A prehistoric mother and child, 19th-century British and Indian soldiers, 21st-century U.N. peacekeepers and astronauts, and various armies of Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great find themselves thrown together in a patchwork of time in TIME'S EYE (4), by masters of the genre Arthur C. Clarke & Stephen Baxter. Intended as a companion to Clarke's classic Space Odyssey quartet, this novel never achieves that epic scope but does offer exciting trans-time adventure, as the characters struggle to understand and make the best of their predicament. Inevitably there is war, as the Mongol army finds itself clashing with the Greeks, while the "moderns" try to sort out what has happened and find a way to return to their own time. Several threads—including the mystery of the satellites, or "Eyes," that caused the mysterious discordance—are left unresolved; unsurprising, as a sequel is planned. Clarke fans expecting an exploration of the meaning of time to equal that of his previous musings on space and humanity will be disappointed, but this is still a rip-roaring adventure yarn that should appeal to fantasy, sci-fi and alternate history fans alike. (Jan., 353 pp., $26.95)

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Jen Talley Exum