Great Kings’ War by Roland Green and John F. Carr

Published: 1985, revised in 2004

Genre: science fiction

Length: 577 pages

Setting: multiple timelines of Earth’s history

Interest: A random book off my Kindle (I went so far as to use a random number generator to pick).

Summary: Humans have figured out how to move between the multiple timelines of Earth’s history, with the primary timeline using the less developed timelines for raw materials. A transtemporal conveyor had accidentally picked up former Pennsylvania State trooper Calvin Morrison, who jumped ship in another timeline. In that timeline, he sets himself up as a Great King, pushing back against priests of the god Styphon. The priests want to maintain their dominance, and go to war against King Kalvin (as he’s known in this world). The academics in the primary timeline are excited because they can watch a new timeline develop from its inception.

Final thoughts: Oh so boring. I didn’t even finish the book. It’s not terrible, but I just didn’t care about the politics of either timeline, and the terminology of the different timelines was difficult to keep straight. I took a break about a third of the way through, but when I came back to it, I cared even less and just gave up on the book.

Title comes from: The war that was being fought on the alternate earth between the forces of King Kalvin and Styphon.

Reading challenges fulfilled: None, since I didn’t finish the book.

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