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In this continuation of Andre Norton’s Time Trader series, a spaceship carrying modern day Apaches is sent in an attempt to colonize one of the worlds revealed by the time agents. But when the ship crashes, the colonists find they must fight not only a hostile world, but also their cold war enemies, for survival on their new home. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: FQ Books (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YMMBQC
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra A. Mccord on April 8, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
Excellant Andre Norton SF. Yes she is old fashioned but check publish date. A joy for the older reader who probably read this and others by author years ago. Fun for someone young just discovering the genre.
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The Defiant Agents is the third book in Andre Norton’s TIME TRADERS series about a secret United States government program that uses time travel to solve geopolitical problems, especially those involving the Cold War with the Russians. In the first book, The Time Traders, we met Ross Murdock, a criminal who avoided his sentence by signing on with the Time Traders and discovering the source of the Russians’ new powers. In the second book, Galactic Derelict, we met Travis Fox, an Apache who joined the Time Traders and was sent to recover an alien spaceship.

In this third book, the United States has tossed all ethics out the window and decided that the end justifies the means. They’ve used a process called Redax on Travis Fox and some other unknowing Apache volunteers which causes them to forget their modern selves and embrace their inner Apache. The government sends them to a newly discovered primitive planet where they hope the Apaches, now channeling their ancestors, will be able to subdue it. Meanwhile the Russians have used the same process on the descendents of the Mongols and sent them to the same planet. Thus we have a U.S. /Russian war being fought between Apaches and Mongols on a distant world.

Sounds a little silly, but if you can get past the premise (which I had trouble doing), you’ll find a story containing the kind of action and angst that Andre Norton’s fans love. There are even telepathic wolves, which is really cool. This is not one of Norton’s best stories, however. It doesn’t at all feel organic and, with the exception of Travis Fox, the “Reds” and “Mongols” are simply stereotypes.
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Travis Fox and other modern day Apaches are transported for colonization to Topaz. They are unwillingly subjected to Redax, a procedure which occurs during stasis. They are mind-linked with their ancient ancestors during transport, and upon arrival are expected to use that knowledge to help survive the early colonization. Upon arrival they crash and encounter modern day Russians, who have also been exposed to their Mongol ancestors' ways. The Russian government is able to control the Mongols' behavior remotely from a ship located on the surface. The Apaches and Mongols must unite and work together to free the colony from the Russian government. There is a nice blend of themes here, with Fox using science and tradition to help him with the problem of modern day oppression. Another winner from Norton.
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By G.Luckett on January 21, 2012
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This book looks as though it was printed made from an ink jet printer then duplicated on a copier and bound, about 8-1/2 by 11 inch paper. It is more like a college report format. I made the mistake of buying several different novels in this format. Needless to say, I have not bothered reading them and will probably toss them in the trash.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 26, 2012
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One of miss Norton's early great novels! Still a great adventure even now!!! ...but who supplied this completely unrelated picture/cover image?????
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