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  • 09/2019
  • 9780578513348
  • 227 pages
  • $12.00
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  • 07/2019
  • B07VMZ4NXJ
  • 159 pages
  • $2.99
Myth Agent
Set over half a century, concluding at the end of World War Two, this darkly romantic period fantasy tells the tale of a paleontologist’s realization of the existence of time travel, and the impact it will have on one woman’s life - and generations to follow… In 1910 Montana, several months after the death of his friend and mentor Doctor Eyestone, science professor Ruttledge Rosenbaugh is shocked by the mysterious appearance of a feisty five-year-old girl in his secret university laboratory, claiming to be a forty-year-old woman from 1945, with no apparent knowledge of how she got there. When she suddenly disappears just as quickly, cocooned in a horrifying web, Rutt finds himself haunted by the sight he witnessed, for many years to come. Immediately convinced that the girl is a time traveler, Rutt reminisces about his archaeological exploits with Eyestone, and of the time machine his friend built. The machine’s technology is based on Eyestone’s studies of a mysterious, ancient, fossilized bone he once discovered, with “evil” powers which terrified the local native people - a bone which, when scratched from, invokes a terrifying reaction in the victim: becoming encased in a cocoon before disappearing without trace, to re-emerge at some unknown point in their lifetime. Upon discovering that Eyestone himself once experienced this very same phenomenon, Rutt resolves to successfully finish the time machine to working order. Unfortunately, the bone was stolen many years earlier, by Sherman Arront – once a student of Eyestone’s, now a bitter and hate-filled saboteur; and a man with whom Rutt has his own, personal reason to be enemies. But, didn’t Rutt and Eyestone find a similar bone on their digs, with the same strange markings of dark red red wavy lines? As the years pass, and World War Two draws to its close, Rutt is now married to his love, Professor Minnie Sayles, who has redirected her career toward historical fashion. In an effort to raise funding for her own exhibition project, she takes a consignment of several items of period clothing to a local antique shop, run by hard-working, unmarried career woman Odessa Shatto, who is engaged to handsome Cavan Carlin, now presently enlisted in the South Pacific. One day, Odessa, with her favorite customers, elderly Rosellia and Francine—decide to try on the dresses for fun and have an old fashioned tea party, Odessa herself first slipping into the an antique corset Minnie consigned. Minnie had mentioned that one of the corset stays was once repaired with a mysterious bone found in her husband’s lab – a bone which now stabs Odessa in her side as she stoops to pick up a napkin that had fallen from her lap as she sat at a table during the party. The wound is tended and dressed, but that evening, in bed, she finds herself in agony, her wound weeping a grotesque liquid, before emitting a web of silky strands which engulf and cocoon her – she knows nothing then but darkness, until she awakens the following morning. Night after night, she experiences the same terrifying episode, only now she begins to dream about meeting with Cavan in these states, intimately, and he too becoming encased in a cocoon. At her wit’s end, Odessa confides in Minnie, who asks her husband for help. Rutt immediately identifies Odessa as the young girl who visited his lab, bewildered and frightened, thirty-five years earlier. As Odessa reveals her dreams of Cavan, and the vivid intimacy they share in these moments, the professor is convinced that she regularly travels in time during these experiences, and that she is not the only one. It is also discovered that Odessa is pregnant from her time-travel intimacies – there has been no other lover since Cavan was shipped out to war. Upon inspection of her wound, Rutt finds a fragment of the bone still inside, and removes it – from this moment on, she experiences no further episodes. Now moving into Rutt and Minnie’s care, Odessa agrees to help the professor, allowing him to present her and the time machine to the meeting of an elite science academy he belongs to, as proof of time travel. Little does he know, however, that a small, malevolent group is present - including Rutt’s former jilted protégé Thomas Currington and hell-bent saboteur Peynton Longstreet, along with Sherman Arront, his rival whose interference he had been warned about years earlier. In the heckling and melee which ensues, during Rutt’s presentation, Sherman shuts himself into the activated time machine in an attempt to discredit it, only to disappear without trace, not to be seen again... The scandal and investigation which follow forces Rutt and Minnie into retirement and away from Montana; Odessa, by now a mother to NASH – a baby boy – goes with them. But, as desperately hard as she tries, Odessa simply cannot make the frosty child bond with her. And, worse still, on his stomach he bears the very same red markings as those dreaded ancient bones and the wounds they inflicted – all Odessa can do is wait, for the moment that he cocoons and disappears, too.
Reviews
literarytitan.com

Still reeling from the death of his mentor and friend, Rutt is taken aback once more when confronted by a young girl late one night in the lab. One question leads to another, and Rutt soon learns that she is not who he believes her to be, nor is she the person she appears to the naked eye. Like a bolt of lightning, Rutt is struck with the realization that the thing he has worked on, believed in, and hoped for is finally standing before him in the form of a young, lost girl.

Myth Agent, by L.A. MacFadden, features main characters experiencing time travel from both sides. MacFadden has managed to provide readers with a fantastic story of time travel while incorporating a bit of mystery. I actually loved that I needed to reread the first few pages of chapter one because MacFadden gives readers a story that could indeed be set in any time period. I found it incredibly appealing that I didn’t immediately picture the setting as far as century. This is a story that could be situated neatly in any decade, but the fact that it is tucked into the early 20th century makes it unique.

As the mother of two teens, I have spent my fair share of time watching science fiction movies and have read many science fiction novels. MacFadden’s techniques stand out among the many approaches to time travel I have seen. It’s practically ingrained in us as a part of pop culture that time travelers will somehow be beamed up or disappear as a pixelated image before our eyes. MacFadden, however, has chosen to have her characters travel in a manner much more befitting, and somehow more believable.

In addition to the uniqueness of MacFadden’s choice of time travel description, I am intrigued by the manner in which characters’ time travel begins. I love the idea that the fossilized bone is the kickstarter for the whole process. The divide between prehistoric times and the futuristic feel of time travel itself is immensely appealing in this story line.

Rutt’s story is both relatable and enjoyable while Odessa’s serves to give more depth to the story. I appreciate the break MacFaddengives readers from overly technical details, machines, and text riddled with terms specific to technology. There is, within the chapters of Myth Agent, a well-developed story line surrounding Rutt’s backstory and the way in which he comes to know and love Minnie.

I find MacFadden’s work to be much more a story of perseverance than a work of science fiction and thoroughly enjoyed both story lines, though I found Rutt’s story tugged at my heartstrings most. I would recommend this book to anyone who has yet to become fully invested in science fiction and is looking to dabble in this particular genre. This is a fabulous starter book for any reader more interested in character development than the typical elements of science fiction.

Matt McAvoy

“Myth Agent” is a lot of fun, and MacFadden’s quality is apparent right from very early on; an incredibly engaging and intriguing book, which is perfectly written by an author with a wonderful narrative voice.  This inoffensive and universal tale of time-travel is gripping, with a small streak of unidentifiable menace running beneath it, which grows very subtly in tension, eloquently setting up the reader’s anticipation by its midway point.  With its increasingly dark undertone, MacFadden’s early twentieth century fantasy brings to mind the writing of Lovecraft and, of course, Verne.

Events move quickly in this book – perhaps a touch too quickly at times, occasionally not allowing the reader time to digest and savour events, or become too heavily involved in great details.  But, the story is sound and well-structured, even though it didn’t necessarily move in the direction I was anticipating.  To be honest I was a tad disappointed that it didn’t deliver on this anticipation, or indulge as completely as I had hoped it was going to; it did leave some yearnings in me a touch unfulfilled, and without spoiling, leads toward a surprisingly downbeat culmination, without a real antagonist or payoff development of the underlying threat.  For me, I think, the real issue was that it didn’t really seem to delve into the fundamentals of its time travel aspect, nor the native American element of the backstory - I felt that it wasn’t really made clear what the connection was between the mammoth bone and the time machine, and in this respect I did find the overall product a touch disjointed.  I wonder if the book’s blurb may perhaps be a touch too revealing, its events not unfolding until late in the story and only forming one part of it.

Still, I am sincerely loath to make any criticism of “Myth Agent”, purely because MacFadden is such a tremendous author.  She is all but flawless, her language and grammar superb, and she provides a real sense of the era, which feels so authentic it could almost have been written in the first person.  Although she creates what for some could be a complicated, non-linear timeline, with confusing intersections and points of crossing, she does so without missing a beat.  Watching all the strands of this tale being seamlessly and flawlessly woven together is a pleasure to behold; there is no single error – either editorially or in the time-shifting narrative; she ties her dates together perfectly, clearly knowing the story and its characters, intimately.  This is a very clever and dedicated author, with a strong ethic of hard work and attention to detail, whose work I am very keen to read more of.

selfpublishingreview.com

Myth Agent by L.A. MacFadden is a thrilling new novel about the truth of time travel, and the desperate lengths some will go to keep that truth hidden. Bouncing around the 20th century with eccentric characters like Rosenbaugh and Shatto make this a delightfully intriguing and well-researched read, as well as one that skillfully balances science and fiction. With a great story and a deft pen, MacFadden delivers enough action and suspense for those seeking a quick escape, but also a moderate dose of head-scratching philosophy and scientific theories to give the writing authenticity and depth.

News
10/04/2019
Literary Titan Book Award

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Literary Titan Book Awards October 2019

OCT 4

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Formats
Paperback Details
  • 09/2019
  • 9780578513348
  • 227 pages
  • $12.00
Ebook Details
  • 07/2019
  • B07VMZ4NXJ
  • 159 pages
  • $2.99

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