Friends this is my review of the book The Time Traders by Andre Norton, which I listened to recently as an audio book. I don't think I have read any of Andre Norton books for many years and it is always nice to rediscover an author.
I listened to this as the Librivox version whilst travelling recently. One of the advantages of listening to a book rather than reading I find is that it is that it allows the imagination to run riot and this is great for a science fiction or an historical novel.
This was written in the late 1950's and it is always amusing to see how the writer has predicted the near future, which is now our past. The cold war is running very wild and America is having trouble in keeping up with “the reds”. Intelligence agents have uncovered something beyond belief, but the evidence is incontrovertible: the USA’s greatest adversary is sending its own agents back through time! And someone (or something) is presenting them with technologies and weapons far beyond our most advanced science. We have only one option: create time-transfer technology ourselves, find the opposition's ancient source...and take it down!
That was why young Ross Murdock, above average in intelligence but a belligerently independent criminal found himself on a “hush-hush” government project at a secret base in the Arctic. He was given the choice of spending a long time in prison or help the scientists. The very qualities that made him a menace in civilized society were valuable traits in a man who must successfully act the part of a merchant trader of the Beaker people during the Bronze Age.
Once they were transferred by time machine to the remote Baltic region where the Russian post was located, Ross and his partner Ashe had to deal with the Russians, the local very superstitious prehistoric people in the area and …Well that would be saying and then spoil the rest of the story.
Though it is interesting to note that this series of books must have been an inspiration to at least a couple of TV series and films I can recall watching. If you read or listen to this I wonder if you agree with me.
This was a very enjoyable listen and made the time sitting in traffic pass by very quickly. This was book 33 week 27 fiction 30 (8 on audio) non fiction 3
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