Newly created portals lead to an alternate reality where humans enslaved rather than wiping out an island race of hobbit-like near-humans. Alternate history Rome built their culture around these slaves, preserving the empire but causing stagnation. The Roman Empire has survived nearly unchanged since its peak. As a result, Europeans never discovered America and American Indians still control the alternate reality's New World.
Intertwined mysteries: A camera chip concealed on the body of a dead woman depicts a Roman scroll that could not exist in this reality. The subsequent murder investigation and the discovery of the chip leads to Detective Darla Smith to the Bureau of Timeline Integrity and analyst Scott White. Is the murder linked to smuggled Roman artifacts from the alternate timeline? When they discover the chip also contains photos of a creature who's not quite human, powerful forces step in to detour Scott and Darla. Undeterred, they continue their investigation, leading them further into dangerous territory and more tangled mysteries. What lurks in Darla's past and dogs the investigation? What is that peculiar creature in the photo, and how did it have such an impact on Rome? Why do Roman slave raiders suddenly appear in alternate history North America? And what does software giant Burgen Industries have to do with any of this?
A trail of clues leads Darla and Scott through cyberspace, decaying rustbelt towns, and an Indian-controlled alternate North America toward the final shocking answer as to why all timelines lead to Rome.
This is Dale's second novel, and a strong contender for reader attention. The New York Times Best Selling author S.M. Stirling said, "All Timelines is an intriguing and action-packed alternate history with an unusual point of departure. I like it!"
Dale was kind enough to send me a review copy, so stay tuned for a review in the near future. In the meantime you can read this excerpt from the novel.
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Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update, a volunteer editor for Alt Hist and a contributor to Just Below the Law. His fiction can be found at Echelon Press, Jake's Monthly and his own writing blog. When not writing he works as an attorney and enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana.