- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Tor; Main Market edition (21 May 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405033975
- ISBN-13: 978-1405033978
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.9 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,703,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Faces of Mist and Flame Paperback – 21 May 2004
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Separate time-zones converge in an outstanding debut SF novel of dramatically violent action and an era-spanning romance
Two time zones converge to bring together Phoenix Lafayette, a combat correspondent on the Pacific island of Guam during World War II, and Professor Serena Freeman of Cambridge University, 2003. Separated by time but united by dreams, they are both in deadly danger.See all Product description
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About the story: this is partly a time-travel story, and partly a visceral journey through a deadly war-torn landscape. Split into two main strands, the narrative follows the young, Oxford-based mathematician Serena on the one hand, as she succeeds in building a time machine that will allow her to 'remote view' events through the eyes of people throughout the past from the point of view of our present. On the other hand, the narrative follows Phoenix Lafayette, an American war reporter caught up in the armed struggle to take Guam from the Japanese occupying forces during WWII.
Serena, having chosen Phoenix as her 'test subject', finds to her surprise that she can communicate with him. At first Phoenix takes the voices he hears to be those of the ghosts that occupy the island, the stories of which he grew up hearing from his grandfather, a native of the island.
In our present, Serena slowly comes to realise that her discovery is of far greater importance than even she may realise, and finds there are political forces arrayed against her, which desire her discoveries at any cost. Despite being separated by several decades, the two plot strands gradually come together, until Serena believes that, perhaps, she can alter the past after all ...
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As the story develops, there is much to keep the reader engrossed. What action will the UK secret police take to gain control of the device that can communicate through time and how at risk is our genius? Will the reporter survive the invasion? How will he repeat Hercules' tasks within the constraints of an active invasion on a small tropical island? This is a delightful story with good character development - the author does a great job of capturing life in the USA prior to and during the war, with this portrayed beautifully through the Guam reporter and his relationship with his grandfather and other family members. It is very hard to see how the book will develop and it ends in a surprising and delightful manner.
The science fiction part is the near future and a brilliant young English scientist, Serena Freeman, has created a machine that will let her mind go to the past. Unfortunately there are government organizations that would like to control this machine for their own ends. Serena selects the mind of a young marine jounalist involved in the invasion to liberate Guam in 1944. The struggle on Guam seems more graphic than any war story I have ever read and having had a foster brother involved in that horrible series of battles, I felt great empathy for Phoenix Lafayette who has ancestors originally from Guam. The back ground on these two characters and their friends is beautifully handled and you feel you know them intimately. The two are able to converse and eventually even see each other. As if this isn't enough, there is also a retelling of the labors of Hercules and this challenges Phoenix, with guidance from Serena to re-enact the twelve labors of Hercules on Guam. How this is accomplised and the stunning ending makes this one of the best science fiction tales I have read in years. On another level this is also a great love story.
I highly recommend this book and appreciate the research and effort the author made to put it together. I'll happily look forward to more works by him in the future.