by R Kyle Hannah
During the late 80s and early 90s there were two television series that I found I enjoyed a lot. Quantum Leap where scientist Sam Beckett keeps getting bounced around in time to correct things that have gone off track and Time Trax which followed a time cop name Darien Lambert around as he retrieved criminals who had escaped into the past to make their fortunes or just plain act psychotic.
Time Assassins goes about the timeline business from a darker angle and also seems to delve into the type of storytelling prevalent in the Watchmen. An assassins guild in the twenty-third century takes in applicants much like the old Shaolin Monks did in the Kung Fu series with David Caradine. The apprentices, if accepted, progress through years of study to become assassins or support staff that travel through time to tweak history by removing pivotal decision makers.
This describes the environment that the reader finds themselves coming to terms with as drama and action unfold. There is romance, rogue operators, a secretive council that is answerable to no one entity and a very rich man who feels the world is his to do with as he pleases.
I enjoyed this excellent adventure which spans a large chunk of history and explore many might have-beens. This would be a good book for age thirteen and up.