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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; 1ST edition (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416521437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416521433
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve White
completed a tour of duty in Vietnam as a Naval officer. His SF adventure trilogy for Baen comprising The Disinherited, Legacy, and Debt of Ages was highly successful, as was Prince of Sunset, and its sequel Emperor of Dawn. With David Weber, he has collaborated on Insurrection, Crusade, In Death Ground, and the New York Times best seller The Shiva Option. His recent books for Baen include Forge of the Titans and The Prometheus Project.

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Now Jason is fighting for his life in this story of time travel and survival.
Midwest Book Review
Despite the many captures of Deirdre by gods, pirates and bandits, the story contains very little mention of sex and that is all offstage.
Arthur W. Jordin
It's full of action and the story has plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.
Jesse B Ellyson

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on March 26, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Blood of the Heroes (2006) is the first SF novel in the Jason Thanou series. Some centuries from now, humans have achieved interstellar travel. Humanity has also discovered time travel, although only to the past. The Temporal Regulatory Authority controls all such travel.

In this novel, Commander Jason Thanou of the Hesperian Colonial Rangers has been called back to Earth. As a retired member of the Temporal Service, he has been recalled to lead a trip into the past. The three time travelers will be carried back to 1628 BC to witness the eruption of Santorini, the most powerful energy release in history. The Temporal Service has never before sent humans back that far into time.

Jason is a very experienced time traveler. He is thoroughly used to Temporal Service methods and techniques. And he has become acclimated to the transitions effects. Of course, no one has ever taken quite as long a time trip.

Jason is a native of the Hesperian colony and is rather tired of the Earthan arrogance. The major reason that he left the Service was this attitude that Earth is the center of the universe, both socially and technologically. His boss -- Kyle Rutherford -- is a prime example of such geocentricism.

Jason will be the mission leader. Deirdre Sadaka-Ramirez will be the geological specialist and Sidney Nagel will be the historical specialist. Deirdre is a native of Mithras, which happened to be inhabited when a slower-than-light colony transport reached the planet. The autochthones proved to be insensately ferocious and the colonists were unable to leave the planet. The resulting colonial society had been very protective of fertile females, but the women have since reacted to the past by become extreme feminists.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SciFiFan on October 19, 2007
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By Andre Norton in the Time Traders novels, for starters. If you're going to use an old idea, it needs to have a fresh angle or at least be well done. This book has neither.

It starts with a forced-feeling conflict between the hero and his old boss, for no good reason, and one never becomes apparent later. Mr. White seems to understand that stories should start with conflict, but not that the conflict should have something to do with the plot.

His characters don't act in character, or even seem to be sure what their character is: What would you expect an alien on a backward planet to do if he finds someone in his power in possesion of anachronistic high technology and suspects they're from the future?
In this novel he doesn't take them in for questioning, doesn't take their high tech stuff away, doesn't do anything else his character OUGHT to do, he lamely turns them over to the weak locals who immediately let them escape. (p. 104-105) Of course they need to escape for the show to go on, but that's a lame reason and kills believability. Later they kill and vaporize one with no investigation, just so they won't find out about him. (Author's motivation, not theirs)

The cardboard babe, Deirdre, can't seem to make up her mind just what sort of girl she is. First we find her relieved that she won't have to wear a breast-baring costume. Then on page 131 we find that she is the sort who takes "plenty of opportunities to demonstrate her indifference to traditional notions of physical modesty." Then just 7 pages later she won't dress down for a swim, even though it would acceptable in the culture. This kind of inconsistency in a character equals laziness in an author.
The indigenes of the era are just as inconsistent.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Larry B. Hodges on November 5, 2007
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After reading "The Prometheus Project" and now "Blood of the Heroes," I've become a fan of Steve White's books. "Blood of the Heroes" mixed Greek mythology, history and a number of twists in this page turner that explains the real history of the Greek Gods and other historical figures from 1628 BC. I won't give away who we meet (for one thing, without the context it would sound corny), but I enjoyed running to my computer to look up some of the mythological and/or historical figures we met.
-Larry Hodges (member, SFWA)
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"Blood of the heroes" is the first in a series of novels about time travel series which so far consists of:

1) "Blood of the Heroes"
2) "Sunset of the Gods"
3) "Pirates of the Timestream"
4) "Ghosts of Time" (due for publication June 2014)

The stories are set a few hundred years in the future in which mankind has colonised a number of nearby planets, discovered time travel and learned the hard way not to try to use it to change history. If you try to cause a "grandfather paradox" something, quite possibly something fatal, stops you doing it. Up to this point time travel has only been used, under strict precautions, for approved historical research.

It is also a future some time after mankind has successfully - or so it appears - overthrown a group known as the "Transhuman" movement who wanted to use genetic and cybernetic engineering to improve the human race and had insufficient scruples about how to do it - if you are a science fiction fan, imagine a group with some of the worst ideas of the "Augments" and "Borg" from the Star Trek universe combined with the Mesan alignment from the Honorverse created by Steve White's old partner David Weber.

The hero, Commander Jason Thanou (pronounced "Thane-oh" not "Than-ooh") has been recalled to service with the Temporal Regulatory Agency after returning to his homeworld of Hesperus, a planet settled mostly by people from Greece.

The agency wants to investigate the historical impact of the volcanic eruption which destroyed the island of Santorini in 1628 BC - the biggest natural disaster of which human history provides direct evidence.
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