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The Gordian Protocol

Narrated by: Gabriel Vaughan
Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New stand-alone novel from New York Times best-selling author of the Honor Harrington series, David Weber  

A Man of Two Worlds 

Doctor Benjamin Schröder was far from a man of action. In fact, he was a history teacher - chairman of the Castle Rock University history department - and if his life wasn't perfect, it was close. Until, that is, the discussion of his star student Elzbietá Abramowski's dissertation on Operation Oz, the Pacific Allies' invasion of Vladivostok, staged through occupied Japan to meet their Imperial German allies, was brutally interrupted.  

The psychotic episode that turned his entire world upside down struck with absolutely no warning, and it was more terrifying than anything he should have been able to imagine, leaving him with a complete, incredibly detailed set of false nightmare memories. Not just of his own life but of an entire ghastly world in which Operation Oz had never happened. In which millions of helpless civilians had been systematically slaughtered in extermination camps that were horrific beyond belief. In which there was still a Soviet Union. In which the Chinese Communists had succeeded, the Korean Peninsula had been permanently divided, thousands of nuclear warheads had spread their deadly threat across the entire Earth, and the Middle East was a festering sore of bloodshed, fanaticism, and terrorism.  

The knowledge that those false memories had come from somewhere inside his own psyche was terrible, but with the help of Commander Abramowski, a highly decorated navy fighter pilot who’d been forced to deal with her own PTSD after crippling combat wounds invalided her out of service, he’s put his life back together. With Elzbietá's support, he's learned to deal with the nightmares, to recognize that they are only nightmares that can't - and won't - be permitted to rule his life.  

Until, that is, a lunatic named Raibert Kaminski knocks on his door one afternoon with an impossible and horrifying story about alternate realities, time travel, temporal knots, and more than a dozen doomed universes that must inevitably die if the temporal storm front rushing toward the distant future isn't stopped. He has to be lying, of course. Or completely insane. But what if he's not a madman after all? What if he's actually telling the truth?  

That possibility is the most terrifying thing of all. Because if he is, the false memories aren't false after all, and that other world is just as real as the one Schröder has always known. And if that's true, Benjamin Schröder is about to become the greatest mass murderer in human history, because he has to choose. Whether he acts or refuses to act, Benjamin Schröder is the one man who will decide which universe lives and which dies, along with every star system, every galaxy - and every single human being - in it.  

Including the woman he's discovered he loves more than life itself.

©2019 Words of Weber, Inc. & Jacob Holo (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“[A] fun and thrilling standalone from Weber and Holo....time travel enthusiasts will enjoy the moral dilemmas, nonstop action, and crisp writing.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Great book!

This was a fun time travel book from my favorite author David Weber. The story had me guessing the whole time.
Gabriel Vaughan did a good job at narrating the story.

As a democratic my whole life, it was refreshing to have SJW nonsense pointed out as nonsense.

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  • 05-08-19

Trash

The description looks fun, I never got to any of that. It was just a cluster of whining about how the protagonist is just the smartest, best guy in the world and snowflake liberals are ruining everything. An entire chapter of complaining about a harassment claim by a student, because she disagreed that white men helped black people and women assert their rights. Of course the dandy head of the department decided that he needed gender sensitivity training (with no reason given as to why other than the accuser was trans I guess?). OK, but he couldn’t possibly be transphobic because his brother is gay of course.

And his gay brother and his gay husband went with him to the gun range, all of them master weapons experts because of their super marine general dad, to complain about how hard it is to be conservative in this dystopian nightmare of progressive ideals. And how their Jewish mother and that gay brother prove that Liberals are the real bigots.

Really excited for the time hopping, dimension jumping drama. I was not prepared for right wing whining for half an hour before I got to any meaningful story. Hard pass – getting a refund.

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started off a bit slow, but picked up!

Great book, slow start, entertaining, it's confusing sometimes. but still very entertaining. I would recommend this to friends, however, I might also recommend reading it rather than listening.

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odd but good

odd but good. will read it again soon too see what I missed it has a lot of turns in it