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About the Author

Tim Chaffey is a writer and editor at Answers in Genesis. An apologist with a passion for training young people, he speaks regularly at the Creation Museum, camps, schools, and churches, and has authored numerous books. Joe Westbrook earned a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and works as a Medical Technologist at a VA hospital in Iowa.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Truth Chronicles
  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Risen (April 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984093133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984093137
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The characters are realistic, the dialogue is fun, and the pictures are fantastic.
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The books are packed with action, adventure, and suspense which make readers want to read through the whole book in one sitting.
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Each of my three kids--ages 8, 10, & 14 -- read all three of the Truth Chronicles and loved them!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ASourceOfJoy on April 21, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
This first book in "The Truth Chronicles" trilogy is stepping in to fill a big gap that I see in current literature: solid Christian fiction for younger readers. Authors Tim Chaffey and Joe Westbrook have done an incredible job of tackling real-life issues that today's teenagers face (evolution, sharing faith with unsaved friends, relationships), and giving Biblical answers in a way that does not come across as preachy or cheesy.

Very suspenseful and action-filled, this book is sure to keep the attention of younger and older readers alike, while at the same time presenting solid Scriptural truths that will impact lives and serve as excellent discussion-starters.

Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wayne S. Walker on January 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
Did dinosaurs live seventy million years ago or just 4,500 years ago? It's the year 2015 and Jaxon (Jax) Thompson is a sophomore student at the prestigious Silicon Valley Prep School. A few years before, Jax's dad, Dr. Jeff Thompson who was a famous research scientist, was involved in an explosion at his laboratory and is presumed dead. Jax, who used to love going to church when he was younger but now bitterly blames God for what happened to his father, and his partner Isaiah (Izzy) Weber have used some of Dr. Thompson's work to invent a time machine for their school science fair. Their friends JT Bankers and Micky Simmons have invented a hover technology for the science fair.
To test the machine, Jax and Izzy set it to go back seventy million years to see some dinosaurs, but nothing happens. However, the next day they test it again by setting it to go back 4,500 years to ancient Egypt to do some research for a paper that they're writing on the pyramids. But what do they find? Dinosaurs! Izzy gets into trouble with an allosaurus, so Jax has to go back and bring JT and Micky with their hover technology to save him. Did the time machine make a mistake and send them back the original seventy million years instead of just the 4,500 years? Will Jax and Izzy be able to enter their machine in the science fair? And is it possible that Jax might use it to find out what happened to his father?
I purchased this book and its two sequels, The Contest and The Rescue, at the Creation Museum bookstore in Petersburg, KY. With the Japanese style anime drawings on the cover, obviously intended to attract teenagers, I just assumed when I first saw them that they were graphic novels, for which I do not care, but they are not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sirius Knott on November 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
As I've mentioned before, any book I review that's aimed at young readers gets read to and flitered through my kids. If they like it, it gets a good review. If my kids don't like it, well, the author isn't going to like what he reads here. Tim Chaffey and Joe Westbrook have absolutely nothing to worry about! My kids, especially my eldest, thoroughly love this book!

I first met Tim Chaffey at the 2010 Answers For Pastors conference. He's as as brilliant and genial as he is tall - and he fairly towers above most of us! I'd only recently heard of the The Truth Chronicles at that point and, with a feeling they were right up my eldest kid's alley, I asked him if I could have a copy to review. He generously provided me with signed copies of all three books in the series. After the conference, my wife and I read them all at once and were delighted with the characters, the story and the message. I was right; this was right up our son's alley! I couldn't wait to start reading it to him to get his reaction.

We read The Time Machine, Book 1 of the Truth Chronicle series (from Risen Books), as a chapter book (one chapter each night). Filled with humor, adventure and wonderful illustrations by Melissa "Inkhana" Mathis, this book delivered in all the right spots. Each night, whether the chapter ended in a cliffhanger or not (and there are plenty of those), my son was always asking, "What happens next?" With a wink and a chuckle at his obvious enthusiasm, I assured him he'd find out next time. Which is to say, it reads well as a chapter book. For the record, both my boys love this book.

In case your wondering what the big deal is, this series tells a wonderful science fiction tale of time machines, dinosaurs and hovercraft and uses it to present Biblical truth and Biblical history.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Debbie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
"The Time Machine" is a science-fiction adventure for boys and girls about age 8 to 14. This fast-paced, humorous adventure had an anime/manga flavor to it. There were black and white illustrations--about one per chapter, and the chapters were short.

The world-building was sketchy (it's vague as to when and where the present day events occur), but I don't think most kids will notice or care since Middle Grade fiction often spends less time on details. The characters were engaging, interesting, and acted in realistic ways. I cared about what happened to them. I also liked the ending. It wasn't necessarily what one might expect, and it turned out that way for a good reason.

There was a Christian element that was worked realistically into the story. Jax refused to go to church like his mom wanted him to because he didn't understand why a loving, all-powerful God would allow his father to die. Also, JT believed the machine really took them back 4,500 years while the others believed the machine glitched and sent them back to the previous entry, 70,000,000 BC, because there were dinosaurs. However, these issues were only briefly touched on. The story was a potential discussion-starter rather than slowing the pace to give detailed answers in the story itself.

There was no bad language or sex. Overall, I'd recommend this novel as well-written and exciting clean reading for kids.

I gave this book to a friend--a girl who's turning 13 years old next month. She read the entire novel in one night and told me the next morning, "It was SO AWESOME! I put it down and tried to go to sleep, but I just couldn't until I knew how everything turned out. So I finished it. And what a twist at the very end! When is the next book out?"

I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.

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