Sunday, February 25, 2018

Book Review: 'The Traveler' by Fredric Shernoff

Florida author Fredric Shernoff is the author of the "Atlantic Island" series, the Silo Saga story "Angels of the Earth," and "Doing the Job." His latest release, the time travel novel "The Traveler," is available now!

Time travel genre books either take you with them or remain as interesting fantasies that somehow fail to involve you. In general that is this reader's view of science fiction - if the characters who are apparently the touchstones of the story to whom we can relate and make the bizarre imaginings reasonable are enough like someone (even though they may be a bit edgy) we have met or know or have heard stories about.
Fredric picks up on this challenge and in a very short time (the first couple of pages) we are comfortable with the person who is the time traveler - and so we care enough to proceed with the story. To wit, Frederic first paragraphs are as follows: `I was thirty two years old the first time I traveled into the past. It happened suddenly one night. Somewhere between the time when my wife Helena got up for more popcorn and when she returned to the couch to continue watching our sitcom of the evening, I disappeared from my home in the year 2013, went somewhere else, and returned. Helena never suspected a thing. For my part, I had no idea what had happened. I had the slightest sense of light-headedness. Almost a change in pressure like you'd experience taking off in an airplane but without the ear popping. I just felt weird and then I felt normal again. I just realized I told you that I went "somewhere else." That's not really true. I never left my location. What happened was I went `somewhen else'. I wish I could let you know when exactly that was, but it all happened too fast to tell. Like I said, I didn't have a clue what had happened to me.' We know we are in good company and are more than willing to take this adventure with Daniel Wells.

The author's summary is brief but sufficient; `Daniel Wells has just discovered he can travel through time. On a simple sightseeing journey to his own past, Daniel makes a terrible mistake, the consequences of which will threaten not only his life but the very fabric of the universe. Daniel will have to dive even deeper into his past to make things right, but when he meets the beautiful Suzy will he still fix everything or will he abandon his real life forever?' A fine mixture of madness and intrigue with a hefty dollop of the unexpected that we expect form Sci-Fi/Time Travel stories.

This is a fast and comfortable read that makes us think and consider elements of thought we may not have visited before Fredric Shernoff. Good writing! Grady Harp, August 15

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