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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (Nov. 13 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031285921X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312859213
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.9 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,801,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The prolific Norton (Wind in the Stone, Forecasts, Oct. 11, etc.) has again returned to her Time Traders series, this time in collaboration with Sherwood Smith. Begun in 1958, the long-dormant series was first revived in the 1994 with Firehand, which Norton co-wrote with P.M. Griffin. But as with their revival of Norton's Solar Queen series, Norton and Smith don't just send an old hero through familiar paces. Ross Murdock has now moved into the laptop era. The tough Time Agent also has gotten himself married to agent Eveleen Riordan, and the two must work together when they are called from their honeymoon back to Project Star, as the secret time patrol is known. Now not only must Murdock and his old partner Gordon Ashe modify their old-boy system to fit Murdock's newlywed status, but they also must join a team of Russians, long-time rivals of Project Star, to track down an earlier team gone missing on a distant planet. The story is slow to start, as background from earlier books is filled in and old cold-war conflicts are ironed out, but once the two teams land on the Yilayil planet and travel back to a time 100 years after the first team disappeared, the narrative picks up. How could the highly cultured Yilayil have become the feral Weaslies of today? Are the malevolent Baldies once again up to no good? The answers prove more complex and ambiguous than a reader of the old series might expect, as the nature of both time and the enemy are explored amid the deepening mystery of the missing comrades. This refashioned Time Traders tale should reward veteran fans of Norton and create some new ones.
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When a group of Russian Time Agents disappears while investigating the planet Yilayil, newlywed agents Ross Murdock and Eveleen Riordan agree to participate in a dangerous rescue mission, despite their misgivings about some of their teammates. Personal rivalries soon give way to greater problems that threaten not only the integrity of the mission but the survival of its members. After their revitalization of the "Solar Queen" series, coauthors Norton and Smith now turn their attention to the world of the Time Traders, updating the series for a new generation of readers who enjoy tales of galactic adventures, time travel, and personal drama. Solid storytelling and intriguing characters make this a solid choice for most sf collections.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This is the only truly dull book with Andre Norton's name on it that I have ever read. In so far as I was able to grasp the plot, the time travelers (only one of whom is partially described) have gone to a planet where a Russian team vanished. This is supposed to be an urgent, emergency mission although that makes no sense if they are time travellers. For some reason, not explained, they go to a time a hundred years AFTER the disappearance. They visit a city that is not described at all, a city inhabited by strange races that are not described, they meet people there who are not described, they conveniently get jobs with no questions although they must resemble none of the people there. One of their party is incarcerated in a House of Knowledge or something like that which is not explained though the characters seem to know something about it. In fact the characters and the author, no doubt, seem to know what this whole story is about although they do not communicate their vision to the reader. This is too silly even for science fiction. I fell asleep on page 173 so I cannot say how it ended, nor do I care. It is that bad. I gave it one star because the program wouldn't let me give it anything less.
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For those who have read and enjoyed the early Time Trader books (The Time Traders, Galactic Derelict, The Defiant Agents, and Key Out of Time), this book will be an enjoyable extension, with just enough difference in emphasis to remind the reader that this is no longer Ms. Norton writing alone.
After some (somewhat slow) preliminaries that help re-establish this series into a somewhat more modern time frame of post-Cold War, the story picks up the loose ends left by Galactic Derelict, with a new expedition to the final destination of that book. Although their ostensible mission is to find the missing members of an earlier Russian exploration team, the book quickly turns to unraveling the mystery of how and why all the current time denizens of the planet appear to be devolved representatives of earlier highly civilized species.
The is the best aspect of this book, as in working out the mystery, there are some fascinating portrayals of multiple different species working within an overall society that may be the ultimate in enforced harmony. There is far more emphasis here on the real sciences of the cultural, anthropological, linguistic and biological variety than was present in the original books, and the basic plot provides for quite a bit of suspense and surprise, invigorating this tale with page-turning expectations. The mind-twisting consequences of time travel are reasonably worked out here, although without really answering the basic paradox inherent in time travel capabilities.
What isn't quite as good is the basic characterizations, usually one of Norton's stronger points. Ross Murdock and Gordon Ashe don't quite seem to be the people they were in the earlier books, and most of the Russian contingent seem very sketchily drawn.
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After reading "Firehand", I was really looking forward to reading "Echoes in Time". "Firehand" was a continuation of the characters I had grown up reading. When "Echoes" came out I was looking forward to more of the same. Not So. Anyone who had read "Galactic Derelict" would have some pretty serious questions as to how we could have arrived at the story of "Echoes". And where was Andre Norton as her characters were being cut up into minor background players? I could detect no trace of her hand in this. This story did nothing to answer the questions of the much older story and left considerable questions to be answered from its own content. Like, what just happened? Even rereading it with the mindset of letting it stand on its own did'nt help. All in all a very confusing mish-mash of a story that never would have been purchased but for it's connection to Norton and her older stories. Sherwood Smith was quite good in the Solar Queen stories and I expected better this time around. Oh well, I suppose you can't get it right every time. Will I continue to look forward to more of these collaberations? Yes. I'll just look at them with more of a caveat from now on. And who knows, maybe Sherwood Smith will improve as a comfort level with the characters develops.
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I fell in love with Ross Murdoch many years ago as he snarled his way through TIME TRADERS. (I was fourteen; he was eighteen, or there about...a romance made in scifi heaven. Don't tell my husband!) I always greeted his reappearance in the sequels in Norton's Time Travel series with joyous daydreams. I thought he was rather sulky in KEY OUT OF TIME but I forgave him. FIREHAND, the book prior to ECHOES IN TIME, was a good read, if a bit poorly paced. Ross had finally grown up, matured and, in the end, married. It wasn't me, and I thought her rather cool but as I was a grandmother by this time, what could I do but bid Ross Godspeed and good luck. I was unaware that some evil power was planning to feature my hero in a BAD BOOK! ECHOES, unfortunately, takes all of FIREHAND'S weaknesses and magnifies them. The pacing is terrible; the plot can't decide whether it's about a marriage or a space adventure; and unlike, FIREHAND, I didn't like alot of the other characters. Which leaves me to wonder: how much of this was written by Norton and how much by Smith? Ms. Norton, if you're going to bequeath my Ross Murdoch to another author, please find one that can WRITE.
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