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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475161468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475161465
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,638,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

THE DESTINY PROJECT
 
An ancient artifact with powerful secrets, a rogue government agency and a Nazi nuclear weapons factory cause the lives of two women from different times to spin out of control.  World War II ended in 1945, but a bizarre incident on an American bomber on a forgotten raid over Germany now threatens the security of the United States.
 
In late July, 1947, Brittany Beardsley had reservations on a flight to Las Vegas where she was to be married the next day.  Her flight crashed on takeoff killing all on board in the fiery accident.  That she had missed the plane while her fiancé made it were not accidents. 
 
In the present time, school teacher Kate Darron's bad day gets much worse when a strange woman wearing clothes from another era knocks on her apartment door.  Kate is troubled that the woman seems to know every detail of her life.  "Who are you?" Kate asks.  "Think of me as the fairy godmother of death," the woman replies. "You shall be dead in less than half an hour."          
 
These unrelated incidents bring Kate and Brittany together as they are forced to undertake a terrifying mission across continents and time, one on which survival is not an option.

About the Author

Biography James Wharton is an American author of historical fiction, humorous and supernatural novels and short stories. His historical fiction works are action-thrillers developed on a foundation of factual history interspersed with engaging, purpose driven characters. His humorous novels are loosely based on biographical events and strange individuals he has encountered along the way. His supernatural works are grounded in credible events. Wharton is an Adjunct Professor of Economics and Marketing. At age 14 he left home to work for three years as a page boy in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. He spent four years in the military, one of which was in the Viet Nam War. He traces his lineage to the Revolutionary War with several ancestors serving at Valley Forge. He was born on February 22 (the same month and day as George Washington) in St. Louis, Missouri. He also has a strong background in aviation and archeology. Wharton attended Capitol Page School in the Library of Congress and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a nephew of the American poet Will Wharton. He married his childhood sweetheart, Carol Jo Simon, whom he loved before they ever met. Contact James Wharton at jameswharton1@aol.com Web site: jameswharton.net

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I look forward to reading the second book.
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Just say "No" to poor writing, poor ideas, poor plot, a bad book.
Cycist
The story is very engaging and was a very fun read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Killoran on September 29, 2012
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The plot was just intriguing enough that I finished it, but although it was an interesting plot, I was somewhat disturbed while reading it. Several writers have commented on the excellent writing style of the author, but frankly, I didn't see it. It reminded me somewhat of the old Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew series, which I gobbled up when I was a kid. This had that same "rushed" feel to it. Like the "hardy" boys, our heroines are luckier and cleverer than everyone around them. The action was fairly fast paced, and there was virtually no suspenseful wait to see how things developed. It happened in the very next line, or paragraph. The only thing I ever wondered about was whether these women would make it out of "their situation." That was never resolved, except for the unstated "to be continued" ending.

Somewhat of a plot spoiler here: An evil agency pops into points in time and steals people who are about to die, often in an airplane crash. Sound familiar? Science fiction fans will recognize Millennium, although the people-stealers of Millennium were actually trying to save the people they rescued to repopulate future earth, whereas the corrupt government agents of Destiny Project kidnap them to run dangerous, suicidal missions that will further their own ends. To those reviewers who used the words "totally believable," I suggest a CT scan. There may be a small tumor pressing on your logic bone. This was science fiction, pure and simple. Don't get me wrong, I love science fiction, especially time travel plots, but I don't believe it.

I was also bothered by the multiple typos in the Kindle edition. Hopefully those will be fixed. There seemed to be more toward the end than the beginning, again giving it a "rushed" feel.

If you want a quick, generally entertaining story, this is for you. I would actually give it a 2.5, but it was just engaging enough that I won't give it a 2.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By FHG on October 26, 2012
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I was a little disappointed with the slow pace and lack of real action with this novel. the numerous grammatical printing errors really started to annoy me after the fourth mistake. I started to focus on that and not the story. The story was an interesting concept, yet did not deliver.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rabid Reader on November 8, 2012
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I picked this up because it sounded like it would be a new spin on 1930's action-adventure pulp fiction, which is a genre I sometimes enjoy when I'm traveling (helps me ignore screaming babies, snoring seatmates, etc.) Unfortunately, it's not really a new spin or even a solid throwback to that genre of fiction. In fact, I'm not sure what this book is trying to be. A historical fiction? An action adventure? A weird self-insertation adventure for the reader?

As a historical fiction, it's a complete dud. Facts are wrong, situations are unbelievable. Characters don't behave like they would in the claimed time-period. Expressions of speech that didn't exist in the era are used liberally. As an action-adventure, it flops because there isn't any suspense, or twists/turns. Everything just sort of runs along like a train. The plot is obvious, the upcoming plot twists are obvious, the characters themselves are obvious. Actually, they are boring. I don't think, if this was intended to be the kind of book where you 'insert' yourself into the main character's shoes, the main character should be so boring, and honestly, dumb. It just doesn't work -- most people can't really imagine themselves as boring or dumb. This book had the elements of being a good mashup of two genres, but it falls short of that goal.

I think that also, the writing is incredibly mediocre. It's not bad, and it's not purple prose thank god. Lots of telling me stuff that isn't shown -- I'm supposed to think that a character is smart, but she keeps doing dumb things. I'm supposed to think that something is 'cool' but it's actually described later in such a dull manner that I just want to put the book down. The characters do not have distinct speech and they all talk like therapists.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ellasmom on July 16, 2012
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I completely enjoyed this book! I had a hard time putting it down and didn't want it to be over. It's easy to quickly get invested in the lives of the characters and see the action playing out like a movie in your mind. For any WWII history fans, this is a great fiction read mixed with snippets of history throughout. Excellent book!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cycist on February 10, 2013
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Wow, did I hate this book. I only finished it so I would be able to write an honest review. One reviewer likened it to the Hardy Boys books, and not in a kind way.

The writing style is.....simplistic. I'm sure a 6th grader would understand it. The plot was all over the place. I would explain the holes from a Sci Fi perspective, but I can't get myself to give the story line that much credit. Also, there is this very weird, ?lesbian?, ?sexuality? which is just, well, stupid. Either they are or they aren't. More power to them which every way they go.

AND....there may be a sequel?

Just say "No" to poor writing, poor ideas, poor plot, a bad book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stan on October 6, 2012
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Book was very well written. The story was wonderful, I couldn't keep away from the book from very long.
I think it is a great read. I hated it when I was through as I wanted more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Warren C. on February 4, 2013
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I was very disappointed with the book. As a sucker for all things Time Travel and WW II aviation, this premise seemed to be a rich one. I really wanted to like it. However, the flying elements lacked authority and there were holes galore in the logic of the plot. Every time it seemed that things might pull themselves together, the story would gloss over and carry on as before. The overall result was just too superficial a style for me to engage with. If the target readership for this book was, say, early teens then I'd be inclined to overlook the shortcomings, but I rather doubt it was. I'm sure the author is an interesting guy, probably great to hang out with and chat with about any number of things. So, I stress that my opinion of his book is strictly limited to the book. If you're into Time Travel tales that provoke your imagination and make you think, then give this a miss. Sorry, sir!
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I was born in St. Louis, Missouri and trace my lineage to the Revolutionary War and Valley Forge. That family history and two other unique experiences enhanced my interest in writing. The first was leaving home at fourteen and working three years as a page in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. The second was spending four years in the military, one of which was in the Viet Nam War where I attained the rank of Captain. My background as an Adjunct Professor of Economics and Marketing combined with experience in aviation and archaeology and an extensive study of history provide a platform from which I draw material. I attended Capitol Page School in the Library of Congress and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis. My uncle, the American poet Will Wharton, was also an influence. I married my childhood sweetheart, Carol Jo Simon, whom I loved before we ever met.

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