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Time Dancers (The Meq) Paperback – May 30, 2006
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“Vivid personages, a startling premise richly elaborated, and . . . derring-do and dastardly schemes.”
–The Washington Post Book World
–The New York Times
Top Customer Reviews
Like the first book, this one begins with a train journey. This journey, however, is one of hope and renewal, reuniting lost loved ones and finally returning home. Unfortunately, this time of happiness doesn't last long as Z's archenemy, Xanti Otso or the Fleur de Mal, kills two of their number. The Meq are few and cannot afford to lose any of their people, especially to one of their own. So a plan is made to hunt down the Fleur de Mal and his accomplices and kill them, thereby ending their reign of terror.
Working in teams, the Meq scatter to the ends of the Earth and follow whispers, rumors, and sightings false and real.
They search far and wide, yet the Fleur de Mal is always one step ahead. He lures them into ambush after ambush, each time causing loss and confusion. During this quest, the Meq discover that they are changing--and not always for the good. Ray Ytuarte, one of Z's oldest friends, becomes deathly ill after being bitten by a mosquito, something that has never happened before in the Meq's known history.
The timeline extends from the end of World War I in 1919 all the way through the bombing of Nagasaki in 1945. In contrast to The Meq, the action moves along at a fairly even speed, although there are sections where years pass with barely a mention. Author Cash has done his research, and a constant flow of historical figures and events litter the pages.Read more ›
The telling of this story falls on the shoulders of Zianno Zezen, one of the youngest members of the Meq. In the first book, Zianno searches for others like him after the death of his parents. Along the way he learns the significance of the stone he carries--the stone of dreams--and that there are others like it. He finds friends, both Giza (human) and Meq alike, his ameq, and a mortal (or perhaps it would be more apt to say immortal?) foe in the form of a corrupt Meq assassin known as the Fleur-du-mal. In the midst of all that, Z and his friends try to prepare for a Meq event known as the remembering which will reveal their origins and their purpose, a scant hundred years away.
Okay, so if you didn't read the first book that was all probably a bit confusing. The reason for that is simple: this trilogy isn't comprised of what can be called stand-alone novels. The sad truth is that I read "The Meq" about six months before I had the chance to pick up "Time Dancers." It took about fifty pages for me to find my stride and maybe a bit longer to really get into the book. I suspect those difficulties would have lessened if I had read the books closer together.Read more ›
However, he and his associates are busy at the moment; lethal Meq Fleur-du-Mal feels the necessity to commit genocide of his immortal race. He has a compatriot Zuriaa who assists him by abducting the oldest known living Meq the matriarch Susheela the Ninth in order to force her to reveal to them location of the mystical Sixth Stone that could lead to a pandemic eradication. Z and his cronies must once again stop Fleur du-Mal.
The sequel to THE MEQ, TIME DANCERS is a wild zany science fiction thriller that uses real twentieth century historical points and persona as anchors though several of the choices seem to flakily fluky to fit the plot. The story line is all over the place. But smoothly moves forward. Z and his family and friends remain fascinating characters while the assassin Fleur du-Mal seems even more deranged this time around. Fans of zany way out science fiction thrillers will enjoy Steve Cash's latest entertaining madcap ride.
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Steve cash has the ability to bring out emotions thru words, very good. The story is ok but the craft of an excellent wordsmith is a pleasure to encounter.Published 21 months ago by Dean haycock
This is the most unique series of sience fiction books since Jules Vern.I attended high school with Steve Cash and saw him grow to be a talented musician and song writer ( The... Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The first Meq book was interesting mainly because of the cool concept the author had about the Meq, staying 12 for as long as one wished or until they met their soul-mate and... Read morePublished on June 15, 2012 by Bezweifeln
Time Dancers take up the story of Z the boy who never grows old (but has definately grown up) right from where the Meq left off. Read morePublished on June 22, 2011 by wkendwench
I loved the first book about the Meg, couldn't put it down once I started it. This book is easy to put down. Read morePublished on February 6, 2009 by Michael Lamie
We are anziously awaiting the third book in the series .. my teen daughter, myself, and my best friend have all thoroughly enjoyed these books. Read morePublished on April 1, 2008 by Julie A. Smith