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Review of “Timeshift”


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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Teaser for “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”

I had not heard of “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” before I found the trailer. I can’t tell if the story will be good, but the trailer hints at possibilities. The premise of the move is that Time traveling agent Valerian along with his partner Laureline are sent to investigate a Galactic Empire. This is an English-language film made in France and is based on the Valerian and Laureline comic series which debuted in 1967.

I guess we will have to wait until the summer of 2017 to really know.

Review of “The Phoenix Descent”


“The Phoenix Descent” eBook was published in 2016 (March) and was written by Chuck Grossart (http://www.chuckgrossart.com). This is Mr. Grossart’s second novel.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. This Science /fiction novel is set in the near future.

The US has launched a manned mission to Mars. The three astronauts encounter a strange event that causes the AI running the mission to abort and head back to Earth. As they approach Earth, they are unable to raise anyone by radio. They are further dismayed by the lack of lights from any location on the planet. They do catch a glimpse of an odd circular fire in centra North America and decide to use their lander to investigate.

After the Mars mission was launched, a biological disaster occurred. An infection spread, wiping away most human and animal life on the land masses. Not only killing them, but transforming their bodies into spore-releasing creatures called the Riy. The Riy have only one purpose, find life and convert it to Riy.

Only a few humans survive, reverting to hunter-gatherer existence. Most are spread in small tribes across the northern and southern most areas of the planet, those places where the Riy have a harder time surviving.

There are a few humans who have survived the apocalypse in a more civilized style, living at a secret base in Canada named Phoenix. When the astronauts land, they first encounter some of the tribe members, and are able to become friends. They learn that it has been almost 200 years since their mission was launched. The astronauts learn that the ‘event’ they encountered had somehow sent them forward in time.

It is not long before the astronauts and tribe members are all confronted by troops from Phoenix. Phoenix represents itself as the savior of the human race, but as the astronauts learn more they begin to question the motives behind Phoenix. It does not take them long to confirm that much has been hidden from them. They are then challenged as to how they can both escape the clutches of Phoenix and save their new friends.

I spent about 6.5 hours reading this 370 page Post Apocalypse Science Fiction novel. It was an interesting read and there were few lulls in the action. For the most part I liked the plot. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Review of “Wishing Cross Station”


“Wishing Cross Station” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by February Grace (http://februarywriter.blogspot.com). Ms. Grace has published five novels.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are some minor instances of Mature situations. This Science Fiction Time Travel Romance novella is set in contemporary times, with time travel to about 135 years ago.

The primary character is Keigan Wainwright. He is a college student working part time in the school library. He is assigned to pick up books being donated to the library and finds special interest in one of the volumes. As he investigates further he hears the story of how there is a connection between his time and that of Wishing Cross about 135 years in the past.

He takes on the mission to return the book to it’s proper time. He sneaks into a historic theme park recreating life of 135 years ago. There, as he has been told, he is able to sneak aboard the steam engine Aurella Belle which transports him into the past. Along the way he meets Marigold Belle Sutton and falls in love. He also discovers that there are strict rules governing the time travel. These rules seem to stand in the way of any future Wainwright and Sutton might have together.

This was a short read of less than 3 hours. It being a bit of a Romance I would normally not have chosen it, but it did have an interesting Time Travel element that drew my interest. I give this novella a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review of “Earth & Sky”


“Earth & Sky” eBook was published in 2014 and was written by Megan Crewe (http://www.megancrewe.com). Ms. Crewe has published 6 novels, this being the first of her “Earth & Sky” trilogy.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are a few instances of Violence. This Young Adult Science Fiction novel is set in contemporary times. An alien race has placed Earth in a time bubble and has been manipulating Earth’s history for centuries. The primary characters are 17 year old Skylar, a High School Senior, and Win, who is a couple of years older than Skylar and one of the aliens.

Win breaks protocol and lets himself become known to Skylar. She soon finds out that Win is part of a small group of the aliens that are trying to shut down the time bubble around Earth. Despite the danger from the Enforcers who are trying to stop Win and his colleagues, Skylar agrees to help Win.

They spend several days together, hopping around time on Earth. They have narrow escapes from the Enforcers, and they soon are drawn to one another. Skylar is faced with the challenge of discovering that Earth is an experiment to the aliens, as well as dealing with her own issues that came about from the disappearance of her older brother some 12 years earlier.

I enjoyed the 6.5 hours I spent with the story. It contain adventure, a few thrills, as well as a little romance. The plot is an interesting one that gives a fresh look at time travel and alternate history. I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to 4) out of 5.

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Book Review of “Linear Shift”


“Linear Shift” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Paul B. Kohler (http://paul-kohler.net). This is Mr. Kohler’s first novel.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are a few instances of Mature Language and Mature Situations. This Science Fiction/Time Travel novel is set in contemporary times as well as in the 1940s, mostly in San Francisco and France.

The main character is Peter Cooper. Cooper is unemployed, drinks too much, is a widower and has two children still at home. He has many bills and is about to loose his home when he is approached by General Applegate, whom he vaguely remembers from his enlistment in the Army many years earlier.

Applegate recruits Cooper to join in a secret mission. A mission that will take Cooper and three others back in time to 1942. The mission is planned to slightly alter the timeline and shorten World War II. A secret society, the Global Nation Initiative, is aware of work on time travel and have been doing their best for decades to see that research into time travel is not successful. But the Society would like to see World War II end sooner.

I found the plot to be very interesting and different. Unfortunately I found the story to be a little on the dull side with some facets of the story difficult to accept, such as the trip by steamer from New York to an occupied France, then back. There were many sub plots, not all of which were really addressed in this story. Perhaps they are the seeds for a sequel. So many things happened to Cooper and his fellow travelers that the contemporary time line would be heavily disrupted. I felt that this novel had far more potential than resulted with the end product. I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to 4) out of 5.

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Book Review of “Patton’s Spaceship”

“Patton’s Spaceship” was published in 2014 and was written by John Barnes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Barnes_(author)). This is the first book in the Timeline Wars series. Mr. Barnes has published over 30 novels. This eBook is available on Amazon.

I obtained this novel for free through https://www.netgalley.com for review. This is a Science Fiction novel that includes time travel and alternate histories. The novel is written in the first person. Some of the novel is set in Pittsburgh, PA, but much of it is in other locations.

The main character is Mark Strang. Mark’s wife, mother and brother have been killed in a car bomb that was intended for his father. His father had been writing about the middle eastern terrorist group the Blade of the Most Merciful and they had responded with an attack. Mark drops out of college where he has almost finished his Phd in Art History and becomes a body guard after a second failed attack.

Years later Mark is approached by acadamecian Harry Skena for body guard services. It turns out that he has been delving into organized crime and found a link to Blade of the Most Merciful. They are now after him and he needs protection. As Mark tries to keep Harry alive, he encounters a group from a different time line – Athenians – who are at war with those who are behind Blade of the Most Merciful. Mark joins with them and takes on a mission in another timeline where he meets several historical figures who are on the loosing side of a World War II where the Nazis won.

I thoroughly enjoyed the nine hours I spent reading this novel. It was well written and I liked the characters. I also liked the different spin on time travel and alternate history it takes – several parallel universes each with a different time line. The book reminds me of stories by Harry Turtledove. I rate this novel a 5 out to 5.

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Book Review “The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August”

“The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August” was published in 2014 and is the first book published under the pseudonym of Claire North. This book is best considered Science Fiction and is available on Amazon.

This book follows Harry August, who was born on New Year’s Eve in 1918. His mother was unwed and gave birth to him in the ladies washroom of the train station in Newcastle, England. For the most part, Harry’s life was pretty uneventful, and he died in 1989.

But then, Harry was born again. Again on New Year’s Eve 1918, and he remembered his prior life. Harry finds that he never really dies. Every time his body dies, he is then reborn on that same December 31 of 1918. During his fourth life he discovers that he is not the only one who repeats their life, and in fact there is a world wide discrete network in the form of the Chronus Club of others with his condition. It only happens rarely, and no one knows why or how it happens, but out of every million or so born a couple will start repeating their lives.

With the Chronos Club to help him, he lives several comfortable lives. Then in his eleventh life as he lays on his death bed he is visited by a little girl. She is another of his kind and gives him a message to carry back to the Chronos Club when he is reborn in his twelfth life – “The World is Ending”.

Harry begins in his twelfth life a quest to find out what is going on and who is behind the changes that are bringing about a premature end to the world as we know it. The only explanation is that one of his fellows is acting contrary to the Chronos Club’s strict rules and is tampering with the normal chain of events.

This story is a very different take on time travel. I found the book well written and very engaging. I recommend it with a 5 out of 5.