The Stainless Steel Rat Series|
This novel was adapted into a comic-book series.
The villainous He has travelled back in time to mankind's distant past on the legendary planet Earth (or 'Dirt') of 1984, where he is altering events so that people who opposed him in the Rat's present cease to exist, Angelina amongst them.
Using the Helix, a time-travel device invented by the Special Corps' Professor Coypu, diGriz travels to 1984 America, and then to Napoleonic France where tanks and aircraft are helping bring about Napoleon's victory.
"The worlds of the stainless steel rat are pure James Bond, with better gimmicks. However tight the corner in which Jim diGriz finds himself, somewhere on his person there will be a wonder gadget to get him out of it. The complex time paradox in which he plays out his current part bears no thinking about. But then, The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World is not a novel for thinkers. Much of the action takes place on a planet believed to be the legendary home of mankind, "called Dirt or Earth or something like that", in 1984, and 1807. Bank robberies, pitched battles, and a would be universe dominating megalomaniac are all part of the recipe. Of course Jim diGriz does save the world - although from what we can never be sure. He has to: otherwise it might not be there for his next adventure. Which is something to look forward to."
"After Harry Harrison's disastrous excursion into the realms of schmaltzy split universes via the infamous Transatlantic Tunnel, it is doubly welcome that he should return to the bawdy-house arm-in-arm with the Stainless Steel Rat himself, James Bolivar diGriz. DiGriz, knockabout, amoral member of the futuristic Special Corps, is an indestructably charming rogue, first encountered rifling his superior's priceless cigars during a briefing. When his chief abruptly fades out of existence, it soon transpires that an unknown villain, whose ultimate ambition is to tyrannise the entire universe throughout time, is tampering with the past in order to eliminate his only potential enemy: the Special Corps. Mr Harrison has clearly not lost his fascination with multi-temporal mix-ups, jumping our hero from his base in AD 3000 back to 1984 and a Napoleon-dominated England of 1805, thence to AD 2000 before a triumphant home-coming. After this hectic caper the Rat can hold his head high amongst the most elevated superhero company - Bulldog Drummond, James Bond and Flash Gordon included."
"Mr Harrison's narrative tug is as strong as ever as his hero, snugly domestic with wife and children, is called upon to cope with time meddlers. A lot of fun and gadgets abound. Time, though, I would now have thought to take the Rat off his treadmill; I occasionally thought I noted the rust of repetition."