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4.0 out of 5 stars First in the Time Wars series, June 3, 2007
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
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT TIME TRAVEL CAPER!!!!!!, October 10, 2014
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W. Adams (Southeastern USA) - See all my reviews
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. Army Temporal Corps, he has marched with the Roman legions against Hannibal, fought against Crazy Horse with Custer’s 7th Cavalry, and even rode along with Attila the Huns’ horde. But none of those conflicts have prepared him for what he is about to get into, for it seemed that the “experts” were wrong.

About many things.

Specifically that history could be changed.

In fact, it seems that history could not only be changed it could be absolutely, totally screwed up until no one in the present would even exist anymore – 27th Century Earth disappearing like an unused thread snipped from a pair of pants. Everything Lucas knows erased from history.

Thankfully, Temporal Corps has uncovered this plot by one of the “referees” to change history. Unfortunately, discovering the plot and stopping it are two different things. And since two elite commando teams have already tried and failed, Lucas Priest finds himself drafted into the third and finally team; his part being to impersonate a historical figure close to King Richard, so that he can locate the traitor. But can he find the madman and stop him before time runs out? And can he do it without changing history himself?

I really enjoyed this book back in the '80s. It was a genre blending work of history, fantasy, literary classics, military and science fiction. So much so that it is difficult to describe, because in one chapter you will have military time travelers conversing in a future world only to see them in the next chapter playing out roles as Ivanhoe or Robin Hood, attempting to mimic these people from history without letting their own personalities and feelings bleed through. The fact that sometimes these classic adventure characters were not portrayed in their traditional light made it even more exciting. And that is why The Ivanhoe Gambit was such a sharp, witty, twisted, fun book to read back then and still is fun to reread today.

Oh, by the way, if you enjoy this book, there are several more novels in the series – each focusing on the same band of time traveling soldiers attempting to fix some temporal screw up or other by exchanging places with or interacting with different literary and historical characters. While they are out of print, I personally think they’d be well worth a buy at your local used bookstore or on Amazon.

Have fun reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Edition: Yes! Price: Ugh, October 8, 2013
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, wish it were going to be a movie, October 10, 1998
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice time travel theories. Good, pulpy action!, February 10, 1998
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars In the future wars are fought in the past. But even time travlers have to clean up a mess now and again., July 14, 2014
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, May 6, 2014
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Read the original paperbacks and have been waiting for this series electronically. Barnes and Noble never put this series in eBook format. Amazon is starting to make it available as an eBook. Finally!!!!! Now get the rest of the series and we are set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully entertaining series, January 22, 2014
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I read this series years ago and was so excited to see it in the Kindle list! The books are very entertaining and combine a touch of history to keep you going. Can't wait to see if the others will be addd to Kindle's library as well. Way to go Amazon!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best time travel series I ever read, January 6, 2014
I pick this book up back in college in the 80's. I loved the book back then and I loved it now.
Hawke mix time travel with classic literature(Ivanhole) with time travel buddies.
What make the book fun is Simon Hawke poked fun of our ideal of Ivonhole, Rebecca, Robin Hood and the merry men.
I loved all 3 lead charcters.Their banter and chemistry made this series top notch entertainment .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timewars Book #1, October 11, 2013
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Loved this series when it first came out. A different take on the time travel/ sci-fi genre. Thrilled it finally became available as an eBook. Hope the rest of the series becomes available soon.
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The Ivanhoe Gambit (Time Wars, 1)
The Ivanhoe Gambit (Time Wars, 1) by Simon Hawke (Mass Market Paperback - January 1, 1984)
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