Miniature people, approximately six inches in height....In 18th century London, Dr. Lemuel Gulliver's tale of encountering little people after being shipwrecked on an island are dismissed as the drunken ravings of a madman by everyone save the eccentric author, Jonathan Swift, and an observer from the Temporal Intelligence Agency, who is alarmed by Gulliver's description of their weapons. The obviously traumatized surgeon has accurately described miniaturized versions of military ordnance that will not exist for over a thousand years."Dr. Gulliver described, in great detail, some of the weapons used by these little people, or 'lilliputians', as his companion, Mr. Swift, referred to them," the TIA observer wrote in his report. "From the lucid description of these miniature weapons and their function, they were unquestionably miniature lasers and autopulsers. From the description of their uniforms and tactics, these so-called 'lilliputians' sounded exactly like modern commandos, only on an incredible, miniature scale."Killed before he could finish his report, the agent's last act was to transport Dr. Gulliver to the 27th century, where the astonished surgeon was confronted with the wonders of the future, and the Time Commandos were confronted with a new and highly dangerous threat - an army of bioengineered hominoids from a parallel universe, no more than six or seven inches tall, armed with lasers, plasma weapons, and jet packs ...and the ability to travel through time.
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The Lilliput Legion (Time Wars Series #9) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Book 9 in the Time wars series is lacking the brilliant characterisations that so distinguished some of the earlier titles. In fact, there is very little characterisation and the people mean almost nothing, even the main characters. I almost suspect that it was severely edited to maintain a uniform book length. It is still an interesting read, but not the delight of, say The Dracula caper. All the way through it just feels as though something important is missing, which is a real shame. The most interesting part occurrs right at the very end, which again makes me wonder if the real problem is in editing. Let's hope that in book 10 he is able to be brilliant and concise at the same time!
Book 9 of the Time Wars series is kind of weak. In addition to the cross-dimensional war and the recurring bad guy who has been wreaking havoc in the series, the Temporal Corps now has to deal with a trans-temporal mafia. Basically, General Forrester, the leader of the Corps, who has assumed leadership of the Temporal Intelligence Agency, has discovered a group within that organization called "The Network". The Network is involved in all sorts of illegal activities and Gen. Forrester tries to shut them down. The Network attempts to retaliate using infiltration, deadly weapons and six-inch commandos called, you guessed it, Lilliputians. That, and a gent named Lemuel Gulliver, are the only elements common to Swift's classic book. Instead you get lots of gun fights, explosions and some ongoing story development. Oh, well, nobody bats a thousand. The book isn't horrible, but really isn't the best of waiting room material either.--J.