The Ivanhoe Gambit (Time Wars #1)

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Title: The Ivanhoe Gambit

Series: Time Wars #1

Author: Simon Hawke

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 228



In the “Future”, war is waged by keeping points of soldiers who fight in past battles. Those keep track of the points are the Elite, who also double as Time Agents who prevent paradoxes from occurring.

Well, one of these Refs goes rogue and tries to derail the timeline by taking Richard the Lionhearted’s place in History and changing everything.

A group of soldiers are sent in to stop a Paradox from happening and they happen to land in the story of Ivanhoe. And thus the story proceeds.


My Thoughts:

I would have eaten this stuff up like pudding back in the early 90’s, but since I’ve read a good bit of Time Travel, Time Paradox AND the original Ivanhoe, well, this was only so-so.

First off, Hawke takes the Ivanhoe story as his outline and then interweaves his own, so to be honest, I felt like he was cheating. Yeah, you heard me, cheating. If someone reads this and it gets them to read the actual Ivanhoe, then I’m ok with that, but to be honest, I don’t see that happening.

If I compared this to food [ I’m hungry right now 😀 ] I’d have to go with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, made with skippy peanut “spread”, on super de duper processed sliced white bread. It does its job, but you don’t want more than 1 in a great while.

There are 12 in the series. I wonder if I can read them all? At least unlike that terrible Endworld series, this is internally consistent with how the characters act.

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