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Kindle Edition eBooks Details
  • 02/2020
  • B085B7MDLH
  • 306 pages
  • $3.99
John A. Heldt
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The Lane Betrayal (Time Box Book 1)
Weeks after creating two time machines, Virginia physicist Mark Lane learns his corporate partner wants to use the portable devices for nefarious purposes. Rather than give him the chance to do so, he takes the time boxes and escapes with his family to the relative safety of 1865.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 8.00 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Heldt’s intriguing time travel tale sees Mark Lane and his family come to grips with the realities of the past. A host of colorful historical figures buoy the plot onward.

Prose/Style: Heldt’s prose is effective and engaging, painting a clear picture of a past time. Some atmospheric details, such as Mark's wife peddling twenty-first century makeup to nineteenth-century shopkeepers add vibrancy to the story.

Originality: Although time traveling is a subject often covered in speculative fiction, Heldt brings a fresh touch to it by focusing on the personalities of the past.

Character Development/Execution: A multiplicity of point-of-view characters cause the story to feel jumpy. However, Heldt’s atmospheric writing is refreshingly detailed.

Date Submitted: June 24, 2021

Formats
Kindle Edition eBooks Details
  • 02/2020
  • B085B7MDLH
  • 306 pages
  • $3.99

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