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The Iron Wars
     

The Iron Wars

by Paul Kearney
 

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ALL IS CHANGE...
Struck down in his moment of victory, Hebrion's young King Abeleyn lies in a coma, his city in ruins and his fiancee and former lover vying for the throne. Corfe Cear-Inaf, now a colonel, is given a ragtag command of ill-equipped savages and sent on a hopeless mission by a jealous King who expects him to fail.
Richard Hawkwood and Lord Murad

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ALL IS CHANGE...
Struck down in his moment of victory, Hebrion's young King Abeleyn lies in a coma, his city in ruins and his fiancee and former lover vying for the throne. Corfe Cear-Inaf, now a colonel, is given a ragtag command of ill-equipped savages and sent on a hopeless mission by a jealous King who expects him to fail.
Richard Hawkwood and Lord Murad return bearing news of horror on a savage new continent, and they are not alone. Something terrible is lurking in the hold...

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The Barnes & Noble Review
In a last-ditch attempt to save the funding of his high-energy physics project, Professor Horst Wittkowski accidentally destroys his laboratory during a test run. The destruction only whets the appetite of the government secret-projects observers, who immediately whisk the team to a hidden facility. There, they are coerced into using the immense power generated to create a new duplicate microuniverse, whose increased speed of evolution would allow us to mine them for information as they develop beyond us.

With more twists than a barber pole, Metzger's second full-length book weaves together particle physics, time travel, and alternative history that pits the combined forces of Patton, Tesla, President Will Rogers, a six-year-old who might be a billion, and the greatest physicists of the 20th century against an ageless rogue android who manipulates entire societies.

Hopping dimensions, they seek a portal to an insane, omnipotent machine bent on destroying all universes in a tale that is never dull. (B.B.)

Publishers Weekly
This fast-paced romp through multiple manmade universes from Metzger (Quad World) will appeal to hard SF fans who like their science served straight up. In 2007, a team of physicists working on fusion power stumble onto a way to create new, smaller universes picoverses which replicate everything in our universe but smaller. After a disastrous test of the Sonomak machine, the mysterious Alexandra takes over the project. She has her own priorities, which include escaping her bosses into one of the picoverses, and she needs researchers Katie, Horst and Jack to execute her plan. Naturally, things go awry, and Katie and company find themselves exiled to a picoverse that duplicates Earth in the 1920s. The Sonomak is a reality there, too though made with vacuum tubes and run by researchers who include Werner Heisenberg and Albert Einstein. This is just the start of a race through a number of picoverses, as our heroes attempt to get home and defeat the nonhuman Alexandra. Alternate realities collide, with the very fate of Earth and the universe at stake. The preponderance of characters with superhuman powers gets old, as does the author's holding back crucial information about events and then springing it on us just in time to save the day. But the book hangs together thematically turns out saving the universe is not about manipulating the fabric of space-time, but about manipulating someone who can manipulate the fabric of space-time and the happy ending satisfies. Agent, Richard Curtis. (Mar. 5) Forecast: Supportive blurbs from the likes of Gregory Benford, F. Paul Wilson and Charles Sheffield should help, but some readers may be put off by the author's over-reliance on deus ex machina. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Physicists Katie McGuire and Horst Wittkowski believe in their latest development in plasma physics, an energy process known as Sonomak. The government also has an interest in Sonomak's capabilities, but its agenda strays far from the path of pure science. The author of Quad World has produced a scintillating foray into hard sf and speculative science that masquerades as a fast-paced technothriller complete with government heroes and villains, dedicated scientists, and a child-genius whose mind bridges the space between worlds. For most sf collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849975063
Publisher:
Rebellion Publishing Ltd
Publication date:
01/22/2013
Series:
Monarchies of God , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
569,387
File size:
599 KB

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Paul Kearney was born in Northern Ireland. He studied Old Norse, Middle English and Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University, and subsequently lived for several years in both Denmark and the United States. At present he and his family live by the sea in County Down. paulkearneyonline.com

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