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Forget minor hazards like nuclear bombs. The discovery of time travel means that everything we know, anyone we know, might not only vanish, but never even have existed. 

Against that possibility stand the men and women of the Time Patrol, dedicated to preserving the history they know and protecting the future from fanatics, terrorists, and would-be dictators who would remold the shape of reality to suit their own purposes. 

But Manse Everard, the Patrol's finest temporal trouble-shooter, bears a heavy burden. The fabric of history is stained with human blood and suffering which he cannot, must not do anything to alleviate, lest his tampering bring disastrous alterations in future time. 

Everard must leave the horrors of the past in place, lest his tampering - or that of the Patrol's opponents, the Exaltationists - erase all hope of a better future, and instead bring about a future filled with greater horrors than any recorded by past history at its darkest and most foul.

©2006 Poul Anderson (P)2020 Tantor

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Classic Counterfactual History

My introduction to Poul Anderson was at the age of 15 when I read Guardians of Time which comprised 4 of the novellas included in Time Patrol. I was particularly taken
by Delenda Est. In revisiting his alternative history collection, I was struck by what a great historian the author was. The science, or lack of it , is misleading. This is a classic series of counterfactual , what if, historical stories. A pleasure to revisit them , despite the annoying narration style

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  • 05-09-20

I can not listen to this Horrible Narrator

I love Poul Anderso, have for decades... but even his excellent writing can not hold up to this sophomoric pretender of a Narrator. I may have to return this audio book for a credit ( whichout of 400+ books I've only done twice)...such a waste of a great story.
The narrator sounds like a College Jock trying to fake his way through an 101 Acting Class... insulting attempts at accents,
no idea how to use syntax or puntuation... just flat out irritating from to start... I hope Tantor Audio (who normally have Great Narrators, even mediocre ones) will re record this novel...

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