The Time Traders (Time Traders / Ross Murdock #1)
Intelligence agents have uncovered something which seems beyond belief, but the evidence is incontrovertible: the USAs greatest adversary on the world stage is sending its agents back through time! And someone or something unknown to our history is presenting them with technologies -- and weapons -- far beyond our most advanced science. We have...more
I loved the characters, I loved the story, I loved the imagery. When we were really exhausted from a long day outdoors, my brother James would say "The red jelly! We need the red jelly!" And of course we'd know exactly what he meant.
I haven't read it for years. I wonder how it would hold up.
P.S. I ...more
On the surface, it’s a template story about time traveling Americans and Russians trying to find ways to control the future by traveling back into the past. Beneath all that, it’s a pretty bitter (and subtle - maybe too subtle at times) indictment of unchecked nationalism.
Norton plays up the isolation between characters (her main ch ...more
The mechanics and complications of time travel aren't explo ...more
For the most part, Ross had very little personality of his own ...more
The Cold War escalates when Western forces discover that the Reds may be using time travel to access alien technology from artifacts located in the indeterminate past. Ross Murdock is a criminal with a special skill set, captured and volunteered for a trip back in time in the hopes of finding the location of the Red base and with it the source of this alien technology.
This is time travel in its purest adventure form with the focus on the destination, not the technology used to get the character ...more
Anachronisms abound, unsurprisingly. The (anti?)hero expects to see black-and-white tv. The (vague and undefined) Soviet Union has changed, as has the West--but it's not really clear how. Attempts at space travel are defined as unsuccessful, after a promising (threatening?) start. No real ecological information is included (for example, a base under Arctic ice i ...more
Here we have something stirring around the time of the Cold Wars, with the Russians and their allies getting weapons that they couldn't have invented; and when Ross Murdock traces them back in time with Ashe - his partner and mentor in the program - they find a ship that crashed a very, very long time ago. Andre Norton is always vague about the details in just such a way that I think her "Baldies" ...more
I think my main problem was that even though it's set roughly 60+ years int ...more
Ross Murdock just can’t follow the rules, so he keeps getting in trouble with the law. He’s arrogant, rebellious, independent, smart, competent, and proud. That makes him the perfect recruit for the government’s secret Time Traders program, so when they offer Ross the option to either join up or go to jail, he doesn’t have much choice. Ross has no idea what’s going on with his new job, but he figures he’ll be able to escape. That turns out to be a lot harder than he e ...more
This is the first of the Ross Murdoch books. Ross is a street-wise petty criminal, young and defiant, but very resourceful. He is given a choice, face the music in court or "volunteer" for some unspecified project. This is the ...more
It's a sci-fi action hero adventure, pure and simple. There is no philosophical message, no metaphorical devices - and, come to think of it, there isn't a lot o ...more