By Poul Anderson

A enthralling story of event and romance: An anomaly of time transports a twentieth-century guy backward via background towards the best disaster the area has ever known

searching over the Pacific Ocean from the deck of a luxurious cruise liner, American architect Duncan Reid is all of sudden stuck up in an inexplicable event—and whilst he awakens he's someplace . . . assorted. Duncan has inadvertently fallen sufferer to a fatally malfunctioning time computing device from the long run, in addition to 3 both startled partners from tremendously diversified epochs and civilizations, and now he stands with them at the rocky Mediterranean coast of Egypt within the yr 4000 BCE. due to astonishing know-how provided by way of the demise time computing device, the displaced 4 may be able to speak and percentage their tales, the main startling being the story advised through the single girl between them, the bewitching Erissa. in basic terms many years faraway from her real time, she claims to be a priestess from Atlantis who perspectives Duncan as a god, and he or she represents maybe their in simple terms wish of returning to their rightful eras. yet to take action will entail immersing themselves within the savage turmoil of an historical international and putting themselves in harm’s method at the eve of the main bad devastation in human history.
 
a real mammoth of twentieth-century delusion and technological know-how fiction, a number of Hugo and Nebula Award winner Poul Anderson astounds once again with a strong event via historical past and legend that set a towering regular for time go back and forth fiction.

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There was a warning tone in Soneka’s inflection. Bronzi stopped what he was doing and looked around at his old friend. ’ ‘She was just being wary. ’ Bronzi shook his head. ‘Something’s up. ’ ‘My ace in the hole. If anything goes wrong, you’ll still know what I know. ’ ‘Nothing’s going to go wrong,’ said Soneka. Bronzi laughed. ’ ‘Enough to know that covering your arse is never a waste of time,’ Soneka replied. He shook his head. ’ ‘No,’ said Bronzi. ‘We’ve found ourselves in a war of lies, disguise and dissembling.

It formed part of the ‘noose’ that Lord Commander Namatjira was tightening around the enemy city. Hurtado Bronzi, a sixty-year veteran possessed of boundless charisma and a stocky body going to seed, leaned out of the billet doorway and took another deliberate stare along the red brick passageway. At the far end, where it opened out into a central courtyard, he could see the newcomer standing in conversation with Honen Mu and some of her aides. The newcomer was a big fellow, really big, a giant dressed in a dust-grey mail sleeve and a head shawl, with a soot-dulled bolter slung over his shoulder.

My ace in the hole. If anything goes wrong, you’ll still know what I know. ’ ‘Nothing’s going to go wrong,’ said Soneka. Bronzi laughed. ’ ‘Enough to know that covering your arse is never a waste of time,’ Soneka replied. He shook his head. ’ ‘No,’ said Bronzi. ‘We’ve found ourselves in a war of lies, disguise and dissembling. ’ Soneka didn’t look convinced. ‘Come on,’ Bronzi rumbled. ‘That’s why the Geno Five-Two has survived this long. We fight smart, we always have. ’ Bronzi winked. He wasn’t going to rise to the bait.

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