Special operations officer Jason Thanou of the Temporal Regulatory Authority must once again plunge into Earth’s blood‑drenched past to combat the plots of the Transhumanist underground to subvert that past and create a secret history leading up to the fulfillment of their mad dream of transforming humanity into a race of gods and monsters.
The transhumanists are attempting to use the chaos of the American Civil War to escape the Observer Effect: the immutable law that recorded history cannot be changed. If any should attempt it, time has a way of dealing with those transgressors in a very brutal, very final fashion. Now it is the last days of the Confederacy, and the Fall of Richmond looms. In the Shenandoah Valley, in the region later known as Mosby’s Confederacy, insurgency brews, and the time travelers must join the raiders to prevent a transhumanist trap from dooming the mission from the start.
Yet human freedom is ultimately on the line in both the past and the future, and the leader of a secret slave underground fighting for liberty possesses an incredible secret that may change Jason’s fate—and that of the future itself—forever.
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The fourth installment of the Jason Thanou series picks up shortly after the events of Pirates of the Timestream, with Temporal Regulatory Authority agent Thanou dispatched to the waning days of the American Civil War in order to once again combat the cross-temporal plans of the Transhumanists. Jason and his team must blend into war-torn 1865 Virginia to seek out the nanobot caches that can change the future for the worse, while avoiding their younger selves, who passed through on a previous assignment. In order to complete the mission Jason is also forced to return to 1692 Port Royal just before its cataclysmic destruction. Meticulous research, vivid historical descriptions, and tense action sequences help flesh out this rousing time-travel adventure, though it occasionally threatens to collapse under its own convoluted weight as characters play merry havoc with cause and effect across the centuries. Series fans will enjoy the progression of the larger plot.