An undercover Paratimer has disappeared on assignment while in an alternate time line, and it’s up to Verkan Vall of the Paratime Police to save her. To do so, he must infiltrate a universe in which assassination is an honorable profession, and reincarnation a scientific fact. Will Verkan Vall survive in a world of killers and the undead?
This is one of H. Beam Pipers time line traveling para-time stories. The plot is given away in the official blurb.
The story itself is a little slow in getting started, or at least slower than is usual in Pipers stories, but progress' and builds towards a great and exciting end. What more can you want? All in all there is not a lot of sci fi. The time travel is incidental in the story and does not feature, the weapons and tech are meerly incidental. What it does feature is an investigation into the behaviour of a society where reincarnation is a fact and assassination is common thing and death nothing to be feared.
The reader is Mark Douglas Nelson who is an excellent reader. He's done an outstanding job in reading this story.
Total Score 7/9
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