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Time Spike
     

Time Spike

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by Eric Flint, Marilyn Kosmatka
 

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First Time in Paperback for This Time-Travel Adventure by a New York Times Best-Selling Author.

Captain Andrew Blacklock was overseeing the change of shifts at the state of Illinois’ maximum-security prison when the world outside was suddenly ripped. They thought it was an earthquake until they found that the Mississippi river had disappeared, along

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First Time in Paperback for This Time-Travel Adventure by a New York Times Best-Selling Author.

Captain Andrew Blacklock was overseeing the change of shifts at the state of Illinois’ maximum-security prison when the world outside was suddenly ripped. They thought it was an earthquake until they found that the Mississippi river had disappeared, along with all signs of civilization. Then the sun came up—in the wrong direction. And a dinosaur came by and scratched its hide against the wall of the prison . . .

Something had thrown the prison back in time millions of years. And they were not alone. Other humans from periods centuries, even millennia apart had also been dropped into the same time. Including a band of murderous conquistadores. But the prison had its own large population of murderers. They couldn’t be turned loose, but what else could be done with them? Death walked outside the walls, human savagery was planning to break loose inside, and Stephens and the other men and women of the prison’s staff were trapped in the middle.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439133125
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
12/29/2009
Pages:
688
Sales rank:
737,007
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

Eric Flint is the co-author of three New York Times best sellers in his top-selling “Ring of Fire” alternate history series (1634: The Galileo Affair, with Andrew Dennis; 1635: The Baltic War, with David Weber, and 1634: The Bavarian Crisis, with Virginia DeMarce), of which Time Spike is a spinoff novel. His first novel for Baen, Mother of Demons, was picked by Science Fiction Chronicle as a best novel of the year. His 1632, which launched the ring of Fire series, won widespread critical praise, as from Publishers Weekly, which called him “an SF author of particular note, one who can entertain and edify in equal, and major, measure.” A longtime labor union activist with a Master’s Degree in history, he currently resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.

Marilyn Kosmatka writes fiction. Some believe her stories come from a childhood littered with hookers, drug dealers, murderers, ex-mob members and a lone CIA agent. Others believe the stories come from her experiences as a nurse. She cared for the cast-off babies of drug addicts. She bandaged the elderly, beaten by their own children. Then she went to work on death row. Years have passed since she entered the maximum security prison system with its bars, concertina wire, and midnight executions. But when pressed, she will admit these are years that can haunt the pages of a writer’s stories.

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Time Spike 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good read please write more
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Ankhenaton More than 1 year ago
Now we see the other side of the Grantville translocation by aliens (Assiti) who make a hobby of playing with various time lines and crossing them into various entertaining combination of various eras and peoples. This time we are given a more diverse group of moderns sent back into prehistory, along with peoples from various eras. Unlike his previous Grantville based novels; one is able to keep the various characters straight without having to reread a passage or chapter to figure out exactly who we are reading about. Though I thoroughly enjoy the 1632 Series of books; there are far too many major and minor characters to keep track of which detracts from the enjoyment of those books. Hopefully Mr. Flint will revisit the world of Timespike, as there are many rich plot lines to discover.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Supervisor Captain Mark Stephens was observing the guard mount shift changing at Illinois' maximum security prison when the ground rumbled. He and others assumed an earthquake occurred. However, looking outside, the geography has changed radically The Mississippi river vanished and all evidence of human activity outside the prison like roads are gone. Instead they see strange looking flora and shockingly a dinosaur that uses the prison wall to scratch its skin.====================== Mark quickly concludes somehow they have been transported back in time to a pre-human era when dinosaurs ruled the planet. They are not alone as other people from various millennia have also gone back perhaps a million years. Some of those locked up are cold blooded killers and some from the other groups like conquistadores quickly prove human life is expendable. Mark and his staff know they have their backs against the wall as they deal with human killers and dinosaurs, but enforcing the law of thou shall not kill is critical for their survival.========================= The Assiti who relocated Grantville, West Virginia into seventeenth century Europe have stirred earth chronology again this time moving several periods into the dinosaur era although the displaced Illinois crowd is the prime focus. The story line will remind the audience of the first Ring of Fire tale as the story line is fast-paced and filled with action, but has not quite become overly complex with time paradoxes as later tales begin to have. Fans will appreciate this strong opening act of a new Assiti time experiment as humans continue to be their guinea pigs, but for Mark and his staff survival of the fittest means containing the violent prisoners and some as vicious other era travelers.============== Harriet Klausner