The Zenda Vendetta (Time Wars #4)

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Title: The Zenda Vendetta

Series: Time Wars

Author: Simon Hawke

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 210

 

Synopsis:

The Time Commando’s head out to mop up the last of the time terrorists, who are hellbent on causing a time split and potentially ending the universe.

However, the Commando’s don’t have all the info, as their commander has held back some very personal revelations.

 

My Thoughts:

First book where I hadn’t read the original book this was based on. To be honest, I don’t feel like I missed a thing and I also have no desire to search and read The Prisoner of Zenda. 

That rat Mongoose [how ironic] is finally killed for real.

This was mainly about the head of the Time Commando’s, Forrester and how his past actions are coming back to bite him, and everyone else in his timestream, in the butt.

Passable action but not quite enough to take your attention away from the lack of characterization and overall b-list writing.

Mediocre is the best word I can use to describe this. Good enough to keep reading for awhile but it does mean that if things don’t change, that this series’ death knell has tolled.

 

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The Pimpernel Plot (Time Wars #3)

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Title: The Pimpernel Plot

Series: Time Wars

Author: Simon Hawke

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 236

 

Synopsis:

The group [I say group, but they are more of a loosely associated bunch of people who happen to have had adventures together before] goes back to deal with an Adjustment, only to find those rat bags from Intelligence are STILL playing games and absolutely nothing is as it seems.

The novel this takes place in is the Scarlett Pimpernel.

 

My Thoughts:

Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Even while being rather confused. However, said confusion was on my part and not because the book didn’t make sense; Hawke does a great job of writing the double game here.

The 2 main intelligence guys from before are back and causing headaches for our guys, who just want to do their job and then go home. Most of this story is dealing with rogue agents, double agents, etc instead of weaving through the main story of the Scarlett Pimpernel. If I hadn’t read the original novel, I’m not sure I could have figured out what it was actually supposed to be about.

This book was about the repercussions of the Time Wars and the nature of a Time Split. It was kind of horrific to be honest, in its implications. Billions upon billions of people coming into existence and then just as easily ceasing to exist. And realizing that the narrative of the those we follow could just as easily be replaced by another group of them.

The Timekeeper Conspiracy (Time Wars #2)

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Title: The Timekeeper Conspiracy

Series: Time Wars #2

Author: Simon Hawke

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 225

 

Synopsis:

The main character from the previous book gets bored with being a civilian and joins back up with the military. He’s put on a special mission along with the surviving member of the previous mission. They have to stop a terrorist group from creating a time-split, since nobody knows WHAT will actually happen if such an event were to occur.

Only this time they are under the command of the Intelligence Branch [ie, the Timekeepers] and those guys have their own little game going on.

The novel/history for this book is the Three Musketeers.

 

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this more than the previous book. Most likely it was because I am accustomed to the author using a novel as a Historical Fact. That didn’t sit well in the first book, but now that I know that is the Way Things Are, I can adjust.

Plus, I liked The Three Musketeers a lot more than Ivanhoe.

I thought that the whole cat-n-mouse game between the Intelligence Agent and the main Terrorist was really good. The twists and turns weren’t that obvious to me and so I was kept in pleasant suspense right to the end.

Part of the fun for me with these books is that I have read the original novels, so seeing Hawke weaving his own story inbetween the original is great fun. I know how the original ends but figuring out how Hawke’s part of the story will get there as well is engaging.

Don’t get me wrong, these books are NOT literary classics and will never be such. But they are a fun afternoon’s read and after this book, I’m a little more excited about the rest of the series than I was after book 1. And the covers are pretty cool too…

The Ivanhoe Gambit (Time Wars #1)

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Title: The Ivanhoe Gambit

Series: Time Wars #1

Author: Simon Hawke

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 228

 

Synopsis:

In the “Future”, war is waged by keeping points of soldiers who fight in past battles. Those keep track of the points are the Elite, who also double as Time Agents who prevent paradoxes from occurring.

Well, one of these Refs goes rogue and tries to derail the timeline by taking Richard the Lionhearted’s place in History and changing everything.

A group of soldiers are sent in to stop a Paradox from happening and they happen to land in the story of Ivanhoe. And thus the story proceeds.

 

My Thoughts:

I would have eaten this stuff up like pudding back in the early 90’s, but since I’ve read a good bit of Time Travel, Time Paradox AND the original Ivanhoe, well, this was only so-so.

First off, Hawke takes the Ivanhoe story as his outline and then interweaves his own, so to be honest, I felt like he was cheating. Yeah, you heard me, cheating. If someone reads this and it gets them to read the actual Ivanhoe, then I’m ok with that, but to be honest, I don’t see that happening.

If I compared this to food [ I’m hungry right now 😀 ] I’d have to go with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, made with skippy peanut “spread”, on super de duper processed sliced white bread. It does its job, but you don’t want more than 1 in a great while.

There are 12 in the series. I wonder if I can read them all? At least unlike that terrible Endworld series, this is internally consistent with how the characters act.