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Queen of the Nile ... or cross-time terrorist?"I see violent death in your future," Lucan said. "There will be portents and warnings. You must not ignore them. For if you do, I see the image of your body bleeding, pierced with many wounds. You will not fall in battle, but at the hands of those you think your friends. Beware the Ides of March, Caesar. Beware the names of Casca, Brutus, Cassius, Cimber ...." Ancient Rome, the Eternal City, was always full of intrigues and conspiracies, but agents from a parallel universe have introduced a new element of treachery - a plot to prevent Julius Caesar's murder and change the course of history. But is Caesar's mistress, the seductive Queen of Egypt, their unwitting pawn ... or is she their cunning leader? The Time Commandos travel back to ancient Rome to unravel the mystery of a strange prophecy, one that not only foretells the day of Caesar's murder, but also the exact manner of his death and even the names of his assassins.Only with the timelines of two parallel universes intersecting, are any of the players really who they seem?
The Cleopatra Crisis (Time Wars Series #11) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This is a very strange book. Unlike the others, it takes more than half the book for the action to begin. The first half of the book reads rather more like a stolid history lecture than a novel. And rather than providing wonderful character studies, the narrative is bogged down in local detail that somehow avoids an immersion effect and instead becomes more of a textbook. And weirdly, comparisons are frequently made to "modern day" equivalents in order to illustrate a point. The only trouble is, the "modern day" seems to be, not "Plus Time" but the time when the actual book was written. "Modern day" is meant to be contemporary with the reader, thus creating a jarring anomaly in the narrative. It almost seems like a different writer, with Simon Hawke coming in for the action.On the positive side, here's a whole book with no Drakov! Drakov might be an interesting character, but watching him do ever more mad things book after book becomes somewhat tiresome after a while. Perhaps Hawke realised this, and Cleopatra makes a pleasant change of pace.The other really interesting aspect of the book is the story progression. It is now clear that the series really did always have a story arc, and did not simply peter out after 12 titles. There are interesting new developments as well as some unstated but fascinating questions raised. Despite the lamentable overall reduction of quality as the series draws towards its conclusion, it is now clear that it is definitely worth reading the final title, to find out the answer to life, the universe and everything!
In book 11 of the Time Wars series, Mr. Hawke gets his act together. The story starts on the outskirts of Rome, 49 B.C.E. The night before Julius Caeser's march on Rome, an oracle comes and warns him of his assassination--awaiting him five years in the future--and names his assassins. Caeser is impressed, but not as much as his aide Lucius, who is really a deep cover agent of the Temporal Corps. Lucius contacts TAC headquarters and the Time Commandos are sent back to investigate. They have the unpleasant task of flushing out the enemy agents and ensuring that the charismatic dictator of Rome meets his doom. While The Cleopatra Crisis is not the best in the series, but it's a definite improvement from past efforts. Like the more recent novels in the series, it's based on history rather than a literary work. Even better, a certain recurring villian is absent, giving Mr. Hawke a chance to introduce us to some new bad guys as well as the politics and culture of ancient Rome. It's a book I would definitely recommend checking out.--J.