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Memoirs of a Time Traveler Paperback – August 31, 2012
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A wild, amazonian tourist from 2109 A.D. drags a young archaeologist of today on a chase through time, from ancient Atlantis to a nightmare future, from the American Revolution to Golden Age Hollywood, tracking down the psychopath who's rewriting history.
Sci-fi meets romantic comedy....with sword-swinging adventure!
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The author gives a convincing impression of having done his research - not having done the same research, I can't say more than that. I didn't catch any obvious wrong notes in the historical scenes, apart from using the horns of a gold statue to cut bonds (gold doesn't take a good edge; it's too soft). The plot is mostly consistent, though I did pick up what seemed to be a contradiction over whether the Time Crystal would or would not respond to instructions from the hero, and it weaves together well.
There's plenty of action, with the genetic superwoman from the future flinging around Nazi goons, as per the cover, and various other antagonists, and the narrator, a former competitive fencer, getting to use his sword skills multiple times. I do question whether someone used to fencing with a light competition saber would be able to adapt so quickly to a shorter and heavier sword, though I accept that he would be better than someone with no training.
It was clear from early on that the two main characters would get together. Considering that the woman comes off initially as a vapid airhead, with her appearance being the main thing going for her, I wasn't enthused about that development, and although her heroic desire to do the right thing did come out in the course of the book, she doesn't really develop enough for me to applaud the hero's taste. I find it believable that he would end up with her, but don't predict it working out in the long term.
The book as a whole has more depth than the heroine, and a degree of originality, and I do enjoy a time-travel story. It's fun, action-packed and generally well written, though there are some odd mangled sentences with words missing or in the wrong order which haven't been caught, despite the author's acknowledgements to a long list of people for reading over the text. It needs someone to read it upside down, backwards or aloud to pick up these errors.
If a book doesn't get my attention early, I am apt to put it down and let it sit for a while, but Molitor's writing had me from page one. It's a thrill a minute/laugh a minute adventure that will keep you entertained all the way to the end. The author has obviously done his homework. His attention to detail is impeccable and his witty dialog had the endorphins flowing - who knew that baseball, archeology and Nazi's could go together so well.
In the 1970's I did a radio show in Philadelphia and was at the Liberty Bell for the Bicentennial in 1976. Not to give too much away, I don't seem to remember the area being attacked by French warships as members of the Mohawk tribe helped the British fend them off. Either that was due to Molitor's vivid, well researched imagination or it was because I was doing rock & roll radio in the 70's. I'll opt for #1. That's just a small part of the fantastic journey that is MEMOIRS OF A TIME TRAVELER.
Baseballs and ballpoint pens, a golden Minotaur and an amazon beauty from the future who can knock your socks off in more ways than one. I highly recommend this book and you will too once you've read it. Can't wait for the movie!