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Twice Upon a Time

(The second book in the Pastmaster series)
A novel by

Publisher's Weekly
In this new adventure, Alex Balfour, time-traveling hero of Appel's successful Time After Time, finds himself flung back 100 years to the Philadelphia Exposition of 1876. There he lives with a group of emancipated slaves, investigates the latest technological advances and runs into Mark Twain. He and Twain and one of the black men release two captured Indians from their exhibit, and the five embark on a trek West that includes a raft trip down the Mississippi. Meanwhile, Alex's girlfriend in this century is on assignment in South Dakota for the New York Times, covering recent unrest between Indians and the government. Shortly before the centennial anniversary of Custer's Last Stand, she is kidnapped by an Indian who believes he is the spiritual descendant of Crazy Horse, just as Alex, in the previous century, arrives at the Little Bighorn, trying to avert the slaughter he knows is imminent. Appel maintains firm hold on the strands of his plot, keeping Alex's sensibility consistently modern without becoming patronizing or sentimental toward the times. Suspense, period detail and the pleasant friction of Alex's temporal displacement will keep readers turning these pages. 25,000 first printing. (April)

Library Journal
For the second time, historian Alex Balfour, who has a genetic disposition to time travel ( Time After Time ), finds himself in another era. Transported to the Philadelphia Exposition of 1876, Alex is befriended by a disparate group, including four black men, some captured Indians, Mark Twain, and General Custer. Concurrently, his contemporary lover, New York Times reporter Molly Glenn, is pursuing the story of a young Sioux claiming to be the descendent of Crazy Horse. As Alex and Molly's stories converge at Little Big Horn, Appel again demonstrates his unique blend of history and science fiction in a riveting novel that says much about freedom and slavery and the innate dignity of human beings. Highly recommended. Andrea Caron Kempf, Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, Kan.

Genre: Science Fiction

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Hardback Editions

April 1988 : USA Hardback

Title: Twice upon a Time
Author(s): Allen Appel
ISBN: 0-88184-384-9 / 978-0-88184-384-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub
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Paperback Editions

February 1990 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Author(s): Allen Appel
ISBN: 0-440-20576-X / 978-0-440-20576-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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Kindle Editions

July 2021 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Twice Upon a Time (The Pastmaster Series Book 2)
Author(s): Allen Appel
Publisher: Crossroad Press
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