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5.0 out of 5 stars A great use of time-travel, marred somewhat by misogyny, 6 May 2009
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This review is from: Cross Time Engineer: 1 (Adventures of Conrad Stargard, Book 1) (Mass Market Paperback)
The Conrad Stargard books have a great, well-executed concept behind them: An engineer goes back in time accidentally, and uses his knowledge to leapfrog from medieval technology to something much more advanced, in the hope of fighting off the Mongols when they invade and generally improve living conditions.

A cute side-effect is that when he standardizes things, he uses his late 20th century knowledge to improve on what he had in the world he came from. But the bulk of the enjoyment of the book is in watching Conrad teach those around him to massively improve their lives; if you've ever wondered whether you could improve on Robinson Crusoe-level technology if you were abandoned on a desert island, this is the book for you!

As the series goes on, however, things cater increasingly to male fantasies, and there are a few too many deus ex machinas in the form of help given to Conrad by the time-travelers whose machine he stumbled into. That said, I'm still giving this book five stars due to the sheer originality and quality of execution of the core idea.
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Cross Time Engineer: 1 (Adventures of Conrad Stargard, Book 1) by Leo Frankowski (Mass Market Paperback - Nov 1993)
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