated to Australia with his parents in 1970. 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. While a law student he was one of the last people arrested under the state's Anti Street March legislation.John 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.
John Birmingham was first published in Semper Floreat, the student newspaper at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, writing a series of stories featuring a fictional character named Commander Harrison Biscuit. He won a young writers award for the Independent, which was edited by Brian Toohey and wrote a number of articles for Rolling Stone and Australian Penthouse magazines. John Birmingham is most notable for the novel He Died With A Felafel In His Hand (1994), which has since been turned into a play, film and a graphic novel. The sequel is The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco (Duffy and Snellgrove, 1997). The play was written and produced by thirty-six unemployed actors. It went on to become the longest running stage play in Australian history.
Other works by him include the The Search for Savage Henry a crime novel featuring the character Harrison Biscuit, How To Be A Man, a semi-humorous guide to contemporary Australian masculinity and Off One's Tits, a collection of essays and articles previously published elsewhere. He also spent four years researching the history of Sydney for Leviathan: the unauthorised biography of Sydney (Random House, 1999, ISBN 0-09-184203-4). It won Australia's National Prize For Non-Fiction in 2002.
He has also written two small pocket books The Felafel Guide to Getting Wasted (2002) and The Felafel Guide to Sex (2002) which feature advice Birmingham has received over the years regarding those two subjects. He also wrote the non-fictional book "Dopeland" which examined Australia's cannabis culture. Birmingham has also written two Quarterly Essays (Black Inc. an imprint of Schwartz Publishing Pty Ltd) Appeasing Jakarta: Australia's Complicity in the East Timor Tragedy and A Time for War: Australia as a Military Power.
In 2004 he published the alternate history Weapons of Choice, the first in the Axis of Time trilogy, a series of Tom Clancy-like techno-thrillers. Many writers from those genres appear as minor characters. It was published by Del Rey Books in the US and by Pan Macmillan in Australia. The series tells of a multinational peacekeeping force from the early 21st century being taken back in time to 1942, where its presence completely changes the course of the Second World War. In August 2005, the second book, Designated Targets was published in Australia. US publication followed in October. The third and final book in the trilogy, Final Impact, was released in Australia in early August 2006, and was released in the US in January 2007.
Weapons of Choice - John Birmingham - World War 2.1 - New Book
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