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Time's chariot
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2008
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  Booklist Review

This complex genre-bender brings elements of mystery, historical, and political fiction to an action-packed, intrigue-rich, and multicast science-fiction story. When Commissioner Daiho, political leader of the College that maintains the Home Time (a place that controls transfer to other time periods and to which time correspondents bring information to entertain the masses), is found dead, Ricco Garron believes that the first murder in the 400-year history of the Home Time has been committed. As a mere Field Operative, a sort of hired gun who escorts Home Time residents seeking adventure to earth's many time periods, Garron risks status and livelihood to prove his hunch in a rigidly controlled society that has labeled Daiho's death a suicide. In doing so, he discovers a complicated web of people and plans designed to break the College's control over time travel. Only two characters appear in this book, which might have been successfully marketed to adults. Nonetheless, this is a meaty, original work that will appeal to sophisticated genre readers who enjoy a good challenge.--Koelling, Holly Copyright 2008 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

"The past was officially a nasty, dirty place where people had no social preparation and were cruel and mean to each other...." But since the present "Home Time" world--unified, pacified and populated by 20 billion people--is now crime- and even injury-proofed, how could Commissioner Li Daiho have fallen off a balcony to his death, let alone be murdered? Such is the mystery that Field Operative Rico Garron is charged with solving in this demanding, convoluted time-travel adventure that, among other things, explores the effects of technology on society and humanity's relationship to its past. The novel--first published in England in 1999 as The Winged Chariot and featuring an all-adult cast of characters--lurches from time to place as Rico gets closer to unraveling the mystery surrounding Daiho's death. Rico's hotheaded-but-rather-heroic nature and acidic sense of humor make him an intriguing character, and perhaps that in itself will be enough to keep readers going boldly through the irritatingly complex story line. (Fiction. YA/adult) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
THE HIMALAYAS, 5000 BC: <br>Commissioner Daiho is dead, but there's no question of foul play. The murder of a Home Timer is about as likely as unauthorized interference with the work of a Correspondent. . . . <br>Isfahan, Arabia, 1029: <br>Abu Ali was startled. He hadn't heard the stranger enter. The Correspondent was even more alarmed--his enhanced senses would have picked up the arrival of any normal human. Then the stranger spoke, and it was the language of the Home Time. Seconds later, Correspondent RC/1029's world went dark. <br>The Home Time, 2000 Years Later: <br>Field Operative Rico Garron is about to have a very bad day. From the Hardcover edition.
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