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Written in Time Mass Market Paperback – October 26, 2010

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About the Author

Jerry and Sharon Ahern have published over 80 novels in the categories of general fiction, science fiction, horror and adventure, with sales figures in excess of ten million copies. Their series “The Survivalist,” a post-holocaust science fiction adventure series, has continued for nearly three decades and is currently enjoying high sales in audio versions. Their story “Silent Pace” was nominated for a Horror Writers of America award. Jerry is a leading expert on holsters and concealed weapons and a frequent contributor to Guns & Ammo magazine. Sharon is also a magazine photographer, with her b&w and color photos internationally published.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Edition Unstated edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439133999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439133996
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,800,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book covers no new ground. The "laws of time travel" and physics used are OK and don't have to be original to support a good story. The book reads like a Tom Swift novel, written for teens. That's also OK, but the dialog is mediocre to poor. I'm a sucker for parallel worlds and time travel fiction, so on my 10 scale this gets a 3 to 4.
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Written in Time (2010) is a standalone SF novel. It is about a family that travels back into time. It is set in three eras and three states.

In this novel, Jack Naile was born in Chicago and moved to Northeast Georgia when their daughter Elizabeth was two years old.

Ellen Naile is Jack's wife. She too was born in Chicago and gave birth to both David and Elizabeth in that city.

James Naile is the son of David and is married to Mary Ann. He is the CEO of Horizon Industries. He lives in Central Wisconsin.

John Naile is the son of James and is married to Audrey. He is vice president of Horizon Industries.

In this story, John and Audrey are visiting his family. Neither are sure why they have been invited this time, with all the work that John has piled on his desk. But they are always willing to spend time with his parents.

James and Mary Ann have a special reason for the invitation. She takes Audrey into the kitchen to help prepare lunch. He leads John to the family bomb shelter.

John is aware of the three floor shelter, but James shows him a fourth level. Within the hidden area, James shows him some information that comes from the future and tells him that Jack and his family had gone through time. Then he goes to the television.

John wonders why they are watching As the World Turns, but the program is interrupted to announce the assassination of President Kennedy. James explains the circumstances and consequences of the assassination and other future events. Then they discuss the ethics of withholding such information from the authorities.

In 1993, Jack receives a copy of a 1903 magazine photograph showing a general store in Northern Nevada with the name Jack Naile on the sign.
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I really wanted to like this book, but by the time I finished it I was extremely frustrated with the author. First things first, I really liked the main characters in the book, they were well developed and believable. Secondly, the story was extremely interesting and not overly burdened with technical mumbo jumbo. I did NOT find it full of right wing, wacko conservative ideology or gun toting over the top NRA marketing as others have stated. Now for the bad news......PLOT HOLES!!! (a big deal is made about Ellen not being in the picture and finally when the picture is taken, she is in it and NOTHING is said about it) I found myself having to go back and reread certain parts because I thought I must have missed something only to realize it was another plot hole (I still haven't figured out the electrical outlet box David found or the "mystery" of the Seacamp 32). The prologue is a nice touch but never mentioned again. And last but not least......the ending, if you can call it that! Seriously, what a complete let down. You spend the last 250 pages building up to nothing. Overall it was a great idea that was poorly executed.
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As a reader and a writer, Jerry and Sharon Ahern's books of the late 80s, early 90s (e.g, Track, The Survivalist, The Takers) had a big impact on me. Today I've done a complete 180 from their politics (which I think I'd describe as right-wing but not knee jerk right wing; the main character in Written in Time keeps Ayn Rand's Anthem on his bookshelf and brings tha book, and the Bible, with him into the future). That said, if you enjoy what is (often derisively and unfairly) labelled "genre" fiction and detailed descriptions of guns and gun gear and action-battle you'll enjoy this book. Is is Jerry and Sharon's best? I'd say not, only because John Thomas Rourke's adventures in The Survivalist will always be--for me--the seminal work by this couple. But is is good fun!
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This is one of the worst books in the genre that I have ever encountered. Don't let that turn you off; you'll have a good time reading this book.

I hope that the family in this book is not based upon the authors' own. If it is, I hope to never encounter them in real life, as they are among the most ignorant people imaginable. The plot begins with the main character receiving a photograph that appears to be his family in the old west. Instead of seriously questioning the origin of the photo, they simply accept the fact that they will somehow be sent back through time and begin preparing for it.

I will not spoil any more of the plot. I will say, however, that it is full of wallbangers and that the dialogue is absolutely terrible. The adventure is worth it if you can suffer through the writing.
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I was a huge Jerry Ahern fan in the 1980's and loved the Survivalist and Defender series. I was so excited to see the Aherns were releasing a new book and bought it from a local bookstore as soon as it was available. Unfortunately the book falls short on most of my expectations. As the story takes place in 1993 I believe this book was written in the late 80's or erly 90's and just published in late 2010. The thing I really liked about Ahern's writing was he was always technically correct when it came to firearms, gear, and knives. Thankfully that was still consistent thru the storyline. Unfortunately, a lot has changed in the almost 30 yrs since he retired from writing. Although the old west firearms are correct everything else modern is dated. This is where most of my negative impressions come from as the book is quite dated and musty for a recently released sifi novel. The book also has a rushed first draft feel to it and could have used some agressive editing to make the story flow better. If you liked Ahern's early stuff this book still has that feel but it just doesnt work for some reason.
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