Department of Temporal Investigations: Watching the Clock
By Christopher L. Bennett
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There’s likely no more of a thankless job in the Federation than temporal investigation. While starship explorers get to live the human adventure of traveling to other times and realities, it’s up to the dedicated agents of the Federation Department of Temporal Investigations to deal with the consequences to the timestream that the rest of the Galaxy has to live with day by day. But when history as we know it could be wiped out at any moment by time warriors from the future, misused relics of ancient races, or accident-prone starships, only the most disciplined, obsessive, and unimaginative government employees have what it takes to face the existential uncertainty of it all on a daily basis . . . and still stay sane enough to complete their assignments.
That’s where Agents Lucsly and Dulmur come in—stalwart and unflappable, these men are the Federation’s unsung anchors in a chaotic universe. Together with their colleagues in the DTI—and with the help and sometimes hindrance of Starfleet’s finest—they do what they can to keep the timestream, or at least the paperwork, as neat and orderly as they are. But when a series of escalating temporal incursions threatens to open a new front of the history-spanning Temporal Cold War in the twenty-fourth century, Agents Lucsly and Dulmur will need all their investigative skill and unbending determination to stop those who wish to rewrite the past for their own advantage, and to keep the present and the future from devolving into the kind of chaos they really, really hate.
A refreshing story that takes on several angles of stories we've already seen and read, that introduces plenty of enriching original elements to a promising new perspective from which to read about Star Trek. This book has it all, and was a joy to read if only for the mental feathers it kept ruffling! Job very well done!!
If you've been a follower of all things Star Trek over the decades (all the TV series, movies and books), then this book is for you. This expansive story somehow manages to include concepts from dozens of storylines, including many of our favorite characters, and many lesser-considered characters who turn out to be much more significant than they originally seemed. Definitely a great read for the Star Trek aficionado. Highly recommended. Well done!!
Temporal Physics Hurt
I can't say this book didn't make my head hurt at times while I tried to comprehend the temporal physics theories and how they affected the plot and actions of the characters. The Temporal Prime Directive being more of a pain than the regular Starfleet issued one but it was quite enjoyable none the less. I hope for more in the DTI vein.
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- Category: Adventure
- Updated: Apr 26, 2011
- Print Length: 512 Pages
- Language: English
- Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
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