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Rogue Emperor (Chronoplane Wars, No. 3) Mass Market Paperback – August 12, 1988

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Crawford Kilian has been around. He's explored Western Canada and even lived in China, but when it comes to writing, he does his homework the new-fashioned way.online. A professional writer and educator, Kilian spends much of his "writing time" in research. For Icequake alone, he put in thousands of hours learning everything he could from a variety of resources about Antarctica and its denizens. The author estimates that he spent six to eight months "getting it right." However, Kilian is quick to assure you that the research is part of the pleasure of writing. It brings believability to the work and a real relationship with the subject matter. From his snowy enclave in Vancouver, Kilian does his research from the comfort of his cozy home using the Web. But, it hasn't always been that way. In the early '80s, this full-time college English professor realized that the Internet was the wave of the future...for writers, teachers, and students. So, he took up his department's challenge to develop writing courses that integrated technology. What started with some phone conferencing is now an expertise in distance education that takes him to numerous speaking engagements each year. Like many educators, Kilian feels that the Web is a good supplement to the classroom, not a replacement for it. He says, "It's not just a valuable tool for research. It also forces us as educators to examine what works and doesn't work in our teaching...in both areas, the real and the virtual classroom." Kilian is also sold on the latest technologies in publishing and has republished most of his out-of-print classics with toExcel. He says, "I thought the books could find a new audience in a new generation, and toExcel offered that opportunity." toExcel is pleased to add this terrific writer/educator to it's stable of republished authors! ************************** Crawford Kilian's writing career has included a decade as regular weekly columnist for the Vancouver Province, eleven novels, two ch --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (August 12, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345350782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345350787
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,201,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By MarkK VINE VOICE on July 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Jerry Pierce, a leading Trainable with the Agency for Intertemporal Development in the 21st century, is watching the gladiatorial battles in an alternate Roman empire of the 1st century AD when he witnesses the anachronistic assassination of the emperor Domitian by anti-tank missile. Though suffering from the prolonged effects of his conditioning, he agrees to go undercover to discover the identity of the assassins. With the aid of a recently recruited local, he soon discovers the elite Praetorian Guard have been Christianized by a group of religious fanatics from his own timeline, who conspire to make their leader the next Roman emperor. Successfully infiltrating their ranks, he must collect intelligence and sabotage their plans, all while maintaining his cover and dealing with the increasingly painful consequences of his extended conditioning - a daunting challenge for even a top agent of the AID.

Crawford Kilian's third book in his "Chronoplane Wars" trilogy differs considerably from the first two books. Whereas The Empire of Time and its prequel The Fall of the Republic focused on describing Pierce within the context of a world facing Doomsdays of various stripes, this final book shows him as an AID agent on a mission unrelated to the broader challenges of his assignments. Though this could easily have damaged the novel, in turns out to have a liberating effect as it leaves Kilian free to show Jerry Pierce the Trainable agent in action. The result is a book that can be read enjoyably not just by fans of Kilian's series, but anybody who likes a good sci-fi thriller.
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