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Editorial Reviews

In Andre Norton's Cold War-era science fiction story, Russian scientists have found a way to harness time travel and develop new weapons based on lost technology. Convicted criminal Russ Murdock finds himself reluctantly volunteering to join an American team to return to the past to tap the source of the Russians' weapons. Narrator Peter Ganim's bold performance emphasizes the thrills and excitement of this action-filled adventure, populating his narration with easily-recognizable characters, from the military men's gruffness to the menacing accents of the Russian antagonists. Ganim voices Russ as a vintage anti-hero -independent, wary and intelligent - and listeners will find themselves charmed and eager to find out the outcome of his dangerous mission.
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Publisher's Summary

If it is possible to conquer space, then perhaps it is also possible to conquer time. At least that was the theory American scientists were exploring in an effort to explain the new sources of knowledge the Russians possessed. Perhaps Russian scientists had discovered how to transport themselves back in time in order to learn long-forgotten secrets of the past.
That was why young Ross Murdock, above average in intelligence but a belligerently independent nonconformist, found himself on a “hush-hush” government project at a secret base in the Arctic. The very qualities that made him a menace in civilized society were valuable traits in a man who must successfully act the part of a merchant trader of the Beaker people during the Bronze Age.
For once they were transferred by time machine to the remote Baltic region where the Russian post was located, Ross and his partner Ashe were swept into a fantastic action-filled adventure involving Russians, superstitious prehistoric men, and the aliens of a lost galactic civilization that demanded every ounce of courage the Americans possessed.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Howard Ray on 05-29-10

Start of a wonderful series

This is the first book in a great series by Norton. I read all these book when I was in high school and was very pleased to find this one on audible.

This story does have a few old ideas, like the Russians as enemies etc., but it is classic Andre Norton.

The way the author immerses you in a long past world and bring the highly advanced forerunners into the story make this a wonderful way to spend a long car trip.

I look forward to more of the books in this series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andy on 04-26-10

Surprisingly enjoyable

I must have missed this book years ago when reading Andre Norton's works, so I read this with a reasonable familiarity with Andre's works. I enjoyed it immensely. While the Cold War backdrop is quite understandable to someone of my generation, it may be somewhat confusing to younger folks as knowledge of it is assumed.

But having said that, I really enjoyed the plot and the development of the main character. I particularly enjoyed the immersion in the world in the past. You can almost smell the woodsmoke.

I was very sorry when the book ended. It provided hours of enjoyable commuting.

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