A splendid new fantasy from the author of The Arms of Hercules
When Proteus crawls from the sea, brain damaged from a fight with a terrible giant, all he can put together from his shattered memory is that he was sent to aid Jason and the Argonauts on their incredible mission. As he joins them on their quest, Proteus soon discovers that he is not like other members of the crew. Proteus is capable of inhuman strength; he seems never to grow tired; he has unexplainable control of the sea that surrounds him, and he is able to see things that no one else can. But, there seems to be a dark side to his past he still can’t remember, for a number of enemies sent by Jason’s arch nemesis, King Pelias, seems to recognize Proteus . . . as being one of them.
With the style and skill that distinguishes him as a master of the genre, Fred Saberhagen translated a classic myth for the new millennium.
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In addition to the popular Dracula Series, Fred Saberhagen is the author of the popular Berserker (tm) Series and the bestselling Lost Swords and Book of Lost Swords. Fred Saberhagen lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Best known for several long-running series (Berserker, Swords, Dracula), Saberhagen is now working inventive changes on Greek myths. The story of Jason and the Argonauts provides the basis for this fourth myth-based novel (after 2000's The Arms of Hercules), in which a naked man staggers out of the sea, shipwrecked and amnesiac. He knows only that his name is Proteus and that he must be part of the Argo's crew as they search for the Golden Fleece. Repairing the character's missing memory is a deft way to introduce readers to the tangle of alliances and betrayals behind the original myth. In fact, however, even readers who think they know the story will be surprised. Things don't always happen according to the myth for one thing, bystanders sometimes weren't observing carefully; for another, it's clear that super-science rather than magic underlies many of the strange events. It's impossible to say whether the book is set in an alternative past before "history" jelled or in the far future, when our history has been forgotten. Fair enough: readers should be wary as they watch gods interfering with mortals while plotting against each other and also trying to avoid hostile, superhuman giants in this bewildering, dangerous world. This isn't one of Saberhagen's best books, but the hints of hidden motives and secret powers are intriguing enough to keep fans alert for the next book in the series.
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Book Description Tor Fantasy, 2003. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110812570022
Book Description Tor Fantasy. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0812570022 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1334188