Kirov Saga: Winter Storm Season 3, Book 3, Series book 19
Just in time for the long 4th of July weekend, and out early for the faithful crew that has followed this story from book 1, Winter Storm takes us into the dramatic military events of late 1941. KINDLE EDITION
This volume packed with heavy wartime action
and the drama of Fedorov’s facedown with the Siberian. One look at the
cover makes that quite apparent. Ever since Paradox Hour and the third season opener Doppelganger
took us through the mind boggling mysteries of the time travel elements
of the story, it has been cat and mouse on the ship, as the author used
most of volume 2, Nemesis,
to present the story of Karpov’s devious plot to gain control of Kirov.
Fedorov is beset by both Karpovs in that last volume, and looking for
allies. He finally convinces Volsky, but too
late to stop Karpov’s
plot. Now, he lays low aboard the ship, hoping to slowly gather support.
This third volume opens exactly where Nemesis
left off, with Grilikov nose to nose with the implacable Sergeant
Troyak in the helo bay. Once again, it was Orlov’s wayward ways that set
up that confrontation, blustering into the helo bay and thinking he
could now even bully the Marines. Yet the Siberian Karpov is older, more
cunning, and wiser after having been through the fire, and he handles
the situation on the ship in a way you may not expect. Over the first 9
chapters we get a resolution of the long simmering potential conflict
between Fedorov and the ship’s new Siberian master, and while necessary
to the developing plot, this is not the central action of this volume.
quickly moves into the history of the crucial battles of late 1941, and
it is loaded with combat. Beginning with Part IV, aptly entitled “The
Rising Storm,” the narrative returns to the war with the next 12
chapters taking us back to the Russian front, where the historical
characters of Guderian, Model, and the other German generals face down
the Red Army. Operation Typhoon is presented in great detail, and yes,
we finally get the arrival of the Big Cats on the field of battle, and
the showdown between Kurt Knispel and Dmitri Lavrinenko takes place in
an action filled three chapter duel at a place called Malakhovo, north
of Tula on the road to Serpukhov. This segment concludes with “Black
Snow,” where a surprising plot twist occurs that introduces more drama
into the crisis of the battle of Moscow, but this is something that
cannot be discussed here. Suffice it to say, these 12 chapters at the
heart of Winter Storm have the author bringing us into the war in the east as never before. But we’re just getting started!
a relatively quiet summer, except for the disastrous retreat of the Red
Army, the last quarter of 1941 saw little action in other theaters. But
urging, late in the year
the British tee up an operation against Rommel. So we get another
classic battle segment here in this novel, as Operation Crusader is
launched in October of this
altered history timeline
The Desert Fox has been sitting on his Gazala Line defenses, licking
his wounds and watching one unit after another being taken from his
Afrika Korps. The November 41 British
operation was originally
launched from the Egyptian-Libyan border with the aim of relieving
Tobruk, but in this altered history, the stunning counterattack by
Kinlan’s Heavy Brigade put an end
to that threat back in Crescendo of Doom.
So this time the British intend to try and push Rommel off his Gazala
Line defenses and see if they can retake Cyrenaica, but both sides are
before Crusader gets started, we get treated to an engaging three
chapter session between Hitler and the man the world came to call the
Prophet, Ivan Volkov. Flying
to Wolf’s lair, Volkov
is trying to shock Hitler with the urgency of these critical engagements
in late 1941, and also has a hidden agenda of his own which sets up
even more action later. Far
from being shunted aside
on Tunguska, the younger Karpov will soon get his chance to
prove his worth, as Volkov is again up to no good while the Siberian is
away on his sojourn to the Pacific.
then we finally come to the last spasm of war at the end of 1941, like
the fireworks display that ends the show every fourth. This is, of
Operation Z plan to
attack Pearl Harbor, and Winter Storm concludes with the dramatic
events taking us to December 7th in an extended segment most aptly
entitled “Climb Mount Niitaka.” Here we learn what the Japanese Navy now
looks like, not untouched by the interventions of 1908, which led them
to make some interesting changes to their order of battle. And then that
navy sets sail, even as the Siberian Karpov struggles through the ice
to try and reach the scene of battle in time.
loving detail in all these scenes depicting the altered history of the
war tell us where season three is now taking us, for the next volume in
the series, Tide Of Fortune will lead us boldly into 1942. If
this book sets the template for what is to come, then batten down the
hatches, as the author is promising to take us right on through the war,
covering all the major battles WWII buffs will know and love, on land,
at sea, and in the skies. In Winter Storm we see also the first
effects of new war fighting technology entering the story. Germany has
the Big Cats now prowling the field in selected units, and even Rommel
gets a few of the new PzKfw-55L Lions to augment his Afrika Korps, when
Hitler sends him a newly structured 10th Panzer Division early. The
Germans also get another toy in this volume, while the British lay their
own plans at how they can get new war winners into production based on
the amazing power they have in hand with Kinlan’s Brigade.
new tanks, weapons, and other tech are all arriving early, which, along
with all the new ships at sea, will all be part of the excitement as
the war unfolds.
Fledgling missiles and
jet fighters are already on the drawing boards, and the impact of this
advanced tech will play out in the volumes ahead. In the meantime, while
it has some great character
based scenes on the ship
itself, and involving Hitler, Volkov and Sergei Kirov, more than half
of this volume is dedicated to covering the dramatic and critical
battles at the end of 1941. And from
what I am told, there’s a
lot more to come in Tide of Fortune.
Jump on the action with Winter Storm
available now, with the e-book out early
this month of barbecues, fireworks… and some good beer. Enjoy this one,
which will not fail to deliver everything you’ve come to expect from
volume in the third season of this long running tale carries the story
into the turbulent waters of the north. With Admiral Volsky fallen ill,
Fedorov struggles to prevent Karpov
repeating the awful events that ended in nuclear fire, and the explosion
that again sent the ship reeling through time. With his memory intact,
knowledge of Rod-25 and everything
do, he sets his mind on gaining control of the ship, yet must face the
dangerous wrath of Karpov if he is to succeed.
second Karpov is now called, has struck a dangerous bargain with Sergei
Kirov, but one that could bring about another fatal collision in time.
Learning that the ship has
he sets his mind on trying to find Kirov, and in so doing gain
control over the most powerful weapons in the world. Unaware that his
duplicate self even exists, he soon
finds he has
a shadowy accomplice.
The war continues on the Russian
front as the Germans slowly begin to introduce new prototype tank
designs, born of the
fire delivered by Kinlan’s heavy brigade. The story takes us into this
action on the Soviet front with the cutting edge of Guderian’s 2nd
Panzergruppe, and the
divisions of the 24th Panzer Korps spearhead the final German assault
aimed at winning the war in 1941, Operation Typhoon. In doing so they
run right into Sergie Kirov’s
available reserves, and the 1st Siberian Shock Army launches a daring
counterattack to try and stem the German tide.
Season 3 of the
Kirov Series opens with Volume 17: Doppelganger, where the
answer to the dilemma that now faces Mother Time will finally decide the fate of
the ship and crew. Battle still rages in the Atlantic, where Admiral Tovey must
now face down the German fleet alone on HMS Invincible. Two of the
world's most powerful battleships now come face to face in a titanic clash at
sea, and Tovey must use all his skill to survive.
Elena Fairchild arrives on the
scene to discover the crisis aboard Rodney has made her quest for the
lost key impossible. Yet there she meets one other uninvited guest, an American
officer who reveals that he is not the man he seems. Together they consider what
they may have lost, and how it might yet be saved.
Meanwhile, Vladimir Karpov has
discovered that his own personal fate is also in jeopardy as his dwindling lease
on time runs thin. Realizing the dilemma that has plagued Fedorov for so long,
he rises in Tunguska, intent on seeking the heart of a gathering storm,
in a desperate attempt to save his own twisted soul from the ravages of Paradox.
As he peers through the shattered glass of history, deep into the mirror of
time, he suddenly discovers his own self looking right back at him.
The exciting alternate history of
WWII careens towards 1942, as Germany now makes its great bid to destroy Kirov’s
Soviet Russia and smash the last of the stubborn British resistance in the
Middle East. Yet plans for new weapons of war will appear, strange doppelgangers
spawned from the legacy of Kirov. Soon they will darken the
battlefields of Europe, when the tempo of technology will leap ahead to produce
a new generation of tanks, aircraft and the deadly art of missile warfare
arrives years early.
The hour and day that Fedorov and the crew of Kirov have long feared draws nigh, the moment of insoluble conflict, when their greatest enemy is not another hostile ship or plane, but their own selves—Paradox Hour.
Yet before that moment comes, the ship finds itself in one of the greatest naval chases of all time. It is May, 1941, and a powerful German battlefleet has broken out into the Atlantic. Admiral Tovey is fast on the heels of Hindenburg, but must first run the gauntlet of Gibraltar to get into the hunt. With him are three of the most powerful ships in the world, Kazan, Argos Fire, and the battlecruiser Kirov. Yet Admiral Lütjens will not fight alone. The Kriegsmarine sorties with all its might as Raeder throws the dice in a desperate bid to prove his navy’s worth and power. Soon the Royal Navy is reaching for every warship it can find to beat to quarters. One ship called to the action, HMS Rodney, harbors a secret—the long missing key revealed by Elena Fairchild. It is now at grave risk, and should it be lost, the secret it might unlock will die with it, and the doom Fairchild so darkly describes may then be unavoidable.
It is a race against time itself, and the shadow of doom that hangs over the world. Meanwhile, consumed by the fire of his own thirst for vengeance, one other man figures prominently in that fate—Vladimir Karpov—for he holds yet another key to the outcome of all these events, as he sets himself on chase of his own, desperate to find and cow his arch rival and enemy, Ivan Volkov.
The stunning conclusion of the eight book Altered States saga of the Kirov Series, Paradox Hour also stands as a “bridge novel” leading to the third saga of the long running series. The alternate history of WWII careens into 1942 and 1943 with the premier of Doppelganger, coming in March 2015.
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