Publisher's summary Edit
Sir Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart is nearing the end of his life and has just buried another old friend. Feeling out of sorts, he is somewhat surprised to find himself in 1981. Some mysterious force has pulled him backwards in time, into his own past, an adventure he has only vague memories of...
1981: London, a bomb detonates in a London pub and Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart is among the injured. Moscow, a hijacked plane sits on the airport runway and Major Grigoriy Bugayev leads the assault against the six gunmen holding the passengers hostage.
These are the triggers that set the two military men on an international manhunt. Their investigations converge and uncover a group of terrorists whose roots reach back to sinister Cold War experiments, and something that was unearthed in ancient ruins in the New Mexico desert by one Sophia Montilla… and Anne Travers.
Terror is a contagion. It means to spread. And humanity is set on doing everything in its power to help it…
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- Sir/Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart
- Dame Anne Bishop/Dr Anne Travers
- Brigadier Bill Bishop
- Fiona Campbell
- Major Grigoriy Bugayev
- Sophia Montilla
- Sir Frederick Hackett
- Mikhail Grushkin
- Barney Hackett
- David Pemberton
- Emma Pemberton
- Major Adrienne Kramer
- Parker Theroux
- Melody Quartararo
- Sherpherd/President Bryant
- Colonel Vovk
- Bombs also went off in Sunderland and Leeds.
- The Brigadier uses his UNIT pass.
- Kramer works at the United Nations Peacekeeping Offices in Geneva.
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- While travelling back through time, several events of Lethbridge-Stewart's life flash before him: a sea monster looming over the Thames, [source needed] a silver colossus crushing a Land Rover, (TV: Robot) dinosaurs, (TV: Invasion of the Dinosaurs) claws, tentacles, plastic dummies, (TV: Spearhead from Space, Terror of the Autons) a yellow car, (TV: Doctor Who and the Silurians) a blue box, Yeti, (TV: The Web of Fear) giant easter eggs, (PROSE: The New Unusual) alien plants, (PROSE: The Grandfather Infestation) his dead brother, (PROSE: The Forgotten Son) the birth of Conall Lethbridge-Stewart, the wedding of Anne Travers and Bill Bishop, and the birth of Kate Stewart.
- Lethbridge-Stewart notes Bugayev's retained youth. (PROSE: Emotional Chemistry)
- Lethbridge-Stewart recalls his previous encounter with Bugayev in the Aegean Sea. (PROSE: Blood of Atlantis)