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Storm Portal (Quantum Touch Book 1) by [Michael R. Stern, Amy E. Davis]

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About the Author Michael R. Stern is the author of the new release, STORM PORTAL, the first book in the Quantum Touch series, a time travel tale about a history teacher whose classroom door is both a portal to the past, and a tunnel through the present. He is the Amazon best selling author of -Reflections on a Generous Generation-, a story about a generation of Americans, born in the early twentieth century, who through the trials of deprivation and war, built the foundation of the greatest country in history. Michael is a history lover. His future writing, both non-fiction and fiction, will offer perspectives on the way the past threads to the present and future, and why our past provides the guidance to understand and plan for the world we inhabit together. Michael grew up in Garden City, New York, is a graduate of Cornell University, and now lives outside Philadelphia with his family including his Wheaten terrier, Katie. After a long career in business, he is looking forward to a new career as a storyteller. He hopes you will come along, and encourages you to express the story you know you want to write. https: // --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B078XJ94C2
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Next Chapter (January 9, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 9, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3231 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 437 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ B0884CG2DQ
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Michael Stern has said that he would like to be remembered as a great storyteller. “I’ve been telling stories since childhood. I still love a good story, no matter the source.” Since he began writing as a career later in life, he has learned how difficult good writing can be, and strives to improve his grasp of the nuance of powerful storytelling. “Many good writers ply their trade, but few are great. Many good writers are financially successful because they write stories that captivate an audience at the right time. Great writers transcend time, at least in part because they speak to the human condition regardless of time or location. They create memorable characters, thrust them into conflicts internal and external, and take the reader to emotional attachment found only in a well-structured story.”

Mr. Stern began his writing career at the confluence of tragedy and opportunity. The death of his father led to his first book, “Reflections on a Generous Generation.” Initially intended as an anecdotal remembrance for his family and friends, his research expanded his appreciation of the lives of not just his father, but of a generation that changed the world, and left a blueprint for future generations to follow. After his award-winning first book, his focus turned to learning how to write fiction. “I thought that meeting people from the past, and learning from them firsthand would be a fascinating experience. Alas, as they say, once you’re dead, you’re dead. I’ve been a history buff my entire life, and one figure stood out for me—Robert E. Lee.” His interest in the American Civil War has been life long, so a time travel story seemed a reasonable next step. His Quantum Touch series begins with “Storm Portal,” a best-selling and award-winning story of a high school history teacher whose classroom door opens a portal in space-time. Not only does it open to the past, but becomes a passageway through the present, a kind of “Beam me up, Scotty” moment.

“As a student of history, I am a follower of current events, and being able to move from event to event by stepping across a threshold grabbed hold from the start. My protagonist, Fritz Russell, is the history teacher who accidentally meets the President of the United States by barging into the Oval Office through the portal. Thus begins the relationship that continues through the series. In addition to the president, the cast of characters represent everyday people who are thrust into roles requiring courage and thoughtfulness, as well as a willingness to step beyond personal safety and security in the betterment of the world.” Quantum Touch is an adventure, wrapped in political suspense and mystery, with a science fiction underpinning.

Mr. Stern lives in New Jersey outside Philadelphia with his wife, Linda, who is also an author. A graduate of Cornell University, he has pursued writing as a “perfect ending to a successful career.”

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So many aspects of this novel combine to make it a truly fresh concept, and stand out in the crowded time travel genre.

On the face of it, there's nothing unique about Michael R. Stern's travel device, which is a portal leading from one place and time to another. Numerous books and films have made use of something similar. But that's where similarities end, as our intrepid and accidental travellers here are a school teacher and his pupils. He simply opens his classroom door and walks through into another place or time.

The book opens at a cracking pace, with literally the first paragraph taking them from their school to a battlefield where they encounter General Robert E. Lee.

A later trip takes them not through time, but across the United States, straight into the Oval Office at the White House, where they meet the President. And that's when the trouble starts, because members of the White House staff are concerned that the portal could present a dangerous threat, especially as the teacher can't explain how it works, but he does come up with a way to successfully navigate where he wants to go with it.

This potential conflict becomes the main plotline throughout the story, while the teacher struggles to replicate the conditions to make the portal work.

Towards the end of the story there's a completely unexpected subplot adventure which sets the direction of how this exciting sci-fi series will develop.

Personally, I'd have liked a little more action in other places and times, but this intriguing book is well written and plotted, with the nicely rounded characters interacting perfectly. Overall, a great Five-Star beginning for what is now the author's renowned Quantum Touch series.
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