Tag Archives: Time Travel

Review of “The Continuum”

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Book Reviews – “The Continuum” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Wendy Nikel (https://wendynikel.com). Ms. Nikel has published two novels in her “Places in Time” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘G’. In the future, time travel has been perfected, but it is being held as a closely guarded proprietary technology. The primary use has been for expensive, exclusive vacations in time. The primary character of this story is Elise Morley. This young woman is a history expert who is sent back in time to retrieve travelers who have gone astray.

She is kidnapped by a clandestine organization and forced by them to take a mission into the future. Here she is out of her element but must see the dangerous mission through. Can she succeed without altering the future?

I thought that this was an interesting 3 hour read of 207 pages. This was an enjoyable science fiction story. It read so quickly that it felt more like a novella than a full novel. I think that the cover art was a good choice. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Review of “D-Day : Time Patrol”

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Book Reviews – “D-Day: Time Patrol” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Bob Mayer (http://bobmayer.com/). Mr. Mayer has published nearly 60 novels. This is the fourth in his “Time Patrol” series.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is based in contemporary times, but as you would expect from the series title, agents travel back to various times in history.

The Time Patrol is a super secret unit that is sent back in time to protect our timeline from the Shadow. The Shadow is a mysterious group that for unknown reasons wants to destroy us. The Time Patrol analysts detect that a disruption in our timeline will be attempted on June 6 in various years in history.

The Time Patrol agents are sent back to 1998, 1944 (hence the name of this volume in the series), 1843, 452, 478 BC and 32,415 BC. Each of the six agents will travel back for 24 hours to battle the Shadow. Most are being sent to very dangerous time periods, and Shadow agents will do anything to beat the Time Patrol. It is far from certain that all six will return.

I enjoyed the nearly 6 hours spent reading this 234 page science fiction thriller. There are a few technical details of their time travel ability that get skimmed over, I assume they were covered in prior volumes of the series. This book reads pretty well on its own, but there is clearly relevant history in the prior volumes of the series. I would suggest starting with the first novel, “Time Patrol”. The cover is OK, but a more appropriate one would be of the airborne assault as that is where the Time Patrol agent is placed on D-Day. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “30th Century: Escape”

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Book Reviews – “30th Century: Escape” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Mark Kingston Levin. This is his first novel to be published. This is the first book of a planned “30th Century Trilogy”.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains many scenes of Mature Situations. The story is mostly set in today’s time, with some in other times in the future. The primary character is Captain Jennifer Hero.

Hero leads a task force in the 30th century. Humans have created the Syndos, genetically enhanced humans, in order to explore space. Syndos have come to think themselves superior to humans and a war rages between them. Hero’s mission is to use a time machine and lead a group of her soldiers to the 27th century. There they will try to secretly introduce a genetic correction to the Syndos that they hope will make them more sympathetic to humans.

Hero, though, is suffering from burn out. Instead of following her men and women, she diverts herself to the 21st century. There she explores the Pacific islands, and makes many friends and lovers.

I had high hopes, but I felt let down after spending 10.5 hours reading this 332 page science fiction novel. There was little science fiction in the story. Yes there was a small, very small amount of time travel. The bulk of the story was about Hero and the friends she made. And she made some very, very intimate friends of both sexes.

I think that the book should have been classified as a romance with some aspects of science fiction. I also felt that the characters were very two dimensional. There was also a clear thread of saving the environment throughout the story. The cover art is OK, though I think something closer to the story could have been chosen. I give this :  a 3 out of 5.

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Review of “Found in Time”

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Book Reviews – “Found in Time” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by J. K. Kelly (http://jkkelly.com). This is Mr. Kelly’s first novel.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is based on today, but the team travels to various places and times on their missions. The primary character is US Marine Major JJ Jackson.

Jackson has been a covert operator for some time, but is now asked to lead a new, even more secret unit. The unit’s mission is to test out a time travel device, then to eventually use it to fight the terrorists they have been confronted with. Their missions back in time are filled with danger and they meet several historical figures. Their most severe challenge comes from an unexpected quarter.

I really enjoyed the 8 hours I spent reading this science fiction thriller. It does have a bit of a religious twist. I liked the characters developed in the novel, and the plot. I did have a feeling in the first half or so that it was a collection of short stories stitched together. I do hope that there are more books to follow with the same characters. The cover art is OK, but I don’t think that it relates well to the story. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Short Science Fiction Film “The Last One”

Short Films – The short (11:00) science fiction film “The Last One” was published to YouTube in August of 2017 by White Cape Productions. The synopsis:

A scientist is on the verge of inventing a time travel machine. Things were going just great before his one bad habit turns out to be his end.

Interesting film with a bit of a twist. Not one of the best, but an interesting take on Time Travel.

Science Fiction Short Film “I’m You”

Short Films – The short (9:46) science fiction film “I’m You” was posted to YouTube in August of 2016 by White Cape Productions. The synopsis:

What happens when you set out to do the right thing, but your younger self fails you ?

I liked this film, though the sound quality was not all that good. It is a look at the Time Travel Paradox.

Review of “Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine”

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Book Reviews – “Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Anthony Francis (http://jeremiahwillstone.com/). This is Mr. Francis’ fifth novel.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. The story is set partially in a parallel universe where Steam Punk is the technology and partially in our own world, The primary character is the young woman, Commander Jeremiah Willstone.

Willstone is an officer in the Victoriana Defense League (VDL). She is sent on a mission to find and stop her uncle who has stolen highly secret technology. She soon finds herself and the airship she is on plunging through time and dimensions. She finds herself in our very different contemporary world.

She and the VDL have spent years battling invasion attempts by extraterrestrials in their universe. Her view of things changes on this mission as she learns more about her uncle as well as both her allies and enemies.

I enjoyed the 11+ hours I spent reading this 298 page Science Fiction Steam Punk novel. I liked the world created for Willstone, as well as the cross over to our own. I thought that the plot was well laid out and very engaging. While the story arrives at a conclusion, there is plenty of loose ends that beg for sequels. I liked the cover art showing Jeremiah Willstone with an airship above her. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Short Science fiction Film “Amendment 10/60”

Short Films – This short (20:43) film was published on YouTube in June of 2017 and was produced by DUST. The synopsis:

In a post nuclear era where owning books is a felony and the intellectual community is persecuted, a group of scientists is trying in vain to find a way to save the world. A Professor’s assistant will be called upon to make the most difficult decision of his life.

There is not much dialog and what there is isn’t in English, but the film has English sub-titles. This is an Alternate History which split from our own in 1947 when the US and Russia declare war on one another. A battle of nuclear warheads between the two wreck the world . The war ends in 1950 and the scientists of the world are blamed for the war. Scientists prove Einstein’s Unified Field Theory in 1951, making ‘curving’ of time a possibility.

While this is a dark film, it is well done. My only wish is that it had been made in English and it was longer.

Trailer for “Enter the Warriors Gate”

Trailers – This film, “Enter the Warrior’s Gate” opened in China last year and will be seen here in the US next week. The official synopsis is:

Epic fantasy-adventure meets martial arts action in this thrilling film written by Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen. After a mysterious chest opens a gateway through time, teen gamer Jack (Uriah Shelton) is transported to an ancient empire terrorized by a cruel barbarian king (former WWE superstar Dave Bautista). Jack will need all of his gaming skills as he battles to defeat the barbarian, protect a beautiful princess, and somehow find his way back home.

So, this looks like a pure tongue-in-cheek, fun adventure movie. It is hard to say from this 2:05 trailer if it will be any good. I am sure most of the younger teenage gamer boys will want to see it.

Review of “Timeshift”

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Book Reviews – “Timeshift” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Kris Trudeau (http://timeshift-novel.com). This is Ms. Trudeau’s first novel.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. The story takes place in 1200, 2016, 2095 and 2097. There are several characters prominent in each time period.

The story is that by 2097 very intelligent robots have been created and they begin to run amuck. Unable to check them any other way, a three pronged time travel mission is put into place to counter the robots.

One group travels back to 1200 to find and destroy the main deposit of Elevanium. This is newly discovered material that proved to be a powerful and long lasting power source. All of society had become dependent on Elevanium, but the robots in particular would be severely limited if they had to frequently recharge conventional batteries.

A second group traveled back to 2016 to find out more about Elevanium from it’s discoverer. A third group went back to 2095 to influence the design of the robots to prevent then from being capable of turning against humans.

These were tightly connected, highly secret missions that were to span 180 days. During the course of each mission the groups encountered many obstacles as well as threats from unknown sources. It was a 180 day race to see if the missions could be completed in time to avoid a catastrophe in 2097.

This was a very long 17 hour read of 470 pages. I liked the over-all plot, but I felt there were oddities with the story. No countries were ever named in the story. Toward the end of the book there is military action, but the officers in charge call each other by first name instead of rank. The feel of the story is of one written in the 50s or 60s as there are ‘fantastic’ technologies that are used – case in point the ‘Versatool’ that each team member carries that can use a colored beam to lift objects of any size, shrink them down to miniature and blow them back up to full size. In many respects this has the feel of a Young Adult novel as there is minimal violence. There are multiple instances of Romance between team members but only with implied intimacy. All-in-all I think this is an average read. The cover art is OK, but not exceptional. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.

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