We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
The Defiant Agents | [Andre Norton]

The Defiant Agents

Alien technology scavenged by U.S. and Russian scientists has started a race to colonize planets outside our solar system - and the U.S. scientists are losing. In a desperate move the U.S. government decides to use a group of Apache volunteers in an experimental attempt to colonize a primitive planet, but before they can even begin their spaceship crashes on the planet Topaz.
Regular Price:$19.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Audible Editor Reviews

Andre Norton made a lasting mark on the 20th century's fantasy and sci-fi scene. This is especially impressive considering that Norton, whose given first name was Alice, was writing in a male-dominated genre. The Defiant Agents follows up on the time traveling adventures described in the "Forerunner" series. Flavored by Cold War sensibilities, this audiobook takes listeners to distant planets where Apache volunteers are sent on a government mission.

Paul Boehmer, a 2003 Audie Finalist, brings a pulpy enthusiasm to his performance. In a voice both classic and "action hero", Boehmer's dramatic mastery of dialogue is especially compelling.

Publisher's Summary

Alien technology scavenged by U.S. and Russian scientists has started a race to colonize planets outside our solar system - and the U.S. scientists are losing. In a desperate move the U.S. government decides to use a group of Apache volunteers in an experimental attempt to colonize a primitive planet, but before they can even begin their spaceship crashes on the planet Topaz.

Public Domain (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.7 (27 )
5 star
 (7)
4 star
 (9)
3 star
 (7)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
3.9 (19 )
5 star
 (6)
4 star
 (8)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (0)
Story
3.6 (22 )
5 star
 (6)
4 star
 (7)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 12-03-13
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2009

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1037
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    380
    289
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    451
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not one of Norton's best stories"

    Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

    The Defiant Agents is the third book in Andre Norton’s TIME TRADERS series about a secret United States government program that uses time travel to solve geopolitical problems, especially those involving the Cold War with the Russians. In the first book, The Time Traders, we met Ross Murdock, a criminal who avoided his sentence by signing on with the Time Traders and discovering the source of the Russians’ new powers. In the second book, Galactic Derelict, we met Travis Fox, an Apache who joined the Time Traders and was sent to recover an alien spaceship.

    In this third book, the United States has tossed all ethics out the window and decided that the end justifies the means. They’ve used a process called Redax on Travis Fox and some other unknowing Apache volunteers which causes them to forget their modern selves and embrace their inner Apache. The government sends them to a newly discovered primitive planet where they hope the Apaches, now channeling their ancestors, will be able to subdue it. Meanwhile the Russians have used the same process on the descendents of the Mongols and sent them to the same planet. Thus we have a U.S. /Russian war being fought between Apaches and Mongols on a distant world.

    Sounds a little silly, but if you can get past the premise (which I had trouble doing), you’ll find a story containing the kind of action and angst that Andre Norton’s fans love. There are even telepathic wolves, which is really cool. This is not one of Norton’s best stories, however. It doesn’t at all feel organic and, with the exception of Travis Fox, the “Reds” and “Mongols” are simply stereotypes. It feels more like Norton wanted to write a story about Native Americans in a science fiction context and, indeed, I’ve read in several places that this book was written after one of Norton’s friends complained that there were no science fiction books where Native Americans were the protagonists.

    I’m looking forward to book four, Key Out of Time, which again focuses on Ross Murdock. I want to find out about the advanced alien race that may be providing technology to the Russians.

    All of the books in the TIME TRADERS series are now in the public domain and can be found for free online. I bought the free Kindle version and then used the Whispersync deal to buy the audio version with Paul Boehmer’s narration for $1.99. I’d recommend this version if you want to read The Defiant Agents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-1 of 1 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.