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First Epiphany Of The Time Vandal Paperback – February 17, 2016
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The book was filled with excitement and adventure through out, yet left the surprise ending ,,,I never saw that coming!
I highly recommend this book.
The “Epiphany Of The Time Vandal” boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in fictional writer Kurt Vonnegut's works. The references, intended or not, are numerous. The sense of time displacement points to Tralfamadore, the medieval post-roman Europe based plot comments Deadeye Dick sense of zeitgeist driven destiny, the character Harald Bluetooth allegorizes the (not) so ancient Viking Magnus Lundur, possibly imagined in Breakfast for Champions.
This book's basis is history itself which gives it a unique poignancy - and humor. I trust the sequel was published a long time ago.
As a general rule I am not a big fan of time travel in books and movies. too much time and effort is spent on avoiding paradoxes and alternate timelines and on and on. Sometimes it drives the story, but all too often I find that it bogs the story down or opens up gaping plot holes. Very early on in First Epiphany of the Time Vandal the reader is assured that none of that baggage will be included here. The approach to time travel is straight forward and makes way for the story itself to take center stage. This alone makes the book worth reading. When you add in the quick, but unhurried, pace, the memorable characters, and clever plot, this is a rare gem of a first outing by an author.
The one problem I had with the book was that outside of the main three characters the rest were treated as mere window dressing. Don't get me wrong, not every character needs to have a full backstory and granular detail, but there were a couple of characters that played important roles in the story but they were given short shrift through most of the book. It is an opportunity missed by the author, but only a minor flaw in an otherwise excellent book.
With summer approaching I would definitely consider grabbing this one and giving it a go. It is a quick, gripping read that will leave you hungry for the next installment (which the author assures me is in the works). I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in history, time travel, or science fiction.