Echoes In Time Hardcover – Nov 13 1999
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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.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
you can tell its not all of nortons work and the excitement level had gone down. the story is too drawn outPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Echoes in Time is one of two Time Trader sequels co-authored by Andre Norton and Sherwood Smith. They are excellent follow-throughs to what has happened previously in the series,... Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2011 by stargazer316
The characters are out of Time Traders, but the story is pure Witch World. I read Norton from the time I was a small child but stopped when she went heavily into fantasy starting... Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2003 by Kindle Customer
Around scifi conventions I've heard FIREHAND referred to as so godawful it's the perfect example of why not to buy a collaboration, and after looking at its cliche romance, its... Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2002
I have been enjoying Andre Norton since 1964.I love her story telling.This book trashed the Time Traders stories. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2002
The glitz of the fifties from Norton, and the wonderful characterization and prose from Sherwood Smith. The pairing couldn't be better! I hope to see more from this team.Published on Sept. 16 2001
I was really disappointed in this book. I loved all of Andre Norton's original Time Traders stories. This one took half the book to just get the story started! Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2001