The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen

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A fast-paced literary thriller that recalls dystopian classics such as 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, from the award-winning author of The Last Town on Earth.

Zed is an agent from the future. A time when the world's problems have been solved. No hunger. No war. No despair.

His mission is to keep it that way. Even if it means ensuring every cataclysm throughout history runs its course-especially The Great Conflagration, an imminent disaster in our own time that Zed has been ordered to protect at all costs.

Zed's mission will disrupt the lives of a disgraced former CIA agent; a young Washington lawyer grieving over the loss of her brother, a soldier in Iraq; the oppressed employee of a foreign diplomat; and countless others. But will he finish his final mission before the present takes precedence over a perfect future? One that may have more cracks than he realizes?

The Revisionists puts a fresh spin on today's global crises, playing with the nature of history and our own role in shaping it. It firmly establishes Mullen as one of the most exciting and imaginative writers of his generation.

About Thomas Mullen

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Thomas Mullen is the author of The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction, and The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers. His books have been named Best of the Year by such publications as the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Onion, and He lives with his wife and sons in Atlanta.
Published September 28, 2011 by Mulholland Books. 448 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Eventually Mullen tires of straddling two worlds, the hags fade away and he focuses more on the contemps and a very conventional tale of corporate machinations.

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After a megadisaster known as the Great Conflagration devastates the world as we know it, "the Government" creates the Department of Historical Integrity to prevent historical agitators (or hags), who are able to travel through time, from trying to change the past.

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Book Reporter

He wrestles with whether or not it’s right to let these people die so individuals in his time can live as they do.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

In the interest of preventing any ethnic strife, the study of history has been severely restricted, so much so that Zed’s father-in-law is imprisoned, tortured and possibly executed for being part of “a conspiracy to circulate historical information.” There is one clear advance of the current tec...

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What seems like a sci-fi book quickly becomes a story about people, politics and the ridiculousness of the way the world is run, entertaining the reader and making them think at the same time.

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Chamber Four

I’m not exactly sure why I’ve been reading time travel books lately, but so far I’ve benefited nicely.

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The Christian Manifesto

ed aka Troy Jones came from the future to ensure certain events would transpire—events which would guarantee the time and environment he came from would remain intact.

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How their paths cross with Zed (aka Leroy Jones) is somewhat surreal, as Zed / Leroy tries to match his mission with what happened to his father-in-law, wife and young child in “his future”.

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Geek Speak

He is intent on creating a strong sense of realism about American foreign policy through long winded descriptions, and a hit man from the future isn’t going to change that.

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