In 1999, Arthur Penn was a veteran, a grad student, and a sucker for a lost cause. That’s why he stepped in when an old man was ambushed and why he agreed to carry the badly wounded man to a hospital, but he didn’t expect the hospital to be five hundred years away. He didn’t expect a one-way trip, and he certainly didn't expect to find himself fighting off an amorous girl 81 years before the Pilgrims landed, but those were just inconveniences.
When he saved the wounded Morl, Art accidentally enlisted in a war raging across all the human time lines. The Dragons assured him that they were fighting to defend real human life, even if the genome had a few modifications, against the Knights, a soulless horde of mechanical half-men determined to destroy all that was good and holy in the blah, blah, blah. Art had heard that before and just wanted to go home. Unfortunately, the road home led through pre-Columbian America, ancient Rome, neolithic Europe, and a fallen time ship in the depths of the last ice age. Then the Knights captured him and getting home became the least of his worries.
Art Penn is a nice guy bad things happen to. Think of Gulliver in Laputa, only with stone axes, quantum theory and ray guns. And Indians and Tin Men. In the face of all that, Art maintains a cheerful disposition. He keeps his knife sharp, his powder dry, his chin up, his head down, and tries not to take the destruction of the universe too seriously.
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About the Author
Harlen Campbell's first novel, Monkey on a Chain, was released by Doubleday in 1993. In addition to favorable reviews (FIRSTS magazine recommended the book as a collectable), Monkey was an alternate selection of the Book of the Month Club.It was also released as a trade paperback by Poisoned Pen Press of Scottsdale, AZ, and is available from the Poisoned Pen bookstore and website. The book is the first of a series built around the character of Rainbow Porter, who has been described as a "throwback to the outlaw/heroes of the old west." In fact, Porter was inspired by a combination of John D. Macdonald's Travis McGee and television's Paladin character, with more than a touch of the pirate thrown in. He is a man who lives on the edge, but who has enough intelligence and depth to make him memorable. The second book in the series, Jennifer's Weave, was released in print by ABQPress in the trade paperback format, and was followed by Sea of Deception, a stand-alone action adventure novel which features Helen Daws, who Campbell calls "....the strongest and most interesting woman villain I've ever read, much less written." All three novels are also available as ebooks. Campbell attended New Mexico State University and has BA's in English and Journalism and an MA in English Literature. Except for a brief stint as a journalist with the US Army and an even briefer one teaching college English, he never used his degrees professionally. Before he started writing, most of his work was in construction, real estate and computer programming, but he has also done satellite tracking, tended bar, and turned a dollar in a number of less likely ways. After the publication of Monkey on a Chain, he hosted the Left Coast Crime mystery writers’ convention in Albuquerque, billed as the "last great crime of the millenium." Campbell's interests lie in the nature of the individual's relationships to society and to the world, but he is willing to apologize if they show up in his writing. In fact, he believes that a writer's primary obligation is to entertain, and that he should only be allowed to fool around with ideas if his readers don't notice what he's up to. Although he admits to no hobbies and energetically avoids most forms of exercise, Campbell enjoys an occasional solitary walk. In general, he prefers beaches to mountains, warm to cold, indolence to industry.