, August 23, 2016
(view all comments by Sheila Deeth)
Imagine a place where history and all its alternates are carefully classified, quantified, measured and stored as the present day heads forward to its planned reward. Imagine the soldiers for time who work to keep history pure. Imagine the historian, eager to pay any price to experience the past. Then add greed, politics, duplicity, and the death sentence. The result is Time Assassins by R Kyle Hannah – kind of a modern-day novel of time-traveling Batmans.
Time Assassins is based on a seriously cool premise, nicely thought through, taking readers from recent history to the gallows of French revolution (but not the iconic guillotine, which surprised me). Its characters travel through Europe and America, but this is the time of America’s rising, and the story is very centered on the States. Presidents are murdered, grassy knolls are referenced, and soon there’s just that tiny twist that could change everything.
I enjoyed how the author dealt with alternate histories and their ramifications. Sometimes the characters’ oversimplified emotions annoyed me, but that doesn’t alter the fact that Time Assassins is a cool read based on a fascinating, well-imagined premise, and I’d love to read what happens next.
Disclosure: I won a copy on a blog and I offer my honest review.