Review - Stealing Some Time, Volume 2
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I read the first volume of Stealing Some Time in print several years ago, well before the ebook era. I liked it enough to want the read the second volume, but by the time I got around to wanting to order it, the book had gone out of print. Fortunately, the book was re-issued in both print and ebook, so I've now finally be able to download Volume 2 for a read. The only problem is that I've forgotten most of the details for the first book, although I do remember the broad outline of the story. So, for both our benefit, here's a summary of Volume 1, from the author's web site:
It is 2477 CE. Much of the world has long since become desert due to the unchecked use of fossil fuels in centuries past. But the world of the 25th century is an advanced one, where technology rules, where ruthless leaders have the upper hand, and where water is the limiting factor for all of civilization. Eighteen-year old Kallen Deshara is entering his obligatory 5-year stint in the North American Allianceâ€™s Air Defense Force. While in boot camp, Kallen comes to terms with the fact that heâ€™s gay. He even finds his first gay relationship with a fellow graduate recruit, but is dumped shortly thereafter. While nursing his wounds, he finds his second relationship in a fellow student while in the ADFâ€™s Schools Division. After being dumped again, Kallen is shipped off to his first duty station in the mountains at the edge of North Americaâ€™s Great Central Desert. There, Kallen becomes a force to be reckoned with as his natural talent in photronics, the 25th century form of software, comes to the fore. Another relationship follows. This time with an officer. But it falls short again. When called to Central Security, heâ€™s sure heâ€™s walking into a court-martial due to finally being found out. Instead, he finds that heâ€™s been called for a secret mission to 1820. Time travel! He and his team have been called to rectify a problem caused by the very device that opened the portal to the past. Not expecting more than to do his duty, Kallen isnâ€™t prepared for what awaits him.
Posted in Book Reviews on June 2, 2012