Excellent, riveting and yet believable. Unlike john Birmingham's axis of time series which had unbelievable ships and troops wading ashore listening to iPods,
this is much more believable and brilliantly written. Ruthless focus on naval warfare, attention to detail including people... Eagerly waiting for the next book. Never have I read 15 books of
same series in a row and not missed one sentence.
It's an awesome and powerful series, the alternate history angle is fresh and riveting. I would love to see a blockbuster series of movies by
- Kurt Fredricksen
Continuing with the story of exploding drama and great character evolution, time does not stand still. You may stay up all night just to get the
finish, and find yourself still up in the air. The next book needs to be quickly read or you will be weak waiting for it come out.
- Douglas Dickson
The Russians and their mighty ship are back in WWII again, this time facing the Germans and British in a slightly different setting and with time altered
slightly different circumstances. No spoiler here, you must read this one and wait with baited breath for the next installment. Mr. Schettler continues with his outstanding series revolving
around this mighty Russian battle cruiser and who knows how it will end. The fun will be in finding that out so I can't wait for Altered States Vol II
Interesting continuation of a series that started 15 books ago when a Russian battlecrusier vanished into time. Now, we are in the midst of World War II but in
a different form from our own history. The author weaves an intricate story of battles never fought using weapons never seen in that era. The characters continue to heavily influence
the course of the war and the timeline of the story. Great read though it sometimes got bogged down as we delved into deeper characterizations of why each person took the path they
I've been sucked into this series and can't get out. If you like alternate history, Schettler has found the ticket. I can't believe he's been cranking them
out this fast, but i'm so happy - I've followed this through 14 other books and can't wait for more.
Can't wait for the next book in this great trilogy. This trilogy is
broken up into 4 different series with sub stories. It is best if you read book one first so you know who the characters are. Once you start you can't put it down and then you
can't wait for the next one. Now you have the crew of Kirov fighting the Germans in WWII. Then at the end of the story you have a surprise hit you. I won't go into detail because
it takes away from the next book. I highly recommend reading this great trilogy because I know once you start you can't put it down,
- William A Bloom Sr.
I just can't stop
reading this series. The characters are great' and the plot thickens with each book.
Yet another masterful re-telling of WWII through the eyes of a Russian crew. Now, add in British GI's who were transported from WW III to WWII by a Russian nuke
and you get a really interesting mixup of history. The author also tells a good sea story about massive battles pitting German, French, and Italian battleships against WWII British and
the uptime Russians along with a newcommer from the UK. Altogether a well written tale begging to be continued.
Did not see this turn coming! (In Three Kings) John keeps amazing me with his twists and turns with the fabric of time... I have read every one of the series,
and find it enormously fascinating as a student of the history of WW2. When I was younger I frequently had daydreams about what would happen if some form of modern technology... in my case
1940s-50s- aircraft .were to appear in an earlier time. This series "scratches" that itch. I cannot wait for the next episode! Do yourself a favor and start with #1 .... you
will enjoy the ride!
- Robert Casamajor
Yet another interesting read from Shettler. New readers MUST seat from th beginning Kirov novel,else be hopelessly lost. By it is well worth it. This newest
installment brings forth some new characters and new twists that shall make th next few novels even more intriguing. There was a point about two novels ago, I thought th author was
reaching his limits, but I was wrong. Twas merely the interweaving of characters an background for the following novels.
Highly suggested for lovers of alternative histories.
"Set in WWII, it tells the story of a near-future (in our terms) Russian nuclear-powered warship of the Kirov class of battlecruisers. Through
an anomaly in the nuclear power plant, the ship and all its men are transported back in time to WWII. All three initial books of this series are fun to read, and I found the decision-making
process depicted to be very entertaining, as well as politically "real." It was perhaps too much of a stretch to have a junior officer aboard who is such an expert on the order
of battle for naval units of the 1940's, but that plot device was probably necessary in order to set up the necessary counter-movements. You will enjoy this book, and I would suggest
that you read them in their proper succession."
- E.F. Pesik Jr.
"I am a huge fan of alternate history, especially when the author actually has some historical savy. This is the third book of the Kirov Series
(includes a teaser that there will probably be a 4th). In the first book, the Russian (guided missile) cruiser Kirov ( a few years in the future of our time) suffers an incident that
flips it back in time - World War II, prior to US intervention/Pearl Harbor attack, and into the Atlantic. The second of the series sees the Kirov again traveling in time to the Mediterranian
theater of war/WWII. This third book of the series sees the Kirov splash into the Pacific theater of war/WWII. Each time the author does a really good job of weaving the real events of
the war into the narrative, and of course, the changes to the war that occur due to the Kirov's continued appearances and disappearances.
"If you are a fan of alternate histories, this is a series you really should buy. I would suggest, in my humble opinion, that you purchase all of the
series immediately, and start with the first book." The characters are well-written, you feel empathy for them in their plight. Like the rest of humanity, their character traits are
diverse, naive, wise, saintly, evil, etc., with some gaining cathartic change through their travels, some doggedly adhering to their base nature, some just doing their best to
survive the ordeals.
So, in a nutshell. Go buy them all. Enjoy it!"
I love anything about time travel, military history and military fiction. This series has them
all. I thought it would be over with book 4, but the continuation of the series is off to a great start. The details of the battles are great and very accurate (I use Wikipedia a
lot on my Kindle to look up details). The historical references like Mr Kirov are fantastic.
After reading this last book, I looked into the author's previous works and to my
surprise he wrote a very hardcore time travel series called the Meridian series. I just finished the first book. I now see where his expertise in covering time travel comes from and his
attention to little details in history that can change the future.
- Patrick M. Daile
Another great book in the series. This one seemed to have a lot going on and I was hooked from the beginning. Cannot wait for the next one and
thankfully, knowing John Schettler, we will not have to wait long :)
- Mark Winning