Time Travel – A Modern Take

I know David Weber’s work from having read a book in the Honor Harrington series, but The Gordian Protocol was my first exposure to Jacob Holo’s writing.

I didn’t know what to expect – the cover made it look like there were space vehicles over what appeared to be present-day Earth, so I thought it might be alien invasion.

The first chapter made it clear that we were dealing with time travel, however, and that gave me pause. After mindless, pointless post-apocalyptic fiction, time travel is my least favorite science fictional trope. Though I’m normally flexible about extreme science (even certain forms of FTL travel, if explained without directly contradicting stuff we currently know), time travel has never worked for me, falling–on my own scale of values–into the realm of fantasy. I still prefer it to didactic fiction that tells us how awful the world will be if we don’t mend our capitalist ways, but only barely.

So this is another of the books that I wouldn’t have purchased if I hadn’t won it in the Baen contest a couple of years ago, but I still gave it a chance (I tend never to abandon books in the middle).

The first section of the book did nothing to dispel my misgivings. It started off a little slow, and was hard going for a bit.

But then came the jailbreak scene.

Without spoiling anything, from the moment the main character (one of two, actually) was released from digital prison, the book becomes a nonstop roller-coaster ride of entertainment. It is a solid ride until the end, even managing to give the other main character a happy ending despite everything seemingly conspiring against it.

So this ended up being a solid read, needing a little patience, but worth it in the end. If time travel is your thing, you will definitely want to check this one out.

Gustavo Bondoni’s latest novel is a comedic romp through ancient Greece. Our unheroically (or very heroically, depending on your sensibilities) hero fights his way through most of the beasts of antiquity to reclaim the Golden Malak of an even more unheroic king. You can check out The Malakiad, here.

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