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The Shield of Time (Time Patrol #5)

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Here is a science-fiction story of a man from the Unattached Agent of the Time Patrol with a time mission. But how much suffering, throughout human history, can he bear to "preserve"?.
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published September 1990 by Tom Doherty Associates, Inc (first published August 1990)
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Jan 27, 2016 Gregorio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poul Anderson is one of my favorite authors; the Time Patrol one of my favorite sagas, ever since I first read a spanish translation of some of the first stories, I was hooked. That aside, I somehow ignored this book (a novel's worth of stories I hadn't read, building on the events and characters of the first compilation) even existed until very recently.

On to the book itself: The stories are pretty fresh, the narrative style is good, although it does go off on expositional tangents ever so ofte
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Jul 10, 2012 An Odd1 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
is three novellas plus connecting materials ( as six strangely titled parts jumping time. Excerpt has dated Sections.

The Time Patrol travels time to set up outposts for study and protection of history. Strings of dates, times, wars, conquerors. Detail of costume and habits recreate old cultures. Names warp mouths - Chandrakumar, Euthydemus, Antiochus. What if a past event chan
An interesting premise, however I didn't love the author's writing style. The story was a bit slow, with several side tangents that were unrelated. Tons of historical information that often bogged down the narrative. I did like how he handled some of the paradoxes of time travel so that they didn't get in the way of the story though. All in all, not compelling enough that I would seek out other books in the series.
Aug 26, 2015 Elar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Book is divided into separate stories which all weave together nice wholesome story. Time paradoxes and ancient landscapes are only some of the charms this book offers.
Anthony Faber
Sequel to "Time Patrol", but it seems to be a collection of stories set in the same millieu. Old school stuff. The dialogue is a bit dated and, as always, he can't help interjecting his politics into things.
Brendan Powell
Sep 14, 2012 Brendan Powell rated it really liked it
Good "The Time Patrol" this was a collection of shorter stories (Novellas perhaps) but they were a fun read. Interesting ideas on paradox explored...I also like how the author gives the actual history of an event, then the "adjusted history" helps connect you to the story.
Lasciato anche prima della metà, a causa della gran confusione che mi ha fatto fare in poche decine di pagine. Il focus nel PoV è fin troppo dettagliato, le allusioni si sprecano e risultano troppo complesse per una lettrice con poca propensione alle trame ritorte come me.
Donald Stevens
Jul 11, 2013 Donald Stevens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He is one of the few modern Sci-Fi authors I have been able to get into. I need to expand my reading habits. Any good suggestions out there?
Tom Knapp
Apr 18, 2014 Tom Knapp rated it it was ok
Good story line but hard to follow. I found it difficult to read whenever Anderson took us into the "Past". Not one of my favorites.
Larry Head
Aug 06, 2012 Larry Head rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with every Poul Anderson book I read, this one was simply fascinating....
Apr 14, 2008 Brett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pseudonym A. A. Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P. Sanders, P. A. Kingsley.

Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous a
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