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Pretty good young adult science fiction/time travel/mystery book. Not a lot of sci fi or mystery has been published lately for this age group, so a good title to keep in mind to recommend to those teenage Star Trek fans. Or their modern replacements.
JanetNoRules | 2 outras críticas | Sep 17, 2018 |
This book had a good beginning & resolution but it had problems. I️ liked how it addressed misunderstandings & assumptions by the different aliens, a nice analogy to diversity issues. But it got preachy at the end. There were no section dividers within chapters in the E-book. So no idea there was a switch in locale & characters from one paragraph to the next, maybe a prob with kindle version. Finally, lots of jargon with little explanation.
KarenMonsen | 3 outras críticas | Mar 28, 2018 |
Ben s - A tough gets a job as a guard in a reach project in quantum physics,,,
AlanPoulter | Dec 24, 2016 |
Michael Gilmore is made captain of a ship that will take the UK-1's (a gigantic space station) representative to the convocation to which a mysterious technologically advanced alien race has invited human beings - saying they want to share their planet with human beings after a selection process. Gilmore is a man passed over in his career and he feels he has finally made the grade - this is very illustrious position and he will be carrying the Prince (of the now defunct UK kingdom). Gilmore finds that there's a lot more going on behind the scenes than he expects for a supposed peaceful delegation - like there are weapons fitted on his spaces ship and all other delegate's ships. The aliens, the First Breed - also known as Rusties, since they are reddish and always flaking, put representatives on each delegate's ship in order to interview the ships' crews and understand humans further. Gilmore is suspicious of their motives, as well as the delegates intentions, but he also haunted by the spectre of failure - making him doubt his own decisions. What follows fulfulls his greatest fears and he has to make risky decisions that imperil his crew and the delegations. In the meantime, the aliens are paying strict attention to the human's dangerous intrigues. Technology is lightly touched upon, but you get a close-up view of living in cramped space ships and how frail they really are. Anyone who likes conspiracies, intrigue and boxes within boxes will enjoy this book.½
triciareads55 | 1 outra crítica | Sep 9, 2016 |
A family with gipsy roots struggles with a teddy bear...
AlanPoulter | May 25, 2016 |
PITA is an AI with with a big problem...
AlanPoulter | Jan 29, 2016 |
An AI takes over a publishing house and has to learn the ropes.The technology appears dated...
AlanPoulter | Jun 4, 2013 |
A very exciting book! Very good plot! A good read for action/sci-fi readers.
isaac.eck | 3 outras críticas | Feb 8, 2010 |
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Rico Garron is disturbed when the death of Commissioner Diaho seems to be in fact a murder.

But when several facts come up that lead to a greater mystery than a mere murder, Rico finds himself on a timeless hunt to find the truth. And this journey is literally a timeless one.

Being of the future, Rico can in fact travel back in time hundreds of years and trace Commissioner Diaho's dealings to figure out why he was murdered and who killed him.

With TIME'S CHARIOT, Ben Jeapes writes a very intriguing story about the future. While at first it can be confusing trying to figure out what is going on and trying to learn these new "futuristic" terms, the story itself is still very enticing and will quickly pull readers in. The many twists and turns make this novel a true page-turner.
GeniusJen | 2 outras críticas | Oct 13, 2009 |
Opening Sentence: '…Joel Gilmore's life was saved by a faulty component module, the vagaries of SkySpy's maintenance roster and a called in favour…’

I found this to be a fairly complicated story. Often getting lost, trying to figure out the intricate connections between the various characters.

Lieutenant Joel Gilmore and his partner Boon Round (a member of four-footed hairy alien species nicknamed Rusties) are working on maintenance duty when their spaceship is attacked by XCs. Only Joel and Boon survive. The spaceship is spying on the XC world aka World 4. XC is short for Xenociders - so called because they were observed totally annihilating the nearby World 5, which is now called the Dead planet.

However the XCs didn't kill Joel and Boon and they are kept prisoners and unharmed. The two groups can't communicate to each other, but the author switches the story between Joel and Boon and to the main XC character - a female (Oomoing) - so we can see what is going on from their point of view. They are merely observing Joel and Boom. Oomoing is assisted by a young male called Fleet. After seeing the treatment of World 5, Joel and Boon are convinced the XC want to kill them and then go on to earth and destroy that. They plan on escape in the last lifeboat left in the space station. They can't believe their luck when they are taken to the lifeboat, because of the communication difficulties they don't realise the XCs are letting them go. In ther kerfuffle, Oomoing and Fleet are trapped in the lifeboat.

Joel and Boom decide to hide in orbit behind the dead planet (World 5) but more drama's make them land on the planet instead. They get out and are attacked by beings that look like XC - which surprise them as nothing is suppose to be living.

The story gets increasingly bloodthirsty as the events unfold, told from human, First Breed, and alien points of view. It does explain to the reader what is going on and provides an interesting picture of completely different mindsets and cultures. But.....

It is too complicated, I got lost so many times and found myslef flicking back often to try and remember who was who, where they were and what they were doing and why. Other than that it had everything else going for it - action, adventure, wonderful technology and believable characters.
sally906 | 3 outras críticas | Aug 23, 2009 |
In a future time, there are alternate time streams, space nations and a "home time". From the home time, people can travel to places and times past. A special group of field operatives and a set of laws are supposed to maintain the status quo - at least for another 27 years, when the home time is scheduled to end.
lilibrarian | 2 outras críticas | Jan 26, 2009 |
Jeapes has written a book that will require a genre footnote; I don’t know that we have an historical science fiction category! It is 1645. Oliver Cromwell is on the rise. King Charles I is embroiled in a civil war. John Donder (pronounced Dhon Do in his native Holekhor) is a general and with the discovery of a new portal, he has returned to annex England for his Lord the Domon’el of Golekh.

Dhon Do has machine guns and he commands the fleet of airships that will annihilate the English. Cromwell has his wits and the help of Mistress Connolly who hates the Golekhi with a passion for the crimes visited upon her people in the Holekhor world. Wild cards include Dhon Do’s miraculous son (no one believed the Golekhi and the English could produce children) and the Wise whose abilities are centered in the geophysical alignment of the lines of power.

Despite the seeming anachronisms and improbabilities in this short summary, the events described feel historical and we get swept into believing that King Charles or Cromwell could very well have spoken and acted as presented; Jeapes places us firmly in the mid sixteen hundreds with language that will challenge and not discourage teen readers! Jeapes includes a postscript explaining (and inventing) the mix of history and fiction. You have to read this one to believe it. It is a significant literary accomplishment.
edspicer | 2 outras críticas | Nov 10, 2007 |
A quite fun story of England if aliens invaded during the civil war. The Roundheads and Cavilliers having to band together to fight the invaders. Interesting and well done.
wyvernfriend | 2 outras críticas | Jun 8, 2007 |

Various factions of humans dealing with aliens. All good fun, if the hero is a little too admirable to be true.
nwhyte | 1 outra crítica | Oct 16, 2005 |
Lunapilot | Jul 19, 2016 |
Set in the year 2153, this action-packed military sf novel involves humans teamed up with a race of quadruped servants, the First Breed, who have been genetically altered by an advanced race that has pretty much wiped itself out. Lieutenant Joel Gilmore and Boon Round, a First Breed, are doing maintenance work on surveillance equipment orbiting the SkySpy asteroid when they witness a devastating attack on the asteroid by the very aliens being watched. From there, increasingly savage events unfold from human, First Breed, and alien points of view, providing an intriguing picture of completely different mindsets and cultures. There are some awkward transitions, and readers might wish for a bit more background, but the action is convincing and so fast paced that the result is a real thriller of a story. Category: Books for Older Readers--Fiction. 2002, Random, $15.95. Gr. 7-10.
(Sally Estes (Booklist, Apr. 15, 2002 (Vol. 98, No. 16))
epence | 3 outras críticas | Nov 1, 2007 |
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