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The Duke's Trumpet (Time and Heart Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Claire E. Smith
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Note from the author: Special fall 2013 price of .99 cents! Since fall is my favorite season, I'm celebrating with this special offer for YOU!

See why Readers Favorite gave the Duke's Trumpet five stars:

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Mimi Mockel is a timid book lover with nothing else to do on New Year’s Eve but read. She sneaks into the closed New York City Public Library, where she finds a diary that belongs to Sebastian Barkley –- a time traveler. Unwillingly chosen by the diary itself as a prodigy, Mimi discovers a new world completely different from her own. She and her thirteen-year-old-brother Albert are thrust in a world where heroes aren't read about but made. The Duke’s Trumpet is Book 1 of the Time & Heart series by Claire E. Smith.

Action starts chapter one immediately and I couldn't be happier. Prose and pacing are excellent. I instantly liked Bellator Impes, the Ambassador of Time, as I love strong female characters, despite her being on the enemy side. Claire E. Smith does an excellent job of portraying a fascinating future and keeps the past facts intact in her time travel storytelling. I also liked the combination of magic and science in this exciting take on time travel and futuristic war.

Mimi Mockel is an underdog and a lovable bookworm that everybody will root for. Her transformation from a meek girl to a confident young woman is marvelous. Sebastian ‘Bas’ Barkley is charming and annoying at the same time; I find him to be a suitable mentor for Mimi. All in all, a classic tale that is not just for young adults but mature readers as well. I can’t wait to join the cast in their next journey.

Going from shy bookworm to butt-kicking avenger isn’t easy, but somebody’s gotta do it….

All Mimi Mockel wants to do is read books 24/7. With nothing else to do on New Years Eve, she pays a visit to the New York City Public Library only to find they are closed for the evening. Spying an open window, she sneaks in and finds a mysterious book that appears to beckon to her.

She soon discovers the book is a rogue time-traveler’s diary and learns she has been chosen as the Prodigy. Suddenly, life is more complicated than Mom grounding her from her favorite library. Now she and her thirteen-year-old-brother Albert are thrust in a world where heroes aren’t read about, they’re made. And it’s up to her to save the future of 4218 from the terrible King Noctria who is winning a worldwide civil war.

When she learns that their-time traveling host, Sebastian “Bas” Barkley, is a notorious time thief, Mimi urges him to return everything he’s stolen from history, beginning with the trumpet of the legendary Duke Ellington. But Bas will only agree if she will learn alchemy as the Prodigy.

Soon she discovers a new world completely different from her own. Along the way, Mimi befriends others who are fighting for the cause. But when the cruel Ambassador of Time, Captain Deatherage, murders one of her friends, suddenly becoming the Prodigy just got personal.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2830 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Incredible Smith Publishing; First edition (January 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B3L7F5S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,841 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Time Travel Adventure March 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Duke’s Trumpet is an exciting tale of futuristic war and time travel. The author does a great job of describing an interesting future while staying true to the past while travelling through time. I really enjoyed the main characters. Mimi is an unlikely hero. She is overweight and generally has her face in a book. Mimi doesn’t see herself as a warrior, but she's willing to try to save a future she knows very little about. Sebastian, the time traveler, is quirky and fun, and an unlikely hero as well. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A spirited adventure story September 21, 2013
By mr dead
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved all of the characters in this story, even the bad guys- though im not sure all of them were necessarily bad. It had all of that same fun, adventurous nature that we saw in movies like time bandits. the whole cast has a likeable and almost endearing nature like cartoon characters do; that is how I envisioned this one.
the complexity of the story was great entertainment. it is time travel so the writer was only ever limited by her own imagination and I felt that she fully embraced it and had the whole thing roll along smoothly as the characters made their way in and out of time. some of the explanations for the nature of time and the alchemy added a nice layer of depth to the entertainment value.
it has some sad moments and some really tense moments as the bad guys pursue under orders from the tyrant King. it has a splash of romance, lots of adventure, and the whole story is infused with a gentle humor that made it such a great story to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 272 pages of non-stop, page-turning, excitement! August 20, 2013
Meet Mimi Mockel, she is teenager who is about to go from "bookworm to butt kicking avenger" in a moment's time! Mimi thinks of herself as completely ordinary. She's certainly not the thin and athletic type. She thinks she's average~~maybe even a little less than.

At the New York City Public Library on New Year's Eve 2015, Mimi discovers that the doors are locked. She spies an open window. Couldn't hurt just to let herself in, could it? She really, really needs some books to read!

In the year 4218 Sebastian "Bas" Barkley, time traveler and thief, is being pursued by the evil King Notria's Time Ambassador, Captain Deatheridge and his partner, Bellator Impes. The King wants to know all of the secrets of Bas's time traveling. Sending his diary hurtling back through time to protect those secrets, Bas keeps the Evil King at bay, this time.

That powerful diary landed right in Mimi Mockel's hands in that dark library. The diary has the power to choose the person who is to become the Prodigy, the person who will keep safe the power of time. Why in the world did it choose Mimi Mockel? That seems to be the question. The only way that Mimi will agree to be the Prodigy~~the chosen~~is if Bas agrees to return all of the "loot" that he has stolen through his years of time travel. What is the first item to be returned? None other than Duke Ellington's trumpet! Getting a thief to return his stolen goods~~not easy. But Mimi can do just about anything she sets her mind to, something that she is discovering about herself.

"Any girl that is fiercely confident is smoking-hot-sexy, no matter what they look like."

I love this quote. I wish I could go back in time and tell that to my teenage self.

This book is action packed.
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More About the Author

About the Author ...

I was born and raised in the North-West Suburbs of the great Windy City: Chicago. I've been writing since Junior year of High School in desperate hope to fend off a nasty case of insomnia that started from having strangely vivid dreams. Luckily, the writing trick worked to break insomnia, and a decade later I'm still happily addicted to writing.

During the day I'm a sales assistant for a coffee roasting manufacturing company and at night I'm a proud writer. I live with my darling and very spoiled kitty Ms. Pip in Vernon Hills, IL.

I attended both Southern Illinois University and College of DuPage where I graduated in 2008.

This upcoming year I plan on publishing In Need of Direction, Thumb's Up and the sequel to the Duke's Trumpet: The Gem of Sara Rogers out December 2013 where our heroes travel to the golden age of piracy.

My favorite things in life is a freshly steaming cup of coffee, chocolate, music, spending quality time with friends and family, Sunday mornings and being able to sleep in late. My least favorite chore is laundry and my favorite feeling is coming home at the end of a productive work day.

For more information on the author check out my webpage and my blog

Yours Faithfully,

Claire E. Smith

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