Gunpowder Empire

Gunpowder Empire

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Baker & Taylor
Coming of age during the late twenty-first century, Jeremy Solter travels into alternate timelines in order to work alongside his family at the frontier of the Roman Empire and is separated from his parents when the time gateways stop working, trapping Jeremy and other young people in the path of a Lietuvan invasion. 40,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
Jeremy Solter is a teenager growing up in the late 21st century. During the school year, his family lives in Southern California--but during the summer the whole family lives and works on the frontier of the Roman Empire. Not the Roman Empire that fell centuries ago, but a Roman Empire that never fell: a parallel timeline, one of an infinity of possible worlds.
For in our timeline, we now have the technology to move among these. Some are uninhabitable; some are ghastly, such as the one where Germany won World War II. But many are full of resources and raw materials that our world can use. So we send traders and
businesspeople--but to keep the secret of crosstime traffic to ourselves, these traders are trained, in whole-family groups, to pass as natives.

But when Jeremy's mother gets sick--really sick, the kind you can't cure with antibiotics. Both parents duck out through the gateway for a quick visit to the doctor. But while they're gone, the gateways stop working. So do the communications links to their home timeline. The kids are on their own, and things are looking bad. The Lietuvans are invading. The city is besieged. The kids are doing their best to carry on business and act like everything's normal, but there's only so much you can do when cannonballs are crashing through your roof.
And in the meantime, the city government has gotten suspicious, and is demanding a *full* report on how their family does business, where they get their superior merchandise, why they want all that wheat ...exactly the questions they don't want to answer.

The launch of an exciting new series of parallel-world adventure from "the modern master of alternate history" (Publishers Weekly)


Blackwell North Amer
Jeremy Solters is a teenager growing up in the late twenty-first century. During the school year, his family lives in Southern California - but during the summer the whole family lives and works on the frontier of the Roman Empire. Not the Roman Empire that fell centuries ago, but a Roman Empire that never fell: a parallel timeline, one of an infinity of possible worlds.
For in our timeline, we now have the technology to move among these worlds. Some are uninhabitable; some are ghastly, such as the one where Germany won World War II. But many are full of resources that our world can use. So we send traders and businesspeople - but to keep the secret of Crosstime Traffic to ourselves, these traders are trained, in whole-family groups, to pass as natives.
It's a lot of work, especially since they're not willing to own slaves like everyone else in this version of Rome. And they spend a lot of time dealing with the local rules and regulations, where unofficial clout matters as much as official status and almost as much as money. Still, most of the time it's reasonably easy for the family to do good business, trading multigadget pocketknives and elaborate windup pocket watches for wheat.
Then Jeremy's mother gets sick - really sick, the kind you can't cure with antibiotics. Both parents duck out through the gateway for a quick visit to the doctor. But while they're gone, the gateway stops working. So do the communications links to their home timeline. Jeremy and his sister are on their own, the Lietuvans are invading, the city is besieged, and there's only so much you can do when cannonballs are crashing through your roof.

Baker
& Taylor

In the late twenty-first century, Jeremy Solter travels into alternate timelines in order to work alongside his family at the frontier of the Roman Empire, and is separated from his parents when the time gateways stop working.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765306937
076530693X
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 22 cm

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Jun 03, 2010

This a YA; it's a thinly dramatised history lesson in which (to my taste) each moral and social message is spelled out in a bit too much detail and repeated once or twice too often.

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