by Rebecca Ore
Cover Artist: John Picacio
Review by Sam Lubell
Eos Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0380792524
Date: 01 February, 2007 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Benedetta had an interesting life, and then an even more interesting afterlife. An assistant with her husband's gunnery crew in Lombardy in the late 1400s who knew Leonardo da Vinci, she wakes up from being wounded and finds herself in Purgatory. But why, she wonders, does the angel there have a scab on a finger? Ivar drowned off the coast of Iceland to find himself in Valhalla. But why would someone who drowned be given the reward for those fallen in battle and why, he wonders, does the All-Knowing Odin, not know his name. Jonah, a computer hacker from our time, thinks he's a Matrix-style computer simulation. In reality, all three have been brought forward in time to a future earth that is recovering from a massive plague. With Jonah's help, Benedetta escapes the Archives and finds lawyers willing to argue that the Archives have no right to imprison the people they rescue. From official release/information:
From back of book: Earth, 2308. Multiple pandemic plagues have ravaged the planet beyond recognition. Setting out to preserve the last vestiges of human life, the Philadelphia National Archive utilizes a mysterious time machine from the distant future to gather together a group of individuals with diverse knowledge and skills -- a living repository of human knowledge. Among them is Benedetta, a young peasant born in 1473, saved on the battlefield after the French defeated her army. With her new partner the Viking Ivar -- rescued from death in the icy waters of the North Atlantic -- she travels across time to bring back other. But these iconoclastic archivists are not prepared for the dark repercussions of their good intentions.