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on November 29, 2013
I could barely "put this book down" or step away from the computer more accurately, once I had begun reading.

Cool, simple, sci-fi fantasy that's just plain fun to read and entertaining without taxing the mind unnecessarily, yet still gives you something deep to contemplate every few chapters. I can honestly say it was NEVER boring. Not even once. And there were a lot of quotable bits in it, that had the power to stand alone as their own little sound bite, which I shared on Facebook after I had been charmed by the 10th or so one!!!

I really liked the ceiling/floor bit, where the nail floated back up and hovered! No more on that, though, "spoilers"!

This book can also double as a Young Adult novel, there's nothing inappropriate in it, and any pre teen or teen can identify with the things the main character thinks and goes through. I plan on having my son read it for his reading homework, it will be something he'll actually enjoy for once.

My favorite quote: "“The point here — see, I do have a point — is that keeping secrets isn’t always about hiding things. It’s also about… setting boundaries, giving yourself a chance to become… yourself."

Briggs, Paul (2013-08-27). Locksmith's Closet (Locksmith Trilogy) (Kindle Locations 3882-3883). Paul Briggs. Kindle Edition.

My only criticism is that it's worth a LOT more than $3!!!! I am not a fan of reading via computer but wow, I couldn't wait to get back this one and then it was over all too soon.

The end was perfect and now that I"m hooked I left breathlessly awaiting the next installment!
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on February 16, 2014
This was such an enjoyable book! I truly didn't want to put it down and when I had to, I couldn't wait to pick it up again. The characters were brought to life through great description and the adventures they encounter were nail-biting-exciting. I loved the twists and turns and story development that left me anxious for the next book. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure novels or science fiction, young adults on up.
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on January 21, 2016
This was a great book to read. I could not put it down. I normally don't enjoy science fiction, but this is one book that broke that rule for me. I started reading it and I could not put it down. I would highly recommend this book and now and looking forward to the next book in the series.

Well done.. Five stars

Paul Forti
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on March 17, 2015
I loved this book! It's written for young teens, but it's well-done and if you like mysteries, adventure, and light science fiction, it's a terrific story, I didn't realize it was part of a trilogy, but now that I see that, I can't wait to read the rest of the books!
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on March 30, 2014
Sucked me in from the first page. All of the characters were well developed and I can't wait for the next book to see what happens even with the minor characters. Fabulous new twist on time travel and I loved the ingenuity with which the story moves forward.
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on November 29, 2013
I've read a lot of science fiction stories, and this is as good as any and better than most, with some new angles on time travel
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on December 24, 2014
Very happy it is appropriate for teens but still interesting enough for adults. I only wish all three books were available now. There is not even a clue given as to when the next one will come out. Mr Briggs: have pity on your readers....and write quickly.
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on December 25, 2014
Interesting plot and characters. Plays with the question of tweaking the past - what impact will it have? Looking forward to book two.
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A quiet, solitary young man named Lachlan Smith moves into a new house and finds a portal to the future in his closet.

From this sentence alone, you can probably guess what type of book this is, and what things might be in store for our young protagonist.

Guess again.

This portal is no magical sojourn to a time where mankind has progressed to technological universal dominance, or struggling for survival in a dystopian wasteland. Not at all. In fact, there IS no mankind left. Only the ruins of our civilization, overgrown with weeds and left to scores of wild animals. This is a future, Lachlan (known as "Lock") discovers, that is not too distant.

So the obvious question looms over him and his neighbor and friend Gary - can it be prevented? Well, you may figure that the entire book deals with them tries to sort out the time continuum.

Wrong.

This book continually surprised me with its unpredictability. Just when you think it's going in one direction, it veers off into another, completely unexpected one. Rather than be a plot-driven story, it becomes a character-driven story, and with it we become closer to the characters as they deal with the harsh realities and tragedies that life in their own world has to offer. It becomes very introspective and philosophical, and I must say, I did not see that coming.

I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys Young Adult or time-travel stories. I can only hope that Part 2 of this trilogy comes out soon. Well done, Mr. Briggs.
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on March 26, 2014
Lachlan (pronounced "lock-lan") Smith is your typical tween boy in present-day America, and his circumstances are easy for kids his age to relate to. He's just moved to a new town, he's starting a new grade at a new school, he's trying to make friends and deal with bullies. All the while coping with a butthead older brother (who offers Lachlan, at best, benign neglect), a single mom, and a rundown home that his family recently purchased from a foreclosure sale.

"Lock" (his preferred nickname) has two issues uncommon to other boys. First, his father was killed in action not long ago in the Middle East. Second, his bedroom closet has a portal to the future. And that not-too-distant future does not include the human race.

Such is the premise of Eastern Shore author Paul Briggs' Locksmith's Closet, the first of a planned trilogy of young adult novels. Aided by his neighbor and schoolmate Gary Thalberg, Lock repeatedly goes through the portal to explore the unfriendly future, picking through the ruins and avoiding wild animals, to learn what happened---and how, if possible, he can prevent it from coming to pass within (as he learns) a relatively short 15 years.

The novel is crafted with great skill and much care. Lock is a reluctant hero, grappling with his emotions, which Briggs effortlessly, authentically conveys. The other characters are well-defined, some of them quirky and/or endearing. The future Earth (a la Life After People) that Briggs depicts is appropriately disturbing, even more so when Lock and Gary discover evidence that some...thing roams the area, dining on bears and other large animals. Ulp!

Between adventures in the future world, Lock has to deal with typical middle-school drama; mandated visits to the guidance counselor (where he discusses his problems, but does NOT want to reveal the secret portal); lingering issues with a troubled boy he used to hang out with in his old town; and a particularly inept (but nevertheless persistent) adult antagonist who apparently knows of the portal---and wants to get to it for reasons unknown.

It is in the daily life of the world of today, around the middle of the novel, where Lock seems to take his eye off the problems of the future to deal with the here-and-now. While it's perfectly in character, it does take some steam out of the story. The multitude of minor characters don't always enhance; sometimes, there are too many of them "on stage," particularly at the climax. Briggs also tends to "tell" rather than "show" what his characters are feeling.

But these missteps are but quibbles. As the book is the first of three, the reader does not get a lot of answers---indeed, as this installment concludes, the riddle only deepens. I will eagerly wait for the next trip through the portal, to see more of the harrowing future and what Lock will find there.

Parents, there are no age-inappropriate subjects or language used in this book, and the violence is either implied or restrained; there is some gore---if Locksmith's Closet was a film, it'd be PG.

I highly recommend Locksmith's Closet for young adults (ages 12+) as well as adult readers of science fiction.
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