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A young girl finds a key to a time travel machine.
Imagine… What would you do if you found the key to a time machine? A twelve-year-old girl on her way home from swim practice, did just that. With her family and friends, she must solve riddles and travel back through history to find missing pieces of the time machine in order to save the world in the future.
Will they have enough time?
March 21, 1756, 8:47 PM, Appalachian Mountains.
Branches, bushes and trees flew by on the amazingly stable video display. The man’s labored breath was exceptionally clear. You could almost hear his heart pounding out of his chest. Occasionally, an upside-down glimpse of his face came into view. He appeared to be quite young, perhaps thirty, but had a look in his eyes, the eyes of an old man. A wise old man. The video oddly seemed to be recording from a camera mounted on a chain around his neck. His dirty complexion and half-inch beard growth gave hint that he had dwelled in these woods for days. The perspiration on his face and tenseness of his forehead and jaw reflected his fear — and determination. He had several scratches on his face, mostly from running through the heavy brush. Looking down, his right hand was bloody, as was his left side, where a small hole pierced his buckskin jacket at the bottom of his ribcage.
“Not… gonna… make… it!” he panted with difficultly as he stopped to gather his senses — and breath. He ducked behind a tree, concealing his breathing as much as possible. No more than fifty feet away, atop a horse so black it appeared to be a void in the already dim light, dressed in black trousers and a bright red shirt and cape was his nemesis, Bergamiser — or Bignose as he liked to call him, because of his huge red honker.
“I know you’re out there, Taylor,” the man called as he turned the horse in circles, looking each way carefully. “I know I winged you, too. Just give me the box and we’ll get ya patched up.” He tapped his gun, which was lying across his legs, impatiently. He heard a crack of a twig in the opposite direction, turned his horse and sped off in pursuit.
Taylor breathed what seemed like an hour’s worth of breath and sighed, “Thank God he’s as bad at tracking as he is at physics,” he giggled painfully. “And thank God for the trees, or the moonlight would have given me away.”
He pressed his hand against his side and pulled it away, wincing as he stared at the bright red blood on his fingers. He grunted and then continued on, hoping to reach his destination before his body failed.
Twenty minutes later Bergamiser slowed to barely a trot, then a walk. He was about to give up the chase. He was angry and it was getting cold when he saw a large lump in the path ahead.
Taylor watched as Bignose climbed down from his mare and walked over to him. His eyes closed before the man reached him. He was face down, apparently clutching something to his body. Bergamiser carefully pushed Taylor over onto his back with his foot, full of anticipation at recovering his prize — finally. Taylor had died with a grin on his face, and Bignose’s features twisted with fury when he saw what Taylor was holding in his hands — a parchment scrawled in blood that read: “NO TIME FOR YOU! HA HA! J.T.”
Get ready to hop along.
Chronicles of time follows Rick and a bunch of teenage girls as they jump to different places in time trying to save the world. He is a single father of 2 girls, caretaker of a third one and adopted dad of many of his daughters' friends. He also has something like a girlfriend who is a great lady.
The three books read as one, and they go to very interesting positions in time: Rome close to the killing of Caesar, Salem before the trials, JFK assassination and the time when Jesus was born. Of course there is a very bad guy they have to stop, a time machine, and lots of adventure.
This is a great read and a true YA. Sex is out of the question, and even when there is violence and fights, the situations pass the parenting control filters. The book has many layers. The relationship between the characters is heartwarming. The lovers of fun and adventure have a a good doze of adrenaline. And those who like history will see that the periods are well researched.
The story flows easy and the writing is awesome. Kudos to the editor as well--I saw only one typo in the whole book.
Cons: There are a couple of coherence lil things, like the effort to create the outfits when the AI of the time machine could probably make them. But they were few and didn't take me out of the story.
Overall, a great read for kids of all ages. I truly enjoyed it.
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