Ross Murdoch was a petty criminal when he first time-traveled. Now he is a hero, about to face a time-traveling band of predatory aliens, the same ones who made his hand a charred ruin. With a small but loyal force, they face a much larger foe. They need a hero. They need Firehand. Can Ross live up to the legend he's created?...
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This is not really an Andre Norton book. Despite the ascription to Norton, part way through I was sure I was reading a collaboration. Written 30 years after the last of the original Time Traders series, when Norton was in her 80s, it can be safely assumed that most of the writing was done by her co-author, P. M. Griffin. Stylistically, it is more like Poul Anderson on a really bad day. Too many battles and not enough sense of wonder. No telepathic animals. And not once does someone say "There is this—".
Could not get into this book.
When we left Time Trader Agent Ross Murdock, he was stranded with his friends on the water world of Hawaika (Key Out of Time). As this novella begins, he and his partner, Gordon Ashe, are rescued and returned to the present. However, the present is changed. The world known as the Dominion of Virgin under went a drastic change, even while trade talks with Earth representatives were ongoing. It went from a vibrant world to a burned cinder. Was it the result of time-travel by the Baldies, as the evil aliens are known? Ross, Gordon, and arms expert Eveleen Riordan are sent back in time to discover the cause and correct it. The key development, the evolution of mental powers that would have saved the planet, was delayed because of a warlord's conquests 700 years previously. Soon, Ross finds himself teaching guerrilla warfare to a feudal society to prevent the warlord's conquest, and he has to do this without revealing the existence of Earth or drawing the attention of the Baldies. If he succeeds, what will be the result in the present? A great addition to the series.
My $1 purchase at half price books for a long plane ride. I didn't read the earlier book in the series so the beginning was confusing but the plot in their next time travel was full of fighting. I thought one of the goals was to develop telepathic abilities of the people but missed that entirely. Probably won't read another in the series.
Another in the Time Traders series. The time travelers go back in history to prevent the destruction of human life on a planet. Ross and his 2 partners join in the fight. They defeat a group of baldies but Ross is torn because he grows to love the people and the planet. Staying is not an option. Enjoyed it.
Time Traders series
awesome as usual! can't wait for the next one!
This was a smooth read done in typical Norton fashion. Near the end the book seemed to drag, feel like too much of the same thing over again.