“ Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: L. Sprague de Camp / Mass Market Paperback / 272 Pages / Book is published 1993-12-31 by Baen Books „
Rivers Of Time is a collection of connected short stories, previously published seperately, all following the adventures of Reginald Rivers as he leads rich people back in time for the ultimate Safari.
Australian Reginald Rivers is a hunter who originally runs Big Game Safari's but as more and more laws start coming in protecting certain species, he finds his client list slowly dropping off. When a University in America declares that it has discovered a means of travelling in time, Rivers joins forces with others in his business to form a Consortium that will utilise this new technology and help finance its cost. Because time travel is a very expensive business. Though there are some intial doubts, the University eventually agrees to go ahead with Rivers proposal but hunting in the distant past does not come without certain risks and, as we discover through this series of anecdotes retold by Rivers himself, often things do not go as originally planned....
This is quite fun and often quirky sci-fi. In the adventures recounted here we come across a female client determined to sleep with everyone on the Hunting party, animal rights activists and more simply just Hunters who cannot follow basic instruction! This makes for a series of stories that always provide the reader with something different to expect!
It is not the best time travel book I have ever read but it is something a little different. There is less emphasis on the basics of time travel and more on the adventures of the past and Rivers has been created to be a highly competent story-teller! I love time travel stories and I have always loved Dinosaurs si=o was always going to be onto a winner with this book!
One thing ~ do not be put off by the cover! From the cover illustration, you might be forgiven for expecting some tacky, fairly awful, cheap and not very cheerful novel. Thankfully, what the reader gets is something much more!
This is a fun romp with plenty about it to recommend and is well worth the pittance it costs to buy on Amazon!