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Corso opens his consuming novel with a throat clutching Prologue: ‘I watched with satisfaction as the cold steel door slid solidly shut, sealing the safe room and us three men in it from the noise and interference of the outside world. I waited a moment longer for the steel cylinders in the thick steel door to slide into the titanium receptacles built into the wall to snap shut, effectively sealing us in the safe room, tighter than a pharaoh’s tomb. I watched the professor sitting opposite me at the table open his attaché case and remove a small, state of the art, voice-activated recorder. He switched it on and then he placed it in the center of the coffee table between him and me. “Where do you want to start, Lucky?” “Let’s start when my old boss Dirk Sommerville tried to assassinate me…. “I guess something good came out of my injuries. Because as I recovered, I discovered my ability to travel in time.’ He has us locked into his novel by using some very sophisticated discussions of physiology, anatomy, and ophthalmology – all preparing us for the creature capable of time travel.
The story is complex and best distilled by Corso: ‘Because of his skills, the CIA coerced Lucky Campo, jewel thief extraordinaire into joining the agency. Time passed, and one morning he awakened to find himself handcuffed to a bed without any recollection of how he got there. After being drugged and questioned, he discovered that his kidnappers had received stolen top-secret CIA information that Campo is a time traveler. His captives eager to learn if the information they have received is true use a new type of truth serum in an attempt to get him to divulge his secret, the secret of how he can travel in time. While Lucky languishes in the hospital prison, his thoughts drift to when he was captured during a robbery and given a choice. It was either jail or join the CIA, so with no other option he joined… but with the proviso that his pal Mickey was a part of the deal. He thought of how his boss Dirk Sommerville tried to assassinate him by rigging the building with explosives and timing it to explode when he entered the building. The explosion almost killed him. His brain and eyesight were severely injured. Upon recovering he discovered that when the doctors operated on his brain they inadvertently did something during the operation, which allowed him to see the curtains of light, the gateways that cut a wormhole through time itself. He remembered how the gateways took him from the CIA to the Crusades, from the Gladiators in ancient Rome, from nuclear weapons to safe houses, until he found himself in the situation he was now in. How Lucky escapes is only the beginning of his adventures.’
Absolutely riveting writing from a master of the genre. Highly recommended for a solid night’s read. Grady Harp, March 16
My basic problem with this book is it badly needs editing, and those who have followed my previous reviews will know I am usually quite tolerant on this issue. Near the beginning, at least in my download, there is a section that appears to be a repeat (or near repeat) of a previous section. As the story proceeds, this tendency to go over things more than once persists, although not to this extent. There are references to previous books, which is fine by me, except they have nothing to do with the present story. An example is the section on Lucky in Australia. The grammar is a bit rough, and as an example, the proper use of "me" is neglected. To summarize, this book could be a very interesting story, but it badly needs serious editing and significant rewriting.
His time travel concept evolved from Einstein’ s approach: “....For us physicists believe the separation between past, present and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one.”
In book 1 of a series the reader meets Lucky Campo. He is in hospital after a terrorist explosion. “The force of the explosion sucked the air out of the room like a dragon taking a deep breath before expelling a lungful of fire. The result was comparable to a cannon shot, which pulled me, and a large portion of the room, through the yawning gap, where the window and wall used to be, causing me to fall six stories to the concrete floor below. In order for me to survive the fall, I needed a miracle..”
Lucky Campo is the man that can travel in time. The author stimulates intelligent curiosity in the reader because his characters are involved in research, in an experiment with Lucky to find out how he travels to the past followed by the immense value of such a feat for the advancement of science and technological capacity of earthlings, and the capacity to accumulate wealth in other past lifetimes and bring it to the future.
Lucky was a CIA agent who managed to take Bin-Sadr, a terrorist chief into captivity and through the portals to another place. Terrorists are psychos. They happily to blast everybody else in that building directly to Allah if they get half a chance. The American Security Forces are on high alert. His forces had an excellent response time, so he knew they’d be there fast, but that didn’t make him any less tense. The insidious danger of these terrorist cells was that they could be operating anywhere in the country and manage to stay off the radar until it was too late before they had a chance to complete their work.
Lucky was injured but with medical intervention found that he hadn’t lost his sight. He could see differently than a normal person. Every object emitted a life force or aura, which he could see clearly. Every tree, animal, plant and even inanimate objects emitted energy. Everything he looked at glowed with life. An energy field hovering in around the ground was pulsing with light but it wasn’t coming from an animate or inanimate object. He couldn’t figure out how this particular energy existed without coming from an object. He walked over to the energy field and walked around it. He even walked through it.
This passage inspired the cover of the book where we see a man with phenomenal capacity, able to see the invisible, or not?. The author enjoys describing his surroundings, some so strange and others again so part of our daily lives, in order for the reader to hover between reality and a illusion or what?
“ The night was gloriously cool, and the stars shone brightly, especially with my supercharged vision. I could appreciate more than ever how beautiful the stars appeared, their silver light shimmering and sparkling with the radiance of a million jewels.” Lucky was at another place, another time, at the same time. How can a person do that?
Presently he is physically in a hospital bed under surveillance in an experimental lab. The professor analyses Lucky condition:” the patient actually believes that he is a time traveller and the lie detector readings indicate that he is telling the truth and I do not in any way disprove his claims that he is a time traveller. Therefore, it proves one of two things to me. Either Lucky Campo is indeed a time traveller or he isn’t, but truly believes he is. The fact that Campo actually believes that he’s a time traveller intrigues me. If I continued with this line of questioning with the patient, it would be the equivalent of traveling in circles and quite possibly could take months to discern the truth. The only way to prove that Mr. Campo can or cannot travel in time that will determine if he is delusional is to do as he suggests, and have him demonstrate before witnesses that he can in fact travel through time. How he will accomplish that feat, I have no idea.”
But Campo has assured the professor that it is a simple matter to prove to anyone who accompanies him that he is indeed a time traveller. After considering his limited options, they are not concerned about him escaping, because the professor has the only key to unlock his titanium hand and leg restraints and will be under surveillance.
For Campo, to be studied can prove that someday, others may gain insight into following in his footsteps. If he has the ability to time travel then it is certainly possible for the scientists of the future to replicate it in others. Einstein was correct he thought. The past, present and future are happening at the same time. If he can exist both in the past, and his present, that could only mean one thing and that is… he is living simultaneously in both centuries.
Campo has another lifetime in the 12th Century. Find out if he is the same person he is today. What does he learn in the past and how can it affect the future? We encounter insightful, extraordinary supernatural and mystical situations when he goes through portals to the past. He becomes a bizarre creature, spreading black magic besieging armies turning tails and orders the king. Superior powers:
The concept I find amazing is how Lucky manages to use the energy fields around reality, creating a space between bars, reverse his body to fit and go inside a portal toward another reality? Or illusion? He goes to the past and reaps rewards for the future, marrying into royalty....Is it delusional time travel fantasy?
There is another question : How does Lucky explain when: “one feels like being in purgatory (between worlds), constricted, suffocating? Is that the author’s concept of Hell?
Lucky was instrumental in capturing Abu Bin Sadr, an Islamic terrorist, who had quietly snuck three suitcase nuclear bombs into New York City and were planning to detonate one in the Big Apple and the other two in major American cities. They did such a good job in capturing the terrorist and retrieving the nukes that Johnny Long the East Coast Director of the F.B.I. wanted to hire them. Before Lucky loses his ability to create a gateway on the fly, he travelled back in time and bought Microsoft, Apple, Motorola, Goodleigh and a few other “A” rated stocks at pennies.
A new phenomenon, riches can be manoeuvred through time travel. Lucky Campo wants to prove he is not a fraud or disillusioned. As readers we know Lucky has a bright future:
He retired a few years prior and now he is devoting most all of his time to inventing “things.” Some of his inventions are inspirational and others of commercial value. In the latter category, there is the egg cracker. It works by tension and percussion. He intends to pair the egg cracker with a yoke separator and market them commercially for a dollar. Another invention is called the Laser Smoke Penetrating Device. A laser is used to cut through dense smoke, clearing a visual path, allowing fire fighters to see. The author reaps fruitfully from his experience in the FDNY.
In book two we will meet Lucky again with amazing inventions and capabilities.
29 March 2016