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Poul Anderson’s “Time Patrol” stories fascinated me. But he never fully explained how the new timelines came to be, i.e. not enough history. Later works in this genre tend to dive deep into only one altered timeline, often bogging down with too much history. Having failed to find stories with the right balance, I decided to write my own. This effort comes after having worked as a Customs Inspector and manager (Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Diego); school teacher (History and English); and civilian advisor in Afghanistan. I served in the Marines, have a degree in History from UCLA and live in San Diego. As an author I have to use my middle name (Lee) to avoid being mistaken for my distant relative, Col. Rex Applegate (1914-1998) who is famous among people interested in hand-to-hand combat techniques.
on July 26, 2013 :
The idea of time traveling is not new but Rex Applegate has made it fun and interesting by mixing true historical facts and people - George Washington, King George I, Winston Churchill, Cardinal Richelieu and others - with fictional events. Harry, the main character, is a historian and high school history teacher; he is a smart young man with a fine sense of humor, and a love for the pretty ladies. Throughout this story Harry makes us see what could happen or not due the action or inaction of an individual - the domino effect. I enjoyed this novel plus improved my knowledge of warfare in early America and other interesting European historical facts. Good job Rex!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)