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The Time Cruisers: The Exodus Trap (Volume 1) Paperback – February 7, 2013
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About the Author
Tim Frady is the owner and operator of the superherouniverse website which is dedicated to giving science fiction and adventure fans a place to share their stories and art with the public. He has written numerous online science fiction stories, and online superhero comics, as well as the book Common Sense Biblical Approach to Health and Fitness. Tim Frady enjoyed a multitude of inspirations growing up that have influenced his work, which were mostly science fiction in nature. Whether it’s old comic books, action-adventure movies like Indiana Jones, time travel movies like The Final Countdown and Back to the Future, books like The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, or classic TV shows like the Twilight Zone, it’s that same classic sense of wonderment, awe, and mystery that seem to be missing from some of today’s sci-fi and adventure genre that he attempts to bring to his stories. Making stories intelligent enough for adults and yet suitable for younger readers to enjoy as well, is another high priority. It’s his belief that good science fiction should be entertaining and thought provoking. The best of these stories, he believes, are those wonderful time travel scenarios that make the reader ask the question that forever haunts all of us in our daily lives, “What if?”
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Top Customer Reviews
The author has created a really good cast with a teenage genius and a football star (who are both in love with a blonde beauty), a professor, a Nazi villain named Bastian Wolfe, a Biblical figure I will leave unnamed, and science fiction's newest action hero, John Martin. Most of these characters are from the 1950s, and that is shown clearly through dialogue. The interactions between all the characters are great, and fit the time period very well. The language and the pop culture references used by the characters really make this feel like a classic black-and-white movie from the 1950s.
I like that this book follows a good plot but doesn't take itself too seriously. Enough humor was inserted into the story for me to have a ton of fun reading it. I really loved the plot twists. This is not a stereotypical sci-fi story by any means. The author did an excellent job of carefully implementing time-travel into the book. Paradoxes and the complexities of time-travel can be really confusing and challenging to present but the author made it all work.
The book's primary antagonist Bastian Wolfe had not only a cool name but a personality that made him interesting to read. He's an evil Nazi who never lies, and I won't give anything away but his origin is especially cool. His ongoing relationship with John Martin made me think of the classic rivalries between Superman and Lex Luthor, and Captain America and Red Skull.
It became easy to root for John Martin in his battles against Bastian Wolfe, as he was presented as a hero we can care about. What we don't have enough of in modern literature are characters that aren't full of flaws. Martin is an all-around "good" guy who does what he feels is right. There was a bit of mystery to the character as well, which I like because with Martin you don't have to know his whole back-story to understand him. His back-story is one thing I hope will be explored more in the sequel, which for me will be a must-buy.
The Time Cruisers in The Exodus Trap is fun story and easy read. Mr. Frady might not be up for a Pulitzer Prize for this one, but it's a nice first effort that's worth a look. I hope Mr. Frady might revisit John Martin at a future date; or even better do more with Bastion Wolfe.
a welder, a retired one at that. I read a hundred books a year, many free, first published, self published, and enjoy most of them.
I criticize them when needed. This book was one of the worst books ever.