Cold War heats up in alt-history thriller ‘Bombs’ _lowres

'Bombs Away' by Harry Turtledove

“Bombs Away” by Harry Turtledove. Del Ray, 2015. $28.

Turtledove is at it again, this time with a Korean War gone horribly nuclear and mutually assured destruction comes into bright, radioactive detail. As usual, his storyline is just plausible. His characters, however, fall mostly flat, inviting the reader to snooze through lulls in the action.

While the Cold War-gone-hot scenario leaves you with plenty to think about, “Bombs Away” lacks an element of humanity that could make this alternate history really sing.

— Beth Colvin,