Monday, October 14, 2019

Book Review: 'Bad Love Strikes' by Kevin L. Schewe

Bad Love Strikes by Kevin L. Schewe MD

‘Live dangerously, have fun, don’t die!’

Colorado author Kevin L Schewe, MD is a board-certified cancer specialist who has been practicing radiation oncology for over thirty years. In his Dedication note Kevin states that he and his sister share a fascination with time travel stories, and when that sister faced, fought, and survived her own cancer diagnosis, the impetus to write this book originated. 

BAD LOVE STRIKES is Kevin’s debut novel, and after experiencing this multifaceted book it seems obvious that he will become a significant figure in the literary field. Not only is this a compelling story, but Kevin enhances the tale by supplying access to a 21-song soundtrack with songs that accompany the spirit of the story, and allow the reader to become ‘an honorary member of the Bad Love Gang!’ ‘BAD LOVE STRIKES will make you feel like a teenager again and will transport you back to 1974 and 1944.’ That is the quality of caring communication that makes this book so unique – and successful.

As an additional aid to the reader, Kevin prefaces his novel with a cast of characters – the Bad Love Gang form Oakridge, TN, the added Bad Love Gang from the 1944 Rescue Mission, and the 13 rescued Holocaust survivors – a terrific and substantive aid in fully appreciating the story. Though the fantasy time travel story is fiction, the historical information it references is real, and the author’s intensive research into those details is impressively accurate. That aspect of reportage of WWII events seduces the reader to securely enter the fantasy realm of time travel as well – a difficult feat beautifully realized.

A brief overview of the plot: ‘In October 1939, Albert Einstein warns President Franklin D. Roosevelt that Nazi Germany is actively pursuing an atomic bomb and urges him to make sure that the United States develops the bomb first. Roosevelt heeds the warning and launches the “Manhattan Project” in June 1942. In October 1942, Roosevelt tells Einstein that prudence calls for the U.S. to have a back-up plan to the Manhattan Project in case Hitler gets the bomb first. Roosevelt commissions Einstein to secretly construct a usable time travel machine code named the “White Hole Project.” In June 1974, an adventurous group of teenage friends, who call themselves the “Bad Love Gang,” discover a tunnel leading to the White Hole Project. They learn how to use the time machine and become the first known humans to travel back in time and return. Their mission is to save Jews and Gypsies from the Holocaust in November 1944 by using a U.S. Air Force B-17 bomber that was known as “The Phantom Fortress.”

Skillful writing (both historical and fantastical), a zesty sense of humor, an appreciation for pop culture, and the ability to create memorably entertaining characters combine to make this an immensely impressive novel- and experience! Very highly recommended.

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.