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Time Jump (Halcyon Gate Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

J. M. Preiss
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It is the year 2150. An earth shattering experiment is about to take place. Everything has been properly calculated, calibrated, and triple-checked for accuracy. Nothing can go wrong. Jacob Brown and Mason Smith are ready for their mission - they've trained their whole life for it - and nothing is going to stop them from stepping through the gate into the past.

At least, this is what Jacob thought. The night before the mission, he knew that the technology was going to work. He didn't have any jitters or misgivings. He knew he would see his wife again. It was only a matter of time.

That thing that separates the past from the present and the present from the future. It is a concept that we finally gained a greater understanding of with Project Halcyon.

Project Halcyon.
A great undertaking which is going to propel the Human race to new heights. By stepping through the portal into the past, Jacob and Mason are going to embark on a mission that changes everything.

Having stepped through the portal. It is obvious. Something went wrong. Something went horribly wrong...

Time Jump is the first installment of the Halcyon Gate series and follows Jacob and Mason on their harrowing adventure through time. Just what happens when these two brave men step through the Gate into the past?

***UPDATE: 02/12/2015***

Cover has been updated, and an update to the content of the book to correct for errors and content is coming down the pipe. I want to thank everybody for the comments and criticisms that they have left in their reviews on this novel.

- JM

Editorial Reviews


"What starts as a simple mission through a newly formed time portal develops into a more complex situation as the story unfolds.

There are some thoughtful ideas within the story that are played out. Whilst at times it might seem a little slow paced and perhaps one of the main characters seems a bit underdeveloped or don't understand quite why that happened you find the reason why at the end which is an interesting twist.

Time is spent setting the scene/ exploring the characters/world where they came from and where they ended up after going through the portal but it still has a good amount of action and suspense in it ...... which is why I am trying to avoid giving too much of the plot away.

My only rant is that it is the first of what is likely to be a trilogy and it ends with only some of the questions answered ....something I would have liked to know before I started as I am impatient to know what happens next!" -- review

Product Details

  • File Size: 382 KB
  • Print Length: 159 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078832F2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Four and a half ENJOYABLE STARS! "Time Jump" by J.M. Preiss is the first book in the Halcyon Gate saga and details the adventures of the first humans to travel in time. In the future, the Halcyon project in Ireland is set to benefit mankind by sending a two-man team, Mason and Jacob, on its history-making mission, but the deployed team is immediately puzzled by what they find and who they meet. Then comes the shock of where they are in time and space. The team must sort out whether and how to complete their mission. Failure is not an option. Skillfully written with short chapters and minimal plot holes, the author quickly advances the plot line and bolsters it with baffling circumstances and interesting characters. This novel takes us beyond the usual 'time travel' fare. Again, this is Book 1 of the Halcyon Gate Saga. Highly Recommended. Four and a half ADVENTUROUS Stars (Review is based on a Kindle download of 257 KB ~159 pages)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very different , but I enjoyed it November 28, 2012
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A very different out come on what the two main characters had planned on their time travel trip. Instead of going back in time to correct a wrong, they end up way in the future and it is not very pleasant. Really kept my interest, and was a page turner. I could not wait to see what happened. Well written, and not a lot of repetition to fill the pages.

Good read if you like time travel stories especially if you like theories on the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time. Literally.... April 12, 2013
By Dave B.
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I got sucked in just enough to want to see how it ended – and when I got to the end – there was a note about “enjoying the next installment” or some such thing. Are you kidding me??? Drag me through this poorly written book and then not give me and ending? Unbelievable…
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm fascinated with Time Travel July 29, 2013
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I bought several books on time travel all on the same evening, and this was the one that I was able to "get into" first. I read the whole thing, and for the most part I enjoyed it. Some of the initial concepts were good about the future society the travelers come from and the theory and machinery used to accomplish it.

A mistake in co-ordinates - or was it intentional? - has sent them plummeting into a future dystopian society, and not the past as was the plan that they knew of. Honestly, after the book got going the future was pretty boring. Their wanderings lead them to the sort of civilization that is left in that future, small pockets of people in mysterious towns with secrets. It never became very clear, or all that exciting, just what was going on. Were there were opportunities to create grand characters, be they heroes or villains, it sort of fizzles. The growing friendship between the two travelers wants to be a "buddy picture" sort of camaraderie, but never quite makes it.

I enjoyed the book enough to finish it, not knowing that it is the first in a series. I'm not sure there's enough story to stretch to multiple books, but I'll check out the sequel to find out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The concept was intriguing. Two men in the future thinking they were going to go into the past to convince those "in the know" to build a means to travel through time but instead end up 20,000, give or take a few thousand years, in the future. It could have been a good story but the book is filled with misspellings and is very poorly written. I found that as much as I wanted to like the characters, their constant, almost childish, banter put me off. I'm afraid I found the story boring, not engaging. I did read it to the end and saw how it would lead into another part of the story but I'm afraid I have no interest in moving on in the series. Some serious editing needs to be done to Time Jump and I would hope that the next part of the series has been looked at more closely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Time Jump is a misnomer. December 10, 2014
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It should have been called, "Time Waste." I will reiterate what other reviewers have said. The grammar and other errors are disconcerting. The author doesn't know the difference between further and farther. He continually uses "off of." There are misplaced words and other obvious mistakes not caught by proofreading. In addition to the poor writing, the story isn't very exciting. Not what you would call a page turner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story idea — shallow telling February 21, 2014
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Pros: Excellent sequencing, outlining, character choices, imaginative processes, and action. Cons: weak character impetus which leaves all other things somewhat shallow. Explore motivations much more deeply and the relationships, triumphs, and failures that evolve when mixing those motives between various characters. Good effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Vinny
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The story was pretty dumb. In fact, it was a juvenile shoot-em-up SF time travel tale, rather banal and very predictable, and lacking imagination or creativity. I was ultimatley unable to finish reading the story, due to its major deficiencies.
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J. M. Preiss is a native of the state of Texas, and still lives there today.

He is passionate about telling stories that people enjoy reading.

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