"Lively fun" —Analog
The Alien Shape-Changer and the Time-Traveling Secret Agent!
Meet Hannibal Fortune, the classic time-traveling secret agent for the Temporal Entropy Restructure and Repair Agency (T.E.R.R.A.) whose James Bondian adventures are back in print for the first time in 30 years! Aided by his sneering, superior, shape-changing, 15-pound fellow agent, Webley (an irascible alien whose comments on Earth people and their customs are incendiary), Hannibal Fortune, granted the special "License to Tamper," tries to foil the plots of Gregor Malik, who seeks to control the future by changing the past.
In The Flying Saucer Gambit, Hannibal and Webley travel from the year 2572 to Kansas in the year 1966 to investigate the death of a fellow T.E.R.R.A. Resident Agent. Soon they discover he has been killed by the sinister legions of Gregor Malik's E.M.P.I.R.E. to keep him from reporting their new secret weapon, a device that turns people into babbling lunatics. With this weapon, Malik could conquer Earth and change history—overnight!
It's up to Fortune and Webley to foil E.M.P.I.R.E. so that the timelines will remain intact and Earth unconquered. It's a tough assignment, and Gregor Malik's plans were already far advanced and well protected. But E.M.P.I.R.E. is about to find why Hannibal and his fifteen-pound playmate have been ranked the most dangerous of T.E.R.R.A. agents of all...
"Speedy time operas, creative." —The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
Larry Maddock is the pen name under which science fiction author Jack Owen Jardine wrote the Agent of TERRA series.