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Time Traders by [Norton, Andre]
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Time Traders Kindle Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in Time Traders (2 Book Series)
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At the end of this century Ross Murdock is given the choice between prison and a dangerous role in a secret mission. Accepting the latter, but determined to escape at the first opportunity, the intelligent young man finds himself involved in a project which demands that he be projected back to various periods in history. For the Americans, aware that the Russians, somewhere in time, have learned the secret of space travel, must for the sake of national safety, obtain the same secret. Hurled back into the earliest ages of man, Ross' volatile intelligence is, for the first time, stimulated as he risks death, posing as a member of prehistoric worlds. By the time the Americans gain control of the secret, Ross is rehabilitated and is a willing participant in the benevolent army of the future. An interesting idea, well handled by Andre Norton, science fiction expert, who projects his reader deftly both backwards and forwards in time and injects his narrative with considerable and interesting historical information. (Kirkus Reviews) --Kirkus Reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 954 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463752261
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (1 Sept. 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ARPEKG8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,310 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Time travel stories appeal both to those interested in the metaphysical puzzle (is the timeline fixed or changeable? are there alternate histories either potentially or actually?) and to those who wish to see how a "modern" sensibility would cope with past events and cultures (see Connie Willis). Unfortunately this story is simply muddled on the one hand and inadequately researched about past time on the other. It rapidly devolves into pointless gun battles, boring character sketches, random alien intrusions from an interstellar empire also inadequately imagined, and vague gestures towards PSI capacities. It seems the author kept losing interest in every particular theme. There are better books by Norton (though PSI, unfortunately, seems to be an obsession). And much better time travel books (even ones with gun battles): try Poul Anderson. Maybe the series improved?
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Set in the first quarter of the 21st century and first published in 1958, this is truly amazing book. Ms Norton shows some amazing far sightedness. She predicts the fall of the USSR, the moon landings and the scaling down of the space race, whilst naively using some technology prevalent in the early twentieth century such as tape recorders and a complete lack of computers. It's a rip roaring yarn about what she sees as the cold peace, a race with Russia to gain technology buried in the deep past when aliens visited earth. Time and space travel of the vintage kind that's stood the test of time.
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So far ahead of when she was writing, it's easy to see why Andre Norton was so celebrated in her lifetime. Spread the word, she's still worth reading today and is more than a match for all but the current maestro of sci-fi.

This book is two in one and introduces you to the Time Agents, a great series that any sci-fi fan will hold their feelings cheap who have not read Andre Norton on St Crispin' s Day, or any other day!
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To be honest, I didn't really know what I expected when I got this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. The first half was much more interesting than the second, perhaps because it was more to do with historical facts, then it was into the realms of fantasy with all the space creatures. If you want a good story, then this is the one for you, it will keep you occupied for hours.
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Not only do you get the Time Traders which is an excellent story in itself, but the follow up novel is also in here (although it seems a little ragged around the end). If you like tales of heroism and adventure, you will love this.
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Pity 'andre Norton' has passed away, as this was a good story line to pursue. Quite a change from most of the time travel srories since. Because of when it was written, has a good feel of the 'cold war' in it as well.
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Brilliant, exciting and a great read
Intelligent and fantastic
A must read for all sci-fi readers. Brilliant writer. Can't wait to read more
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Having previously read and enjoyed a number of short stories by this author I was looking forward to reading a full length novel. I started reading and kept going, waiting for it to become interesting and for the characters to become more than refugees from a pre-adolescent "Boy's Own Adventure" Annual. It never happened.
Having ploughed through part 1 (Time Traders), I hoped that, perhaps now the author had set the scene, maybe in part 2 (Galactic Derelict) the characters would come to life. Alas, no, it was still reminiscent of the cartoon "Hurge's Adventures of Tin-Tin", without the dog, the humour or the occasional love interest but now with some alien planets replacing the foreign countries.
The time travel element was also disappointing. I was left feeling that although the book intended to transport the reader to our distant past it seemed to have more in common with the pulp sci-fi TV programs of the 1960's but without the humour.
Perhaps my disappointment is partly that as a modern reader I expect more than a series of "baddies" (apparently only because they are Russian?) or "ferocious alien monsters" for the hero to overcome. These 2 stories, republished in 2000 as an omnibus, were first published in 1958 and 1959 respectively. Unfortunately for me they reflect all too clearly the conventional prejudices and gender stereotypes of the era where reckless uncommunicative men are heros who bravely fight the unknown and women hardly exist.
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