Read The Berlin Project Online Free - New York Times bestselling author Gregory Benford creates an alternate history about the creation of the atomic bomb that explores what could have happened if the bomb was ready to be used by June 6, 1944.
Karl Cohen, a chemist and mathematician who is part of The Manhattan Project team, has discovered an alternate solution for creating the uranium isotope needed to cause a chain reaction: U-235.
After convincing General Groves of his new method, Cohen and his team of scientists work at Oak Ridge preparing to have a nuclear bomb ready to drop by the summer of 1944 in an effort to stop the war on the western front. What ensues is an altered account of World War II in this taut thriller.
Combining fascinating science with intimate and true accounts of several members of The Manhattan Project, The Berlin Project is an astounding novel that reimagines history and what could have happened if the atom bomb was ready in time to stop Hitler from killing millions of people.
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May 22, 2017
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/05/22/...
It’s hard to be a fan of alternate history fiction these days without running across your fair share of alternate World War II stories, but from the start, it was clear to me that The Berlin Project was a different breed. W...
June 09, 2017
Gregory Benford, in his new novel THE BERLIN PROJECT, has been writing science fiction novels for almost fifty years and has done something really different this time. There are really two novels here. He starts with a novel that--for about the first half of the book—is just a historical novel ab...
August 11, 2017
Such a great, thought-provoking book. Well written, well researched (it helps that the author's father-in-law is the main character), and quite deep in concept.
In the afterward, the author mentioned the possibility of a nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan or in the Middle East. The narra...
October 24, 2017
(Please note that this review contains some spoilers.)
Gregory Benford’s latest and longest foray into alternate history should have sat better with your reviewer. The author writes with elegance and authority, and grounds his counterfactual scenario on solid historical research, interviews, and p...
June 28, 2017
A tour de force of alternate history
What if the Manhattan Project had yielded a working bomb a year earlier, in 1944, and had helped to shorten the war in Europe? In our history, the project first went down a blind alley — General Groves, relying on bad advice, chose gaseous diffusion as the main...
May 17, 2017
This is a fascinating reimagining of the Manhattan Project, given a change to a few decisions early on. What might have happened had we been able to complete the bomb a year earlier?
Reading it, I thought all the characters were actual historical figures save one, our main character. I learn from...
August 06, 2017
In the alternate history genre, it's commonplace to have historical figures as important characters. It's far less common, however, for the author's characterization of those historical figures to be based upon their firsthand knowledge of them. As a physicist who knew personally some of the lead...
August 27, 2017
Greg Benford imagines an alternative history where the Manhattan project was more effectively managed, and an different technique was used to separate U235 from U238. Many of the characters in this book were actual people, some of whom still alive. Benford anchors his so solidly in the science an...
May 29, 2017
Interesting alternate history. But frankly I think it would have been better as a non-fiction book.
The concept was odd, basically that the author's father-in-law had successfully convinced the Manhattan Project to use the faster method of cooking up the materials, and how things would have playe...
September 25, 2017
I have not read a lot of alternative history books, but this one caught my eye on an impulse buy and it turned out to be a winner. While not an action story this turned out to be a real page turner for me. Gregory Benford kept the story moving at a brisk pace while keeping the science easily unde...