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by John Barnes

The second volume in the time travel/parallel universe series sends Pittsburgh private eye Mark Strang, trained with nightmarish weaponry and teamed with the woman of his dreams, to an alternative 1776, where he becomes his own worst enemy. Original.
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ISBN: 006105660X
ISBN13: 978-0061056604
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Science Fiction
Author: John Barnes
Language: English
Publisher: Harper Prism (May 1, 1997)
ePUB size: 1350 kb
FB2 size: 1864 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 400
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This, the second book of the series, is just as enjoyable as the first.
A refreshingly good series! It's always nice to find a book you like then realize there are several of them. Nice read.
Tends to get lost in tedium. Just not my cup of tea. I spend all day reading texts - kind of don't want another. If you are a fan of historical fiction - you'll love it. Plot was 100% predictable, however. Sorry.
Not as engaging as the first of the series.
Full of suspense but way over the limit.
I have never seen a worse digitalization. Dien Bien Phu is "then Bien Phu", and the SHAKK appears as itself, and also as SHARK, SHAKR, SHARR. Nothing pulls one out of a good read like dumb stuff like this. This would get four stars from me if someone would take the time to correct the abysmal digital version now available.
The story is told from the point of view of Mark Strang, who was a college professor until he saw his family murdered by the Closers, bad guys from a multitude of timelines who want to impose their will on the multiverse. Strang finds himself recruited by the ATN, a federation of timelines fighting to stop the Closers. He becomes a member of Crux Ops and sent on his first mission to a timeline the ATN has cultivated; you see, instead of raising armies in this war, both sides raise timelines to a certain technological level to be their allies in the war. Strang is transported to an alternate 1775 Boston where he arrives just in time to see another version of himself go on a shooting spree. This evil Mark Strang seems hellbent on wreaking havoc, but why? Fortunately, historical figures like George Washington and John Paul Jones are there to lend a helping hand and shut down the Closers in that timeline.

This book is a real gem. Not only is it dripping with steampunk (which arguably was still in its infancy when this book was written), but the story is gripping as well as funny. Since the story is told from a first-person perspective, we're always inside Strang's head. We not only witness his personal demons--he has to face the evil he could become-- but his sense of humor as well. He frequently delivers hilarious comments on topics ranging from the Closers, to the various time periods he finds himself in, to the numerous close calls he experiences. Also, Barnes dedicates whole passages to the science of airships, steam engines and time travel. He really has everything covered. Finally, the explosive climax brings it all to a satisfying conclusion.

If you ever get a chance, buy this book. You won't regret it. It's selling for almost nothing on Amazon.
Most of the time this felt like an action adventure movie rather than a SF book. I found it rather annoying too how the author continuously went back and explained things which are clearly laid out in the first book. I don't see a problem with dropping clues and background info from the previous story, but you shouldn't continually launch into paragraphs worth of "the exact same stuff." The beginning of this story was good with the fight scene, however, the ending left a little to be desired. Though it may sound like I'm complaining, I still think the book is a good read and hopefully the 3rd in the series finishes strong.