"This gripping tale, which calls to mind both the Stargate TV series and any number of spy thrillers. . . provides nonstop action, a believably damaged hero, and a complex set of mysteries that will keep the reader breathlessly turning pages."
"A clever book. . . McAuley deals with his themes intelligently and with spark. Even just as an entertaining story, this is a captivating read, depicting realistic action, unsettling events, complex characters, and great pacing. A must read."
—Dreamwatch Total Sci-Fi
"Fast moving, clever, great visuals. . . this book was great entertainment, intelligent, and enormous fun. . . Recommended."
"One of the best SF novels of the year."
Paul McAuley’s first novel won the Philip K. Dick Award, and he has gone on to win almost all of the major awards in the field. For many years a research biologist, he now writes full-time. McAuley’s novel The Quiet War made several "best of the year" lists, including SF Site’s Reader’s Choice Top 10 SF and Fantasy Books of 2009. He lives in London. Visit him online at unlikelyworlds.blogspot.com.
McAuley's character-fueled spy-novel swing through multiple alternate universes has the occasional cool telling detail, and makes one yearn not only for a sequel, but a prequel.Published 17 months ago by Christopher B. Shay
...if a little too flippant with time, occasionally. The setup - the CIA having agents move between the timelines to make a greater, Multiverse-aware America - is good, but there... Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Multiverse alternate history stories have been used to explore historical issues at least since H. Beam Piper's Paratime stories of the late 1940s and 50s, but the past 30 years or... Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by Russell Cashman
Outstanding alt history novel. This book could be a great Hollywood flick. As always, Paul mcauley mixes hard sci fi with great story-telling, without getting bogged down with too... Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Jdnoles
Alternate history meets the american empire. Delightful asides, and blissful irony makes for the most entertaining read I've had this year. Read it, your will not be disappointedPublished on September 6, 2012 by Just reading
I'm biased because I liked everything else McAuley wrote a lot. This is definitely not his best. He was seemingly trying to write a "hard boiled PI" novel, and it's not his strong... Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by truri
Paul McAuley is quickly becoming one of my favorite SF authors. This is only the third book of his that I've read, but I have really liked all three (Quiet War and Gardens of the... Read morePublished on July 1, 2011 by A. Tady
Paul McAuley combines familiar story elements and characters and adds enough spice with the intriguing setting to give the plot a unique flavor. Read morePublished on June 24, 2011 by Josh Vogt
When I was a kid I read a novel by Keith Laumer called Worlds of the Imperium. Worlds of the Imperium was (and still is) a kick-ass science fiction novel involving an American... Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by Jamie Jamison