The Dracula Caper (Time Wars #8) DNF@38%

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Title: The Dracula Caper

Series: Time Wars

Author: Simon Hawke

Rating: 1/2 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: DNF

Format: Kindle digital editions

 

 

Synopsis:

The Multiverse continues the war. Now Drakov, the crazy russian, has introduced genetic creatures, namely were-wolves and vampires, into “our” timeline in London in an effort to destabilize our timeline and destroy us.

 

 

My Thoughts:

This book is where I stop reading this series. It wasn’t that the plot was any cheesier than previous books. It wasn’t that the characters were suddenly stiffer than cardboard, because they’ve always been standup cutouts.

Nope, I quit because this was more than half exposition about Time War physics and other such immaterial crap. This was the 8th book in the series. I don’t need the whole primer for the Time Wars, an exposition about why things are so bad and history of each character and why they are the way they are.

It frustrated me so much that I just quit, the book and the series.

Good riddance!

The Argonaut Affair (Time Wars #7)

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Title: The Argonaut Affair

Series: Time Wars

Author: Simon Hawke

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 212

Format: Kindle

 

Synopsis:

The characters from our timeline are going to make a pre-emptive strike against the other timeline by creating a split in their universe. And they choose the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece to do this.

Problem is, they and the other timeline people, are all being manipulated by the crazy mad russian. Who still wants to cause multiple time splits, but now in BOTH universes.

Oy Vey!

 

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this. But that was because I cut the strings from my eyes to my brain so my eyes wouldn’t be rolling the whole time I was reading this.

I mean, robot amazonians, robot birds, robot Hercules?!? And don’t forget the robot zombies and robot Colossus of Rhodes. It was so bad it was good. But that was only because I was in the mood for it. Objectively, I would have called this trash.

These are the kind of books I read simply to pass the time between other books. Kind of like those free bread rolls you get at restaurants while waiting for your meal. You would not pay $50 for those rolls, but since they’re included, hey, why not eat one? Unless you have a gluten or wheat allergy, in which case, you’ll die frothing at the mouth rolling around on the restaurant floor while the other diners look on in horror and the staff scream and run around in a panic.

The Khyber Connection (Time Wars #6)

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Title: The Khyber Connection

Series: Time Wars

Author: Simon Hawke

Rating: 3 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: 170

Format: Kindle

 

 

 

Synopsis:

The events from the previous book have brought two alternate time streams into confluence.

Separate time streams, not a split.

Thus parallel universes begin a truly horrific conflict.

 

My Thoughts:

I actually enjoyed this more than most of the previous books. Part of that was because Hawke left off trying to create “feel real” characters and just let them be cardboard cutouts. It works better this way.

I haven’t read the actual The Khyber Connection so I wasn’t able to compare how Hawke weaved this story into that plot line. Reading this made me want to read the actual book but stories of Imperial India, except for Kim, have never truly interested me.

This was good enough that I’ll keep on with the series. I was beginning to wonder after the last book.

The Nautilus Sanction (Time Wars #5)

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Title: The Nautilus Sanction

Series: Time Wars

Author: Simon Hawke

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 244

 

 

 

Synopsis:

The insane Russian from the previous novel, who happens to be a time rebel and the son of one of the most important men in the Time Military, sets out to be Captain Nemo and cause so many time splits that everyone will just have to live with it.

We are also introduced to a crazy genius [crazy seems to be rampant in these books] and Jules Verne, as well as our usual cast of Heroes.

 

My Thoughts:

Honestly, this was pretty meh and just kind of silly.

All of the “authors are so smart and observant and brilliant and creative” bs got on my nerves too. Maybe “authors” are all that, but in this day and age I see “writers”, not  authors”.

I’m giving this series one more book to keep me hooked. Otherwise, it’s Curtains!

 

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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.

 

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…