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Empire of Time Mass Market Paperback – August 12, 1987
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The books main character is Jerry Pierce, a highly trained special agent for the Intertemporal Agency. He specialises in the `Black Ops' projects such as assassination and `punitive' expeditions. At first sight he seem to be as ruthless and soulless as a cyborg. Later on in the book you learn the reason why this appears to be so and he is revealed to be a (marginally) more sympathetic character.
One of the core premises of the book is slightly suspect. Being a `trainable' will surely allow a person to absorb a great deal of information quickly, but this doesn't mean that the information can be used intelligently. At least two additional skills are required to do this, the ability to cross reference the information and the ability to form opinions based on this collated information, without these skills all you have is a huge mound of undigested data. Kilian glosses over this in the book and as a result the trainable are seen as near genius figures.Read more ›