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In an alternative future in which the Soviet Union has won the Cold War, two MIT professors devise a daring plan to travel back to 1960s America to undo the past. As the time travelers scheme to avoid the watchful eyes of Soviet intelligence agents, they find themselves increasingly distrusted by their fellow resistance leaders. When they finally make their daring attempt, they must confront not only history, but also their own pasts.
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Overview

In an alternative future in which the Soviet Union has won the Cold War, two MIT professors devise a daring plan to travel back to 1960s America to undo the past. As the time travelers scheme to avoid the watchful eyes of Soviet intelligence agents, they find themselves increasingly distrusted by their fellow resistance leaders. When they finally make their daring attempt, they must confront not only history, but also their own pasts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614344582
  • Publisher: BookLocker.com, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/15/2011
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Ahlgren is a criminal defense lawyer in Manchester, New Hampshire. He received his B.A. degree from Syracuse University in 1974 and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1977. He has been a criminal justice professor, a state legislator, and a political activist, and has appeared as a frequent guest on both national and local television and radio shows on true crime and historical issues. His books include the alternative history time-travel novel "Prologue" and the international thriller "The Medici Legacy," and along with Stephen Monier he co-authored the true crime book "Crime of the Century: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax."
Prior to "Crime of the Century's" publication in 1993, most commentators on America's most famous crime had questioned Hauptmann's guilt, but had been unable to offer a cogent alternative hypothesis. Combining their respective expertise as a criminal defense lawyer and a seasoned police investigator, Ahlgren and Monier were the first to theorize that perhaps there had been no stranger abduction and that the "kidnapping" had been hastily concocted to mask a domestic tragedy. Controversial at the time of original publication, this theory has now gained widespread acceptance as a plausible explanation of the Crime of the Century.
In his 2006 novel "Prologue," Ahlgren inverted the usual time-travel plot line. Instead of creating protagonists intent on preserving a recognized time line from attack by those seeking to change history, Ahlgren devised an alternative future, and then, set against the backdrop of the JFK assassination, presented his protagonists with the challenge of creating a better today.
His 2011 novel, "The Medici Legacy," utilized a plot convention rare in an American thriller when Ahlgren created a non-American chief protagonist, Deputy Inspector Antonio Ferrara of the Italian Polizia di Stato.
In a 2008 interview, when asked to name two fiction writers, one past, one present, who have influenced his writing, Ahlgren named Daphne duMaurier and Tim Green.
In a pretentious law school alumni questionnaire, when asked to list his greatest personal or professional achievement, he scribbled, "never, ever having voted Republican."
Recreationally, Ahlgren has been a licensed private pilot, an avid sailor, and a not-so-avid skier.
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  • Posted January 27, 2013

    I read this book because I had read "The Medici Legacy"

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Note to the author

    Soviets use the metric system

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2006

    Surprisingly Entertaining

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2006

    Good Political Allegory

    '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.'

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