It's 1901, and Battle Commander Liore has travelled back in time to stop a war that will rage for over a hundred years. But time itself is against her. Whenever she changes history, a new beginning to the war emerges and the world once again teeters on the brink of disaster.
To make matters worse, Barry the Bag has stolen Liore's plasma rifle, the most dangerous weapon in the world. The owner is on his trail, and she doesn't take prisoners.
Can anything prevent Liore from risking the world's future for the sake of revenge?
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Book Review: Changing Yesterday by Sean McMullen - Reviewed by dom (18 Nov 2011)
In Ford Street’s ’07 debut, Before the Storm, we were introduced to BC (Liore) and Fox, two young soldiers from an alternate 21st century who travelled back in time to prevent the bombing of the first Australian parliament and the century of war that would follow. They succeeded, with a little help from Emily, Daniel and con-artist and thief extraordinaire, Barry the Bag. But no sooner had they achieved their objective than an alternate beginning to the Century War came into being. In Changing Yesterday the fight to save the future continues.
The story opens in spectacular style: Our guardians of tomorrow must foil a plot to blow up the heir to the British throne during his Australian tour. Once this task is accomplished, yet another future presents itself. Meanwhile, Barry the Bag is entertaining visions of grandeur: If he can pinch Liore’s plasma lance rifle, the King will surely reward him handsomely. The ever-resourceful Barry does just that and soon finds himself aboard a ship to England. Daniel, too, is aboard the same ship, destined for a posh boarding school. And hot on their tails is battle-ready Liore. Believing she has been betrayed by everyone she trusted (including Fox who is AWOL), Liore is fixing a man-sized helping of revenge.
This is a story rich with action, emotion and humour. McMullen’s characters are superb, particularly Barry the Bag. Despite his thieving ways, I couldn’t help but cheer him on. So, too, Liore is a stroke of genius, with her snipped battle-speak and macho idiosyncrasies. These characters are so incredibly flawed, they are perfect. While the character core of Before the Storm remains intact (with the exceptions of Fox and Muriel who are out of the picture loving it up in France), McMullen has introduced new character Madeline, who fills the role previously held by Daniel’s snooty sister, Emily. A Miss Marple in the making, Madeline adds a fresh perspective to the character dynamic.
Crossing many genres—historical, SF, fantasy, adventure—Changing Yesterday will appeal to more than just die-hard SF fans. The technical aspects aren’t overdone and are easily understood—as are the early 20th century setting and customs. The contrasts drawn throughout this story provide unlimited fodder for classroom discussion.
A leader in Australian Fantasy and SF, McMullen is a multiple award-winning author with fifteen novels and sixty short stories to his name. Find out more at: http://seanmcmullen.net.au/
Book Review: Changing Yesterday by Sean McMullen - Reviewed by lsnowl (11 Jul 2011)
Changing Yesterday by Sean McMullen is a great book, set in the 19th century. It is about a group of 15-17yr olds who try to alter their world so that the war, which will ruin the world, won't happen. Battle Commander Liore is an mature and efficient 15yr old soldier from a hundred years in the future. Her only purpose is to stop the war which will go on for more than a century. She meets and gets helped by various people from the past, and they aid her in stopping the Century War. As they try to stop the events which will cause the century war, they find that time is going in loops; the century war keeps on happening. How can they break the loop, and ensure the success of their quest? The characters in this book are believable, and provide an interesting interaction between eachother. Written in third person, the writer shows us what the characters think, to make them perform the actions. This is a fast-paced, witty novel with a interesting plotline. It is mainly from the science-fiction genre, so readers who enjoy that should read this book. This book is very entertaining, and once picked up, it is almost impossible to put down again.
Sean McMullen is one of Australia's leading SF and fantasy authors, with fifteen books and sixty stories published, for which he has won over a dozen awards. His most recent novels are and The Time Engine (2008), The Iron Warlock (2010) and Before the Storm (2007). In the late 1990s he established himself in the American market, and his work has been translated into Polish, French, Japanese and other languages. The settings for Sean's work range from the Roman Empire, through Medieval Europe, to cities of thedistant future. His work is a mixture of romance, invention and adventure, while populated by dynamic, strange and often hilarious characters.
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