It is 1944, the Manhattan Project has been underway for several years, and the goal is finally in sight. Little Boy is ready to be dropped on the enemy. With any luck, Berlin will soon be rubble and Hitler turned to ashes. Yes, I said Berlin, Hitler, 1944. I have long associated Gregory Benford with events that happen in a galaxy far, far away. This alternative history is a welcome treat. Benford skillfully mixes true accounts of members of the Manhattan Project with what might have been, what might have happened if the bomb had been produced more quickly, had been used against Germany. The players are real, Urey, Fermi, Bohr, Oppenheimer, Teller. The science is real, much of the story is real. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it.
eGalley review Publication date 5.9.17