From Library Journal
Reluctant agents for the U.S. government's secret expeditions into the past, Travis Fox and Ross Murdoch seek out history's anomalies in order to protect the future. As part of Operation Retrograde, Fox and Murdoch explore the mysteries of the Bronze Age and ancient Polynesia in search of signs of alien visitors to Earth's distant past. The latest addition to veteran sf author Norton's classic "Time Traders" series brings together two out-of-print novellas of time-travel into one volume suitable for most libraries' sf collections.
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Baen revives more of Norton's Time Traders yarns (Time Traders
[BKL N 1 00] contained the first two resuscitees). In The Defi
ant Agents, American agents, who have received treatments that cause them to revert to ancestral behaviors that will enable them to survive in more primitive conditions, are dispatched to the past. They encounter Russians who have been backdated to resemble Tartars and whom they can overcome only with a weapon alien to the period. In Key Out of Time
, the agents venture to a ruined planet revealed by a long-lost map. There they find a device that lets them see into the past and defeat the aliens responsible for the planet's demise. Originally written in the early 1960s, both books needed and got a certain amount of technological and political updating, so that, for instance, the Russian opponents aren't Communist but newfangled Russian imperialists. The books bear revamping better than most of their contemporaries might because they were better written in the first place by one of sf's hardy perennials. Roland GreenCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved