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Against the Tide of Years by S. M. Stirling

Against the Tide of Years

by S. M. Stirling

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Both sides are advancing their weaponry and war starts. Ian does come face to face with Walker. I can understand how it would be annoying to some to introduce a character just so that you can kill them within that chapter. Isketrol sends a fleet to Nantucket and they kick butt but it wasn't easy. Should be interesting how he wraps up this trilogy. ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
Very interesting! I really enjoy post-apocalyptic and alternate-history fiction, and I like early history as well. This one is a little of all-of-the-above. The storyline is absorbing and interesting; the action takes place in several locales. I find it interesting to contemplate how history as we know it would be re-written as a result of the actions of the characters. I previously read the first book in this series (Island in the Sea of Time) and look forward to the third one in this trilogy. I enjoy it enough to have committed to the other series from this author as well. ( )
  CarolineNH | May 22, 2015 |
Good book. Sometimes the details become tedius. The continuation from book one with all the same characters gives a broader view of who these people are. ( )
  NicoleSmith | Aug 14, 2013 |
The second book of the Nantucket series picks up a couple years after the first book, though there are bits and pieces set during the intervening years as well. The Nantucketers have spread further around the globe with numerous bases in North and Central America as well as the British Isles, South Africa and the western Indian Ocean.

After the events in book one Walker has established himself firmly in ancient Greece where he is building an empire. It is up to the Nantucketers to find and recruit willing allies to help bring him down.

As this is the middle book of the series it does suffer a lot from being used to set up the final book. Due to the circumstances there is little exlporation and the book is mostly focused on building relations and an army in the Middle East. At times it can get rather detailed, and some might say boring. But it's all necessary for the final confrontation brewing for book 3.

I can't wait to get into the last book though I really hope it goes a bit further than this war as I really want to know what happens centuries later, how the world has fared.

Overall a good book in a hard place. The middle book is generally always the weakest but it's done a good job here. ( )
  Shirezu | Mar 31, 2013 |
This is the second book in the Nantucket series. The Islanders of Nantucket found themselves, in March 1998, without explanation, back in the world of 1250 BC. They were forced become self-reliant and sought out others in the world with whom they could trade for food and materials needed. One of their own left and has established himself King in foreign lands using weaponry stolen. He remains a real threat and there is concern he will return with an army to take Nantucket. Read how they develop an army, war ships, weaponry and flying machines as well as an airship. The defense of Nantucket under attack from a foreign army. ( )
  DocWalt10 | Dec 19, 2011 |
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To Marjorie Totterdale Stirling,
1920 - 1997. Ave Atque Vale.
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Since the Event, everything has changed. (Prologue)
March, Year 8 A.E.
(June, Year 2 A.E.)

"Get that God-damned moa under control!"
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451457439, Mass Market Paperback)

In Stirling's bestselling Island in the Sea of Time, modern Nantucket found itself trapped in the Bronze Age. In the sequel, Against the Tide of Years, the renegade William Walker forges a dangerous alliance with the ancient Greek kings Agamemnon and Odysseus; Commodore Marian Alston faces terrible sea storms and cannon-armed Phoenician ships in an anachronistic Age of Sail; and the outnumbered Nantucketers race Walker to make contact with the Babylonian Empire.

Of course this ambitious, action-packed series is perfect for time-travel, alternate-history, and military-SF fans. But epic-fantasy readers, Burroughs and Haggard fans desiring a modern update of the lost-civilization adventure novel, and anyone who ever read Patrick O'Brian for the terrific sea-battles will enjoy it as well. --Cynthia Ward

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The island of Nantucket was swept by a cosmic disaster into the year 1250 B.C. The new Republic of Nantucket is now threatened by renegade Coast Guard officer William Walker, who is making alliances with the Trojan War heroes Agamemnon and Odysseus. The Republic and Walker deal with Bronze Age Greece, Phoenicia, and Babylonia, ancient regimes changed by the modern technology the time travelers introduced.… (more)

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