- File Size: 880 KB
- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publisher: Prologue Books (August 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008MMZOP4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,504 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An American scientist is asked to apply a technique he has invented for probing "ancestrial consciousness" to a sci-fi writer (Grimes) whose ancestor was at the ill-fated train ambush, so that he can write an article on ned Kelly for an Australian magazine Ned Kelly is famous in Australia in the same way the Jesse James is in the United States. But when he goes back in time and is seeing things through the eyes of his Great-Great Grandfather it turns out that he can influence him slightly, enough to make sure that a schoolmaster does not warn the train in time to prevent the ambush. When Grimes returns the present he knows is changed. Kelly's descendents have become "hereditary presidents" and Australia is in the throes of a political and military crisis. And he must continue to go back in time for the sake of the latest Ned Kelly, to write a true history of the way Austrlia became a "free republic," with the help of his ancestor and Ned Kelly the First.
Well-written and easy to follow, even if you aren't that familiar with Australian history. Definitely worth getting if you can find it.
This book fits into a genre that would nowadays be called Alternate Earth, specifically Steampunk.
It shifts between 19th century and modern times.
In the 19th Century Ned Kelly (and friends) lead a revolution against corrupt colonial government, in order to establish a republic. They use various technologies available at the time (but not all widely used), including a precursor to airships, rail and gatling guns. A number of other historical figures, events and technologies affect the story.
The novel shifts to a future where "The Kelly" is a hereditary dictator... (this isn't a spoiler since the book gave that information away on the back cover, and the story - briefly - begins there).
I enjoyed this book quite a lot; well worth a read if you can get hold of it!
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Book provides the best of both worlds. Makes you think could it be possible to change the course of history.Published 21 months ago by MARIA D MASON
I almost couldn't finish this book but persevered. I found the story got lost in facts making it a choppy read. The ending was the best. Part BUT not a surprise. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Dh
After the second chapter, I had to put it down I just could not get into it, a few days later I picked it up again and tried to finish i but couldnt.Published on October 21, 2013 by Lorraine T. Gomilla