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The Gordian Protocol

av David Weber, Jacob Holo

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Serier: Gordian Series (1)

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978282,797 (3.68)7
"Doctor Benjamin Schroder was a history teacher until a psychotic episode turned his world upside down. Benjamin now had memories, not just of his own life, but of an entire ghastly world where millions of civilians had been systematically slaughtered in 'extermination camps,' there is still a Soviet Union, the Korean Peninsula is divided, thousands of nuclear warheads spread their threat across Earth and the Middle East was a festering sore of bloodshed, fanaticism and terrorism. Then a lunatic named Raibert Kaminski knocks on his door one afternoon with an impossible story of alternate realities, time travel, temporal knots and dozen of doomed universes that will die if the temporal storm front rushing towards the distant future isn't stopped. Of course he has to be lying--or completely insane. But what if he's not a madman after all? What if he's actually telling the truth?"--… (mer)
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This book came out in 2019 so I am puzzled as to why it crossed my attention now, 5 years later. I gather it originally came out as a stand-alone novel but now there are three sequels. I'm not so enamored with this book to want to follow up with the rest of the books but it was interesting enough while I was reading it.

In the thirtieth century time travel is common enough that historians can go back in time to observe the actual occurrence, instead of reading articles and books written after the fact. Dr. Raibert Kaminski has been attached to Julius Caesar's command for nine months but he is now on his way back to the 30th century in his ship Kleio. He is accompanied by his friend, Philosophus, who is an AI. Kaminski and all the other time-travellers have been assured that they can't change the past by anything they do when they are in another time. Unfortunately, that isn't true, as Kaminski, Kleio and Philo discover when they try to return home. A huge chronoton storm was caused by an entangling of 16 timelines some time in the 20th century. The storm damaged their ship and knocked them out of non-congruent space into the Libyan desert in 1986. Even when they fixed the ship and managed to jump back to the 30th century it wasn't their timeline they landed in. The timeline they are in is governed by an entitiy called Admin and they don't look kindly at strangers arriving with hardware that uses technology they have outlawed. Kaminski is taken prisoner but Philo and Kleio are able to extract him and flee back in time. The Admin is hot on their heels though because Kaminski proposes to unentangle the timelines which would erase theirs. In order to undentangle the knot Kaminski et al. have to find the specific occurrence that caused all the entanglement. Without elaborating why they need a historian from the 21st century they extract Dr. Benjamin Schroder and his fiancee (and former air force pilot) Elzbieta Abramowski to go back to World War II. In Schroder's timeline Hitler was assassinated in 1940 and that is believed to be the cause of the entanglement. Many fights between Kleio and the Admin's time machines ensue. Since there are sequels to this book, it's not much of a spoiler to say that our heroes are successful.

The authors don't appear to have military training but they seem to be quite enamored of fighting both in the air and on the ground. I suspect they may spend a fair bit of time gaming. That's not really my thing but for those who like it, this book and its sequels may be just what you are looking for. ( )
  gypsysmom | May 31, 2024 |
Originally billed as a new standalone novel from David Weber, The Gordian Protocol, coauthored by Jacob Holo, has since spawned four sequels. Weber knows you should never let a good universe go to waste. We begin with Benjamin Schröder, a history professor living in a timeline in which the Second World War Pacific Allies invaded Vladivostok to meet up with their German friends. His peaceful life is disrupted by apparently psychotic episodes in which he envisions other outcomes for the war. Then, he meets a time traveler from the far future who recruits him to help untie a knot in the timelines. Is it OK to destroy one universe to save fifteen others? It may depend on who asks or who has the time machine with the biggest guns. (It is a David Weber story, after all.) With more than a dozen timelines to play with and a bunch of high-tech weapons, is it any wonder that Weber and Holo kept the Gordian universe alive? ( )
  Tom-e | Mar 13, 2024 |
Some interesting new ideas in time travel concepts, but doesn't hold so well together from a plotline point of view. not sure I will continue this series even if it's about time travel and includes Weber in the writing team. ( )
  Guide2 | Aug 8, 2022 |
Weber and Holo serve up a virtual feast of timely conundrums, plot twists, and side relishes for the SF connoisseur!

As the opening dish to what is sure to be upcoming courses, The Gordian Protocol is replete with enough food for thought at many levels. From multiverse time travel to the ethics and morality of collecting ancient artifacts--let alone virtual existence--it is packed to bursting with non-stop physical and mental action.
I read this in nearly one reading and enjoyed every bit of the feast. You do need to pace the reading as the action scenes carry you along quickly, but then you have to slow down to digest the meat of this timeline twists and turns. I have noted some complaints that there are too many unneeded asides, but like condiments, they provide needed pauses and flavour to the final meal.
Reading this is a rich and satisfying read and I am hungry for more!
Well done Chef Weber and Sou Chef Holo! ( )
  AmishTechie | Mar 16, 2021 |
Very interesting story, though there's an awful lot of convenient coincidence happening. A society has time travel, and has determined that when they make any changes in the past it just heals up, "instantly" - if they leave and go back everything is the way it was before. So they very cleverly decide to rescue all the lost treasure of the past...and do so as bloodily and destructively as they like, because it just goes away. Then the timelines they've been screwing with finally break, and in a time storm tangle themselves into a Gordian knot - and if they're not straightened out pretty quickly, all sixteen universes involved are going poof. Not only not be, but have never been. One poor time traveler, an iconoclast anyway, happens to be in flight when the Knot forms....so it's up to him (and his two non-biological companions - one AI (very limited) and one computer-based person (no more limited than any other person)) to solve this. He goes back home to the 30th century...except it's not his timeline that he ends up in, and the one he does end up in is a lot more restrictive. All of this is really good, really rich. And I found Ben - all the Bens - very interesting people. But Kleio...on his own, or with Philo, he's a quite decent character - but any time he's interacting with Ben and other 20th/21st century folks he becomes unbearably perky (and apparently incapable of understanding that not everyone has shared his experiences). I don't know what's up with that characterization. I didn't like the end - Ben gets everything, happy ever after - and happily abandons his plans for the university (I was looking forward to that faculty party!). I suppose he can come back and start from a second after he left...but it seems unlikely. I don't know. I do plan to read the second book; I want to see what happens. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Nov 12, 2020 |
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"Doctor Benjamin Schroder was a history teacher until a psychotic episode turned his world upside down. Benjamin now had memories, not just of his own life, but of an entire ghastly world where millions of civilians had been systematically slaughtered in 'extermination camps,' there is still a Soviet Union, the Korean Peninsula is divided, thousands of nuclear warheads spread their threat across Earth and the Middle East was a festering sore of bloodshed, fanaticism and terrorism. Then a lunatic named Raibert Kaminski knocks on his door one afternoon with an impossible story of alternate realities, time travel, temporal knots and dozen of doomed universes that will die if the temporal storm front rushing towards the distant future isn't stopped. Of course he has to be lying--or completely insane. But what if he's not a madman after all? What if he's actually telling the truth?"--

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