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Time travel wasn't just fun and adventure. Major Lucas Priest, a veteran of the Time Wars, was aware of the danger of operating in Minus Time. One false move, and the course of history is changed with incalculable consequences. Now Lucas is faced with the greatest challenge of his career: to readjust the events of the French Revolution and correct the blunder made by an age Time travel wasn't just fun and adventure. Major Lucas Priest, a veteran of the Time Wars, was aware of the danger of operating in Minus Time. One false move, and the course of history is changed with incalculable consequences. Now Lucas is faced with the greatest challenge of his career: to readjust the events of the French Revolution and correct the blunder made by an agent of the Temporal Corps. Alex Corderro, in his first hitch in Minus Time, had caused the death of Sir Percy Blakeney, the English aristocrat who played a key role in saving French royalists from the guillotine. Someone had to impersonate Blakeney and carry out his task. Easier said than done. Especially since the much-feared Mongoose, that great saboteur and double agent from the 27th century, was on the loose again. And Mongoose had other ideas of how history should proceed . . .


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Time travel wasn't just fun and adventure. Major Lucas Priest, a veteran of the Time Wars, was aware of the danger of operating in Minus Time. One false move, and the course of history is changed with incalculable consequences. Now Lucas is faced with the greatest challenge of his career: to readjust the events of the French Revolution and correct the blunder made by an age Time travel wasn't just fun and adventure. Major Lucas Priest, a veteran of the Time Wars, was aware of the danger of operating in Minus Time. One false move, and the course of history is changed with incalculable consequences. Now Lucas is faced with the greatest challenge of his career: to readjust the events of the French Revolution and correct the blunder made by an agent of the Temporal Corps. Alex Corderro, in his first hitch in Minus Time, had caused the death of Sir Percy Blakeney, the English aristocrat who played a key role in saving French royalists from the guillotine. Someone had to impersonate Blakeney and carry out his task. Easier said than done. Especially since the much-feared Mongoose, that great saboteur and double agent from the 27th century, was on the loose again. And Mongoose had other ideas of how history should proceed . . .

30 review for The Pimpernel Plot

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lexxi Kitty

    This is my . . . well; I’m not actually sure how many books I’ve read by Simon Hawke. Both because he is someone who I’d first read long long ago, and because I’ve never actually included everything I’ve read by him on here. Like, did I read his The Romulan Prize? I don’t have it marked on here as read, and I probably didn’t since it is a Star Trek: The Next Generation book and I’d read few of those. Still, maybe I read it at some point. I do know that I’ve read at least 19 books by Hawke, inclu This is my . . . well; I’m not actually sure how many books I’ve read by Simon Hawke. Both because he is someone who I’d first read long long ago, and because I’ve never actually included everything I’ve read by him on here. Like, did I read his The Romulan Prize? I don’t have it marked on here as read, and I probably didn’t since it is a Star Trek: The Next Generation book and I’d read few of those. Still, maybe I read it at some point. I do know that I’ve read at least 19 books by Hawke, including this book here, since I’ve marked . . . well, 17 books as read (one is a collection of three novels). So, this book is, at the very least, the 19th book I’ve read by Hawke. Most of those books, with the exception of The Shade Trilogy and the prior two books in the TimeWars series were read in the 1990s and very early 2000s. I like the concept of the TimeWars books – at least in terms of having a mixture of science fiction and history seen through the lens of people from the 27th century (for the most part) doing ‘stuff’ back in time. I say that I like the concept, instead of using different language, because I am not always happy with the execution. To a certain extent. Maybe I’m just not happy with the tidbits of 27th century that dribble in and maybe because I don’t particularly like either the time agency that the main characters work for or the main characters. Well, I kind of like Andre, so far, and Lucas Priest is bearable. He’s kind of bland. Don’t particularly like Finn though. He’s like a boy in the body of a man who is around 120 years of age (anti-aging drugs keep him from, you know, dying of old age. Or looking old). Or, more accurately, he’s like the caricature of a boy in the body of a man (or, to put that into different words – a man who refuses to grow up.) I’ve noticed it before, I noticed it in ‘The Pimpernel Plot’, and I noticed it in the current book I’m reading, the next book in the series after ‘The Pimpernel Plot’ – I’m not sure if it is part of the plan of the author’s, I kind of get a hint that it is part of his plan, but the people and politics fighting ‘on the other side’ of these TimeWars seem to be a much better group of people, with logic and reason on their side. Both, in this specific books case, Mongoose, and the people Mongoose were fighting (Cobra and the rest) (view spoiler)[Cobra and the rest were fighting to maintain their own history, their own timeline, a logical and reasonable thing to do, no? Mongoose was fighting both fighting for his own timeline and, maybe indirectly, maybe directly, against the corruption inherent in his own timeline. (hide spoiler)] Delaney, Priest, and the rest are attempting to keep their own timeline from splintering by ‘making sure history goes the right way’ while at the same time, more seen in the beginnings of the next book (view spoiler)[having no real problem with the corruption inherent in the system. Apparently. At least in terms of helping, by breaking the rules, their boss have some prizes for his collection like, say, a specific sword, or gun, or etc. (hide spoiler)] . In this specific book, that ‘making sure history goes the right way’ involves the time and events of the French Revolution. During said revolution many people meet their deaths; many of whom were aristocrats. In the original official timeline, there was an agent from England who helped some aristocrats get to freedom in England. He went by the name of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Well, as luck, or the like, would have it, the people of the 27th century have decided that the best way to engage in disputes, to resolve disputes, is to send people back in time and inject them into certain situations. I’m not exactly sure how that works, but the point is that people from the 27th century get sent back in time to join armies and the like. Well, as might be expected from something like this, someone from the 27th century got sent back in time to the French Revolution. He watched people be beheaded and was sickened. When the crowd moved off to stare at the exit point, at the gate to leave Paris, that 27th century person got carried along. To witness the guards stop suspected and actual aristocrats attempting to flee. Upon learning that a family, with children, had escaped through the gate, the guards get ready to give chase. The person from the 27th century snaps and attacks. Killing or wounding several guards, and some innocent bystanders. One such innocent bystander was the man who was supposed to become the Scarlet Pimpernel. But he’s dead now. (by the way, this is one of the other things one of the ‘other side’ people are fighting – they are fighting against the timewars, no the timewars are not wars between different timelines or the like, it’s wars fought by one specific timeline -> say, for example, McDonalds believes that Burger King stole some food item; instead of fighting over it in the 27th century, they would send people back in time and have them fight there. Thereby almost guaranteeing that they fuck themselves by destroying some tiny little aspect that would cause a ripple effect that would morph things beyond comprehension. I like the idea of mixing time travel and history. The idea of the timewars is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard of though; as long as ‘you’ stick strongly to the idea of there being one and only one time line (there are some strong real life theories indicating that no, there are multiple timelines/parallel universes, but whatever). So, getting back to the book, Delaney, Priest, and Andre Cross have been sent back in time to attempt to make sure that the accidental death of the Scarlet Pimpernel doesn’t alter history. They attempt to ‘adjust the disruption’ by putting in one of their own as the Scarlet Pimpernel, in this instance Delaney fills the void. This was/is an interesting book. I, mostly, enjoyed it. There was a strong romance side plot that was going on that I’ve no idea why it was included. I say that because it was stressed, a lot of time was spent on it, but it kind of poofed by the end of the book. There was a certain direction things seemed to be going, certain amount of love was expressed but it kind of got shrugged at without too much fight (view spoiler)[A - ’I can stay! Someone will have to live as the Scarlet Pimpernel once the mission is done. I can be that man. We love each other.’ B – ‘The anti-aging drugs will cause you to age at a different rate of the woman and you are too old now to ‘fix’ that specific issue.’ A – ‘Oh, right, well darn. Guess I’ll go have a beer or something.’ (hide spoiler)] Obviously enough, since I mentioned it in passing, I must have liked the book well enough to dive immediately into the next book in the series. So that’s a plus. Despite some underlying negatives pummeling the book (disliking one of the main characters; ‘the other side’ seemed to be in the right; love plot that went nowhere ((view spoiler)[I might have actually liked Delaney more if he actually had had the balls to stick around and live with the woman who he said he loved, but no, he has no balls (except he does, that's why he keeps going up and down the ranks; so he was out of character here? yes) (hide spoiler)] ; science babble (there was a lot of crap injected in passing to ‘explain’ the time travel stuff. It was annoying and boring). April 6 2016

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jim Razinha

    Update: I read this again three years ago, and tried Orczy's original, but it sat only 25% read. And I stopped re-reading Hawke's series at this point. I've decided that I don't need to read Dumas, and I seriously doubt I'll read Orczy, but I do believe that this time through, I'll make it past #3. I'd forgotten the intrigue Hawke began in this book. Fun, light lit. Re-reading the series has actually inspired me to read the literature it is based on. Plowing my way through Ivanhoe now, and tag-te Update: I read this again three years ago, and tried Orczy's original, but it sat only 25% read. And I stopped re-reading Hawke's series at this point. I've decided that I don't need to read Dumas, and I seriously doubt I'll read Orczy, but I do believe that this time through, I'll make it past #3. I'd forgotten the intrigue Hawke began in this book. Fun, light lit. Re-reading the series has actually inspired me to read the literature it is based on. Plowing my way through Ivanhoe now, and tag-teaming The Scarlet Pimpernel, that tome The Three Musketeers will have to wait!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Wiseman

    The third book in the TimeWars series takes place during the French Revolution and includes the same dramatic action, tantalizing intrigue, and breakneck pace I've grown to love. This one (and the Timekeeper Conspiracy) may be my favorite so far.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Goddess of Chaos

    A different side a Finn Delaney shines through Where Lucas had to go "undercover" as Ivanhoe in the first book in the series , it is Finn's turn to go undercover this time, with Lucas, and their new teammate Andre, backing him up. The rough around the edges, quick to lunch a superior officer in a plus time quarrel Finn that we have come to know and love finds himself in a very different, sometimes frustrating, sometimes emotionally challenging position, and he handles it with grace and wit. This A different side a Finn Delaney shines through Where Lucas had to go "undercover" as Ivanhoe in the first book in the series , it is Finn's turn to go undercover this time, with Lucas, and their new teammate Andre, backing him up. The rough around the edges, quick to lunch a superior officer in a plus time quarrel Finn that we have come to know and love finds himself in a very different, sometimes frustrating, sometimes emotionally challenging position, and he handles it with grace and wit. This book has several fun twists, and a lot of moments that stay with you as a reader, in addition to capturing the flare and energy of the Scarlet Pimpernel.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eldon Callaway

    The Scarlet Pimpernel was always a favorite movie of ours. Setting the story with the character was fun to see happen.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David

    An excellent read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Ok I must apologise I have no idea what happened (although my iMac and I had a major falling out) but it seems my reviews got a bit mixed up. Anyway this I assure you is for the 3rd Time wars book the Pimpernel plot. Now as you realise that you have a book of fiction using a fictitious character as its main plot device. Ok now that has been cleared up you can appreciate when things start to get a little interesting when our time travelling commandos have to improvise when things go a little side Ok I must apologise I have no idea what happened (although my iMac and I had a major falling out) but it seems my reviews got a bit mixed up. Anyway this I assure you is for the 3rd Time wars book the Pimpernel plot. Now as you realise that you have a book of fiction using a fictitious character as its main plot device. Ok now that has been cleared up you can appreciate when things start to get a little interesting when our time travelling commandos have to improvise when things go a little sideways. So what can I say about the storyline - well all I can say that the action is suitable for any of Baroness Orczy's creations, and as for the story arc - its still there simmering away in the back ground.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Snark.Shark

    The first three books of this series all are really great reading. It got less effective in later volumes but these early ones were (still are) majorly fun reads... especially since because they parallel great books like The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Three Mustketeers and Ivanhoe, there's more than just "time travel" but also clever interweaving with the plots of those classic books.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    The entire Time Wars series (there are 13 books in the series), are fantastic. Mr. Hawke blends history and sci-fi, for a remarkable read. Any of the books are great. While there are 13 books, they are in no order, so one can ready any book at any time.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tamer Sadek

    A great series and while the adventure aspects are great its the treatment of temporal physics where the books really excel. Had to read the epilogue to this one about three times to fully understand it all.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gerry Felipe

    A fresh look at the French Revolution.

  12. 5 out of 5

    David Fiore

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  14. 4 out of 5

    Keith Lord

  15. 4 out of 5

    Creed Steiger

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cyric

  17. 4 out of 5

    Warren

  18. 4 out of 5

    Berk

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristine Schierbeck

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tom Piddock

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brian Donadio

  23. 5 out of 5

    T

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dave Barnoske

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sean

  26. 4 out of 5

    Patty

  27. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jon

  29. 4 out of 5

    Will Todd

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mike

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