Worlds of the Imperium - Imperium, Bk 1 Author:Keith Laumer A parallel-time-tracks story with van Vogtian wheels-within-wheels ramifications. Brion Bayard, of our own continuum, is snatched into one in which there never was a United States, in which Northern Europe, Britain, the Western Hemispher and Australia form one huge empire, in which Hermann Goering is a useful ally. He learns that there is still ... more »a third continuum, in which nuclear war has nearly shattered civilization, leaving a North American dictatorship headed by - himself. The scheme: replace the bad Brion Bayard with the good one and stop the guerrilla raids on the Imperium. Naturally Brion falls in with this plan, and naturally things are not quite as simple as they seem.. Well-done action, adventure and cloak-and-dagger stuff.« less
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Edition published 1973
The first in the adventures of Colonel Brion Bayard and the Imperium. The Imperium is a force that keeps parallel universies in check from their own world in Zero Zero Stockholm. When war faces the Imperium from an alternate reality they find their only chance in traveling to our "earth" and finding the duplicate of the person who leads the army of the attacking universe. Enter Brion Bayard. In order to ensure that his world and the Zero Zero line can remain in existance he must go on a thrilling adventure and assasinate his alternate self. Sequels include: The Other Side of Time, Assignment in Nowhere, and Zone Yellow.
Brion Bayard, a perfecrly normal guy from our world, isn't too amused when he is trapped and kidnapped by the inhabitants of a parallel universe inhabited with the same persons as ours, but with another history. His mind changes, as he learns to know what essential task he is needed for: The peaceful world of his hosts is in danger of being atomically devastated by invaders from another parallel world. This world is ruled by an evil dictator, with the name and the look of - Brion Bayard. The kidnapped Brion is destined to replace the dictator, but this is anything else but an easy task - and nothing is like it seems to be...