- Island in the Sea of Time by S. M. Stirling
- Against the Tide of Years by S. M. Stirling
Imagine how different our world would be if the knowledge and technology of the 21th century was introduced to the people of the Bronze Age? Island in the Sea of Time brings up this concept when Nantucket is inexplicably thrown into the past.
This is the first of three books in the Nantucket series, and it is considered both science fiction and alternative history. Mr. Stirling has written numerous books and series in the science fiction, fantasy and alternative history genres. This book takes current day Nantucket and places the island over 3,000 years in past. It is told in a third person narrative by the various different characters.
This is a great book, I love the concept. There was plenty of action with lots going on all the time. The characters are interesting and likeable, even some of the bad ones, but I did not feel they were as deep as I would have liked. Overall it is an exciting and fascinating read. First we deal with the adjustment the Americans had to go through once they realized where in time they were and then we see the impact they are having on the people in 1250 BC. Hindsight is definitely an asset in this situation.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading alternative history. I am looking forward to reading Against the Tide of Years, which is the next book in the series.
Question to Ponder: Would our world be better today or worse, if our technology was introduced and implemented within the confinements of 1250 BC?