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|John F. Carr|
Hardback 244 pages
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Paratime Trouble is a new Paratime Police novel by John F. Carr featuring Verkan Vall and Dalla Hadron. Dalla leads Verkan on a merry chase through Paratime as Verkan—once again—attempts to save her bacon! This time she’s searching for the noted 20th Century psychic, Jeanne Dixon, who has predicted the death of John F. Kennedy and the coming of a third world war on several Europo-America belts. Unfortunately for our two intrepid Paratimers, they both end up on the Beria Belt, where the Cuban Missile Crisis is heating up into an all-out nuclear war!
In his search for Dalla, Verkan arrives in New York just in time for the bombs to hit Manhattan. He and Ranthar Jard end up traversing the subway tunnels underneath New York City as they attempt to escape rising radioactivity and hordes of fleeing survivors. Cut off from contact with Paratime Police headquarters, the two Paratimers not only face desperate survivors, but gangs of black-jacketed thugs intent on making the best out of a bad situation. On top of that, they have to find out where Dalla has gone into hiding and bring her back to First Level before the whole time-line collapses into complete chaos!
The Paratimers' ability to travel to an uncountable number of alternate time-lines has allowed the decadent First Level society to thrive as the ultimate parasites for over ten millenniums. Moving secretly from different levels and time-lines, they live off the wealth and creativity of countless alternate worlds. The Paratimers, like any successful symbiots, must conduct their activities in complete secrecy without warning their hosts. It's up to the Paratime Police to make sure the Paratime Secret is protected.
Verkan Vall, Special Assistant to the Paratime Police Chief, faces a conspiracy that threatens to undermine the stability of Home Time Line civilization. The Paratime Police uncover a First Level slave ring which is looting outtime worlds and harvesting slaves for debauched Home Time Liners. The Paratime Police quickly discover that this criminal organization, called the Wizard Traders, has its tentacles into every institution on Home Time Line including the Executive Council. As Verkan Vall and the Paratime Police search out the hidden bases of the Wizard Traders, the crime-syndicate seeks to undermine the Paratime Police’s support on First Level. Time Crime reveals an insidious conspiracy that threatens not only the Paratime Secret, but the end of Home Time Line and the First Level civilization it harbors.