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Posted January 27, 2013
I read this book because I had read "The Medici Legacy" by Ahlgren and really liked it. I thought "Medici" was a well-written, interesting and even fun thriller with characters who were pretty well defined and very likable. I also thought that Ahlgren's dialogue was real good.
But, as much as I liked the Medici book I think "Prologue" is even better. It opens up in a future world where Russia is in control of the old United States. Two professors at MIT figure out how to go back in time and do so, ending up in the U.S. in 1963. There are twists everywhere as they race to make things right, all the while being chased by Soviet time-traveling agents trying to stop them. I don't want to give anything away but the ending was a HUGE surprise to me that I never saw coming. Yet thinking back on it all the clues were there which left me kicking myself for having missed them.
In both books there is A LOT of history, which I also found really informative, as he meshes it in with the plot very well. Both books are fun reads.
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Posted March 8, 2013
Posted September 9, 2006
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I am not a sci-fi fan but the science was very understandable and the book is more of a historical thriller and an enjoyable and intriguing mystery than it is sci-fi. The conversations between characters was VERY realistic and consistant with how people really talk with each other. There is also a political tone to this book as the author is using the 'neo-Soviet' philosophy as a metaphor for neo-conservatives, especially when he divides the future America into red and blue states. Last, the author is pretty funny in places, such as by describing an alternative future world in which Al Gore has impliedly invented the internet.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 2, 2006
'Prologue,' by Greg Ahlgren, is a time travel thriller centered around the Kennedy assassination. Ahlgren has woven his critical re-examination of American foreign policy of the early 1960s into a light and comfortable fabric in this sci-fi action adventure. In doing so he takes an acerbic pen to a host of contemporary social and political issues. This just might be one of the better American political allegories since 'The Wizard of Oz.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.