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Time and Robbery by Rebecca Ore
Review by Mel Jacob
Aqueduct Press  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781933500874
Date: 01 March 2012 / Show Official Info /

Time and Robbery continues the adventures of Velius Parker, an immortal time-jumper, more than 14,000 years old. Joe Tavistock, a man who works for British passport control, discovers Vel's existence. Astounded, he passes this inform to his team. As they begin to learn about him, they worry he may threaten the government.

Joe's a tech junkie who loves manipulating data and discovers some anomalies with passports for a family over a long period of time. Coupled with other data, it eventually leads him to Vel. The man seeks Joe and his agency's help in preventing tampering that would eliminate Vel and a major part of the British population as well as portions of Europe and the U.S.

Identifying Vel's ability and controlling him presents major problems. The British government wants access to his abilities. Because he needs their cooperation, he agrees to wear a device that prevents him from time jumping. He also arranges for his daughter, a telepath cable of foreseeing possible futures and influencing others, to work for the government.

Another immortal tried to kill Vel, and his injury makes him vulnerable until he fully recovers. Apparently, rivalry exists with others with the same abilities. Vel's focus is the wellbeing and survival of his mortal family members.

Ore appears fixated on male homosexual encounters in her Vel books. The first stories featuring Vel, Centuries Ago and Very Fast, was nominated for the Phillip K. Dick and Lambda awards. Ore also writes as Rebecca B. Brown. Aqueduct Press specializes in works by feminist science fiction writers.

Despite depicting close family relationships, the novel is not emotionally compelling. Various aspects of the history are fascinating, but some readers may have difficulty dealing with the overt nature of Vel's sexual orientation.

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