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The Ivanhoe Gambit (Time Wars, 1) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1984

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Simon Hawke has been a professional writer for most of his adult life. Best known for his Timewars science fiction action-adventure series, long out of print and now in the process of being reissued through Amazon.com, he is the author of over 60 novels, mostly in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace; 1st edition (January 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441377629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441377626
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,985,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 3, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first of Simon Hawke's "Time Wars" 12 books about a crack team from the "Temporal Intelligence Agency".

Kicks off a funny and well written series about a group of operatives who have to travel through time to prevent other time travellers causing damage to history.

Sometimes their opponents are rogue individual time terrorists: sometimes they come up against operatives from rival versions of history.

All 12 books in this series pay humorous homage to a great work of literature or set of historical events, or both. Most of these books go back to the time and events of a classic novel, in this case obviously, "Ivanhoe" by Sir Walter Scott, and retell the events of that novel, usually with a humorous slant.

The books are best read in the correct sequence, as follows (I have put the name of the literary work and/or historical events associated with each book in brackets afterwards)

1) The Ivanhoe Gambit (Ivanhoe)

2) The Timekeeper Conspiracy (The Three Musketeers)

3) The Pimpernel Plot (French Revolution & terror/Scarlet Pimpernel)

4) The Zenda Vendetta (The Prisoner of Zenda)

5) The Nautilus Sanction (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea)

6) The Kyber Connection (works of Rudyard Kipling/early life of Churchill)

7) The Argonaut Affair (Jason and the Argonauts)

8) The Dracula Caper (Sherlock Holmes meets Bram Stoker's Count Dracula)

9) The Lilliput Legion (Gulliver's travels)

10) The Hellfire Rebellion (American War of Independence/Hellfire Club)

11) The Cleopatra Crisis (Caesar and Cleopatra)

12) The Six-gun solution (Gunfight at the OK Corral.)

Not terribly serious but very good fun: I can recommend this series, and if you want to read it, start with this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendell on October 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
During my teen years back in the early 1980s, my reading consisted of D&D modules/rule books, comics (mainly Marvel), “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, and Star Wars novels. Everything else I sort of stayed away from. But then one day I stumbled on this book by Simon Hawke.

I mean, you have to admit that is a really cool cover. Knight holding a shield and a tommy gun does, sort of, grab your attention. So naturally, I bought it and took it home, and never regretted the decision, because this time-traveling scifi serial began my descent into bibliophile-hood.

The central idea in the Time Wars series is that wars are outlawed in the 27th Century. Well, at least, wars in the present. Instead of laying waste the world, countries have agreed to resolve their disputes by "clocking" soldiers from the present into conflicts of the past. Each nation sends their soldiers back to the agreed upon conflict, and whichever nation has the most soldiers left alive at the end of the war wins. Obviously, there are also “referees” monitoring the count to decide who “won.”

This seemed like a great compromise for a war weary Earth. It was simple, elegant, and effective. The huge military-industrial complex kept getting to fleece humanity for profits. Countries still continued sending young people off to die over ridiculous political issues. But there would be no more collateral damage to anything in the world. All the dying and destruction would happen in the past during a historic war, so a few more dead bodies really wouldn’t change anything. And since the “experts” said nothing the soldiers from the present did could change history, time wars seemed absolutely safe.

Lucas Priest is one of these modern soldiers, and as a member of the U.S.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Stone on October 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved this series in High School and College.

So excited to see it in a Kindle Edition; sadly, that price tag is not hooking me. :(
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Really enjoyed the entire TimeWars series. Wish Mr. Hawke wouldn't have stopped. Great books for everyone especially early teenage years, the adventure and sci-fi will hook them, and then their curiousity about the historical facts will make them learn more.
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By A Customer on February 10, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Time War series is only worth reading up to the fourth book, but if youre going too read only one then let it be this one. The time travel logistics in this book taste better than any other Ive read. Also includes enough violence to slake the thirst of the average action fan. One of the best sci-fi pulp fiction books Ive ever found (consumed?). This book would make a fantastic movie. -Clyde Erwin
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In the 27th century wars are fought in the past of Earth's history. Men and women who could one day fidn themselves fighting in the Roman legions against the Gauls or serving as British Soliders fighting against the Colonists of the Americas. With strict adhearnce to these are the Referree's men and women in postions of power that ensure that history doesn't change and that paradoxes do not exisit or splits in time as they are referred to. However when one of thier own decided to change the course of human hostory to prove that such a thing could happen without disastrous results he has to be stopped.
Lucas Priest a solider serving in the Temproal Army Corp the front line solder in this war. He along with three other men choosen for a mission that will take them to 12th century England. Where King Richard is off fighting in the crusades and his brother Prince John is ruling in his name and taxing the lands. However a rouge Referree has replaced King Richard and has returned to England to ensure that Prince John doesn't become king and change hostory. Preist mission is to go undercover as the knight Ivanhoe who returns to England and tries to find this referre and stop him at all costs. Meanwhile the rest of his team also go undercover as Robin Hood and Little John in the hopes of being able to use the merry men to thier advantage should a small war break out.
Without any more information or what this rouge Referre is up to Preist and his team must be careful with everything they do. One mistep, one wrong word and the whole of human history could change forever.
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