This morning, Commander Vimes of the City Watch had it all. He was a Duke. He was rich. He was respected. He had a silver cigar case. He was about to become a father. This morning he thought longingly about the good old days. Tonight, hes in them. Flung back in time by a mysterious accident, Sam Vimes has to start all over again. He must get a new name and a job, and theres only one job hes good at: cop in the Watch. He must track down a brutal murderer. He must find his younger self and teach him everything he knows. He must whip the cowardly, despised Night Watch into a crack fighting force -- fast. Because Sam Vimes knows whats going to happen. He remembers it. He was there. Its part of history. And you cant change history . . . But Sam is going to. He has no choice. Otherwise, a bloody revolution will start, and good men will die. Sam saw their names on old headstones just this morning -- but tonight theyre young men who think they have a future. And rather than let them die, Sam will do anything -- turn traitor, burn buildings, take over a revolt, anything -- to snatch them from the jaws of history. He will do it even if victory will mean giving up the only future he knows. For if he succeeds, hes got no wife, no child, no riches, no fame -- all that will simply vanish. But if he doesnt try, he wouldnt be Sam Vimes. And so the battle is on. He knows how its going to end; after all, he was there. His name is on one of those headstones. But thats just a minor detail . . .
21st Century Sci-Fi and Fantasy Posted August 7, 2013