The Revisionists
by Thomas Mullen

When I first saw this novel and read the cover pages, my initial thought was it would be similar to the late Poul Anderson's "Time Patrol" stories and novels - a group of individuals protecting key historical events from those determined to change history by eliminating those events or individuals that had a profound effect on history. What I got was an intriguing, science fiction political thriller which, while nothing like the Time Patrol books I loved, was satisfying in its own right.

Zed is a protector of events from "the Perfect Present" of the future, assigned to protect events in Washington DC. which lead up to the Great Conflagration in the not too distant future. In this role, he must stop, usually by killing, the Historical Agitators, "hags", who travel back into our present to alter these events. The Perfect Presence is a restrictive, dictatorial, atheistic society where the past is both revered and forbidden. Sanitized history is doled out to the citizens, and events that dispute the history taught by the government are edited from the record.

Zed begins to question what he has been taught as he interacts with the various citizens of our time, particularly Tasha, a lawyer whose brother had recently been killed in Iraq, and Leo, a former CIA agent kicked out of the agency for leaking some horrific information about a CIA-inspired event that went disastrously wrong. As he interacts with these and other characters, Zed begins to wonder if the government of the Perfect Present are the revisionists, and not the "hags" as he had been taught.

While not specifically a work of Christian fiction, The Revisionists, does have some interesting lessons on morality, government roles, and our present society, and Zed on several occasions, finds himself questioning whether there is a God guiding our lives.

The only problelm I found with tile novel was the ending, which leaves several questions unanswered. Mainly, is Zed really from the future or is he a genius who went crazy after a family tragedy? But this is not enough to not recommend the book if one is interested in these types of novels. One warning though, there is strong language throughout the book.

James Shelton
Reviewed by James Shelton