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Tomorrow's Guardian (Hourglass Institute Series Book 1) by [Denning, Richard]
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Length: 370 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Editorial Reviews


'Diving in and out of time ... there's never a dull moment as the inevitable confrontation with the villain of the piece, comes closer and closer.''s_Guardian_by_Richard_Denning

 You may think time travel is fun until you read this book. Time travel is a matter of life and death. Can't wait for the next book. James Aged 11

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Time travel could be a curse, not a gift. 

I am fascinated by alternate realities, the what "might have beens" of history and the possibilities that arise if someone could change the past. Tomorrow's Guardian is about all that.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2733 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Mercia Books; 2 edition (December 22, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 22, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H4XDVI
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By Conan B. Tigard on October 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Tom Oakley is a young British teenager, and he has recently been plagued with some very vivid nightmares. In his dreams, the people he dreams about always end up being killed. While at school, Tom experiences a strange juddering feeling and finds a short amount of time being lost. On New Year's Eve, Tom meets Septimus Mason, a strange Welshman who appears mysteriously in Tom's bedroom. Septimus explains to Tom that Tom has a very special talent. Septimus decides to show Tom what he means, and they travel back 240 million years in time. Septimus explains that he is a Walker, a powerful Temporopath who can manipulate time, and that Tom is the most powerful Walker ever to be born. Septimus begins to teach Tom how to manipulate time.

Six months later, after Tom has practically forgotten about the strange night with Septimus and hasn't practiced anything Septimus taught him, Tom continues to have dreams about people dying and has bits of time missing. Septimus shows up and takes Tom to see Professor Neoptolemas at the Head Office of the Hourglass Institute. Neoptolemas explains to Tom that the people he is seeing in his dreams are actually Walkers who died before they realized their potential as Walkers. Tom and Septimus head to a local cafe and run across Joseph Redfeld who offers Tom immortality if he were to leave with him. Tom is temped, but decides that there is something he doesn't trust about Redfeld. It turns out that Redfeld is from an alternate dimension and is a Nazi. In his dimension, which is referred to as the Twisted reality, Adolf Hitler was never defeated and rules practically every country. Now, Hitler has his eyes set on Tom's dimension for conquest and Redfeld needs Tom help him go back in the past and alter history, making it easier for his Nazi army to invade.
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"Time Travel is fun until you try it . . . " Tom Oakley is 11. He can travel through time into the past. To save the world he must sacrifice his family--a good enough hook for any teenage reader, I think!
Tom is an ordinary boy who has ordinary problems (if you can call being bullied at school and worrying about a best friend, ordinary) But he has a nightmare on his birthday--and then the not-so-ordinary stuff starts. He experiences déjà vu-type moments when time seems to get muddled, then things get more complicated when he meets Septimus Mason and learns the truth about these historical flashbacks into times past. He must make a choice between normality or power and responsibility, while travelling to different eras in time, from the Zulu Wars to the Great Fire of London.
The time travel aspect of this excellent story is well thought out and very believable, as is Tom himself and the main characters; the reader is uncertain, in places, just who are the good guys and who are the baddies--and on occasion a bit of both--just as in real life. There is a lot of adventure here to satisfy any 10+ teen reader, especially the boys, and snippets of historical action will fit many a school curriculum with just enough history to gain interest, but not so much to be too daunting. This is a book to go on every school library shelf, I think.
My only comment (being pedantic) would be that maybe the opening couple of chapters could be a little faster paced, but this is from an adult perspective; I don't think teenagers will agree. This is the first in the Hourglass Institute Series and I look forward to reading more.

Helen Hollick UK Editor for Indie Published Historical Fiction
on behalf of
--Eliza Bryan

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Initially they seemed like really vivid nightmares- suddenly Tom would be fighting in the Battle of Isandlwana in 1879, watching his men get massacred or drowning on a U-boat or burning in a fire. Then things got even weirder as Tom kept experiencing these weird déjà-vu type moments, reliving moments that he swore had already passed just minutes before. Each episode was followed by a fainting spell, and while Tom's parents thought he suffered from some form of epilepsy, Tom simply believed he was going mad. That is, until the night Seamus appeared in Tom's room and tells Tom that he's a Walker, a person capable of traveling through time.

Seamus takes Tom to the Institute, where they fight to preserve the flow of time, preventing evildoers from using time to their advantage. Tom is given the option of keeping his powers to help fight the good fight or have them removed and return to being a normal kid. But before he makes his decision, they need his help saving the lives of three other Walkers. It turns out Tom's "nightmares" are more than just nightmares, and only he has the power to do something about them!

I had the awesome opportunity to read this book, compliments of the author, Richard Denning! One of the things that immediately caught my attention when reading this book is how quickly the storyline progressed beyond the initial plot. As I began reading, I had assumed the book would focus entirely on the rescue missions, drawing them out into lengthy adventures that would fill the book. That, however, was not the case and the storyline progressed into an even larger plot before I was even halfway through the book. I love when books manage to keep me on my toes! Overall, the end of the story was a bit predictable (how often does the evildoer actually win?
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