by Ben Elton (Bantam Press) ISBN: 9780552779999
2024. Hugh Stanton, ex-army survivalist, is grieving for his dead wife and children, passing time until he dies.
He is surprised when his old history professor invites him back to Cambridge. A letter, written by Isaac Newton and entrusted to the Master of Trinity, has given mankind the opportunity to go back in time to 1914 and change the course of history.
If Newton’s calculations are correct, the academics have the power to rewrite the course of a century. If you had this opportunity, where would you go, what would you do, and who would you kill? They decide that preventing the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, killing the German Kaiser, and preventing The Great War would be the way to go. Elton has done his research and the story becomes an intriguing, nail-biting journey into history as Hugh, knowing what he does and having to refrain from changing anything else, has to complete his mission.
But what happens when you change the past? The moral dilemmas and the believable characters are wonderfully constructed. The plot twists are completely unexpected. I could not put the book down and I am still thinking about it. Read it.