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Present Tense

(The Great Game #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  536 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A masterful world-builder and award-winning fantasist nonpareil, DAVE DUNCAN carries us through the hidden portals that link two war-wounded worlds...into a miraculous realm where mortals become gods.


In the midst of the horror of the first World War, a stranger falls from nowhere into the mud and death of the Flanders battlefield--bruised, babblin

Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Avon Books (Mm) (first published 1996)
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This installment in the series was Kind of like a long road trip from the west coast where exciting stuff happens in California and then in Nevada or Arizona or Colorado and then eventually you get to someplace that's all grasslands and strip malls / I will be heading on to book three but there were some doldrums here in book two for me.
Simon Mcleish
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Originally published on my blog here in January 2000.

One of the reviews of the first novel from The Great Game sequence, quoted on the cover of this, the second, describes it as the most significant fantasy novel of the decade. While it is good, and attempts something rather unusual, I don't feel that it is that good. (mind you, I can't think of many fantasy novels from the nineties that I would describe as particularly significant.) Present Tense shares both the strengths and flaws of Past Impe
Sean Randall
Mar 11, 2010 rated it liked it
so, we take up some years after the conclusion of the first book in this trilogy, luckily all the familiar characters (at least from our side of the iron curtain, as it were, are still present). This book has much more of an anticipatory feel about it, though, because we've already got so much stuff going on from the first one.

"He plays his part in history and walks away to die."

Things aren't quite that dramatic. not yet, at least. the story of Edward's times Next Door are fascinating stuff, all
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this quite a bit more than the first book in the series. If the first book did nothing but introduce the players and set up the board, this books shows us the opening moves in the Great Game of the series' title. It will be interesting to see where the last one goes.
Ron Judenberg
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aditya /
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
not as good as the first one which I loved. I am now on the third one in the series and it is better than the second but still not as good as the first
A series that sets up an engaging atmosphere and then throws it away.
Steve Markham
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Not a bad second in the series it must be said. Takes us to 1917 and England for a while. Fills in the three years nicely and has rather a good end to it. If I could give 3.5 I would but...
Adrem Kay
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science fiction/fantasy readers
Please see my review for the third book, Future Indefinite, where I review all three books.
Mar 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I checked all three out from the Omaha library. Such an interesting story line if you like fantasy.
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Originally from Scotland, Dave Duncan lived all his adult life in Western Canada, having enjoyed a long career as a petroleum geologist before taking up writing. Since discovering that imaginary worlds were more satisfying than the real one, he published more than 60 novels, mostly in the fantasy genre, but also young adult, science fiction, and historical.

He wrote at times under the pseudonym Sa

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The Great Game (3 books)
  • Past Imperative (The Great Game, #1)
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