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SHIELD OF TIME [Mass Market Paperback]

Poul Anderson
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April 8 1994
Here is a science-fiction story of a man from the Unattached Agent of the Time Patrol with a time mission. But how much suffering, throughout human history, can he bear to "preserve"?.

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For 35 years Hugo and Nebula award winner Anderson ( The Boat of a Million Years ) has written stories about the Time Patrol, whose members are charged with keeping history on track, unaltered, accidentally or deliberately, by time travelers. With this first novel set in that universe, Anderson vividly demonstrates his mastery of ancient cultures and history. After several grueling cases, agent Manse Everard is taking leave of the Pleistocene Age when it is discovered that history beyond the mid-12th century has changed drastically. Manse moves uptime to the new 1980s, an era in which the Renaissance has never happened, in which the Church, via the Inquisition, has stifled most dissent and scientific development, and the New World has barely been colonized. Everard and his new love and protegee, Wanda Tamberly, determine that the key to the change lies in the premature death in battle of Roger II, count of Sicily, grandfather of Frederick II, who has thus never been born. Although the Time Patrol saves the count, they are not able to redirect history to its conventional course. Ensuring the birth of another key figure, Pope Gregory IX, becomes critical. Anderson has produced a lively, thought-provoking tale.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As agents of the Time Patrol dedicated to preserving the integrity of the past, Manse Everard and Wanda Tamberly find themselves involved in ever-widening circles of intrigue that endanger the fabric of time itself. Based on his popular "Time Patrol" series of stories, this full-length novel by the author of The Boat of a Million Years (LJ 11/15/89) features many standard time-travel plot devices in addition to a wealth of historical backgrounds and alternate realities. Recommended for most sf collections.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars the most thought provoking time travel book ever! April 14 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Unattached Agent Manse Everard has to be the most complex man,part spy for the Time Patrol, and part deep thinker. His struggles on the part of the Patrol to preserve history are an interesting moral and ethical quandry to read. Should agents of the Patrol be allowed to have personal lives ? And what quandries will face them if they do, as Everard falls in love with a field specialist named Wanda Tamberly. Or should he give up all hope of ever again trying to have at least a normal life. One would think that time travel does secretly exist some where, Mr Anderson's writing is so factual and extraordinary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fast paced romp through history. Oct. 20 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the best in Anderson's long running Time Patrol Series. In this work, Manse Everard rescues history on a grander scale than ever before Anderson attacks the sometimes tedious concept of temporal paradox in a manner that allows the reader to suspend disbelief and enjoy the rich interplay of his characters and the high adventure characteristic of all of Anderson's works.
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my first Poul Anderson book to read, and I picked it up because my 3-year-old liked the mastadon on the cover. An excellent book dealing with imaginative and purposeful time travel. The storyline is so engrossing and convincingly well-written that this reader felt as if i were living the histories described. This is the job I want if I ever grow up
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the most thought provoking time travel book ever! April 14 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Unattached Agent Manse Everard has to be the most complex man,part spy for the Time Patrol, and part deep thinker. His struggles on the part of the Patrol to preserve history are an interesting moral and ethical quandry to read. Should agents of the Patrol be allowed to have personal lives ? And what quandries will face them if they do, as Everard falls in love with a field specialist named Wanda Tamberly. Or should he give up all hope of ever again trying to have at least a normal life. One would think that time travel does secretly exist some where, Mr Anderson's writing is so factual and extraordinary.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fast paced romp through history. Oct. 20 1999
By Mike Cumpston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the best in Anderson's long running Time Patrol Series. In this work, Manse Everard rescues history on a grander scale than ever before Anderson attacks the sometimes tedious concept of temporal paradox in a manner that allows the reader to suspend disbelief and enjoy the rich interplay of his characters and the high adventure characteristic of all of Anderson's works.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and thought-provoking April 4 2003
By scifiguy57 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Though it's billed as Anderson's first novel-length story about the Time Patrol, it's really three novellas strung together. First, agent Manse Everard is in Bactria (today's Afghanistan) in 209 BCE, fight a group called the Exaltationists who are constantly seeking to overthrow the established timeline and establish an alternate history in which they are worshipped as gods, or failing that, to let chaos loose on the universe. Next there's a long sojourn in the Pleistocene, when new Time Patrol recruit Wanda Tamberley is letting her emotions get the better of her judgment in dealing with competing tribes. Finally there's a brisk romp through medieval Europe, restoring the timeline after it has been disrupted by a random event. This was my favorite part of the book. The second part lacked excitement and tended to drag. The first part was good but I really wanted to know more. Where did the Exaltationists come from? How did they come so close to disrupting time in Columbia and Peru? How did a conquistador seize a timecycle, figure out how to use it, and go forward to 1989 California and kidnap Wanda Tamberley? I would really have liked to read these stories but all this action is over before the book even starts. Maybe it is described in some of Anderson's previous Time Patrol stories.
Anyway, the book is enjoyable on the whole if you can get over the sometimes tedious middle part.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book, engrossing storyline, imaginative timetravel Sept. 4 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my first Poul Anderson book to read, and I picked it up because my 3-year-old liked the mastadon on the cover. An excellent book dealing with imaginative and purposeful time travel. The storyline is so engrossing and convincingly well-written that this reader felt as if i were living the histories described. This is the job I want if I ever grow up
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Free SF Reader Sept. 3 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Another Time Patrol novel with Everard Manse. A lot of this is taken up by a newer agent, a woman named Wanda Tamberley.

Manse is getting a bit worn down by the whole time policing thing, particularly given there is a faction with similar technology opposing them to their own ends.

Wanda herself gets a bit attached to those she is interacting with in 13000BC.
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