Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #TimeTravel Fiction THE FAIR(Time Box Series Book #2) by John A Heldt

The Fair (Time Box, #2)The Fair by John A. Heldt

3 stars

The Fair is book two of the Time Box historical time-travel series. Book one introduced us to Mark Lane and his family who travelled back in time to escape a business partner who wanted to use the time machines for immoral purposes. Mark’s furious partner sent an assassin after the Lanes and this book continues with the chase through history.

After a nail-biting escape from 1865, this story is set mainly in 1893 and the author uses Chicago’s World’s Columbian Exposition as part of the story-line. Much of the focus is on the new friendships for the Lane’s three oldest children, while the threat of being found once more by the assassin is always in the background.

I really like the concept of the time boxes, and the potential they have to change the future is mind-blowing. However, I didn’t think that this book advanced the time box theme enough. For me, the focus on friendships missed character development opportunities, while in other areas some of the historical facts felt shoe-horned in rather than believable.  I was also disappointed by the repetition of simplistic words (turn, laugh, look) and the overuse of clichéd phrases.  I never felt the author’s own voice got a chance to shine through.

So overall, I like the time-box theme, but the writing style was far too safe to lift this story to its full potential.

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Months after stealing two time machines from a madman who wants them back, the Lanes, a family of six, seek safety and contentment in 1893, the latest stop on a journey through time. While parents Mark and Mary find relief at Chicago’s World’s Columbian Exposition, an extravaganza of science and splendor, children Jeremy, Laura, and Ashley find romance, friendship, and thrills.

Older son Jordan, meanwhile, heads west in search of answers. Grieving the loss of a lover from 1865, he travels to Virginia City, Nevada, where he integrates himself into a storied mining community and the heart of a pretty library clerk.

Billionaire Robert Devereux could not care less. Reeling from the theft of his million-dollar devices, he sends an assassin to the past to retrieve his property and rid the world of his former business partner and his troublesome clan.

Filled with humor, heartbreak, and suspense, THE FAIR follows a modern family on the adventure of a lifetime as they navigate their way through an unforgettable year in American history.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #TimeTravel Book THE LANE BETRAYAL by John A. Heldt

The Lane Betrayal (Time Box, #1)The Lane Betrayal by John A. Heldt

4 stars

The Lane Betrayal is a time travel historical novel and book one of The Time Box series.

This story begins in Virginia; physicist Mark Lane helped to create time travel machines, but his business partner wanted to use them for immoral purposes. Mark stole the time boxes and took them with his family back to 1865, where they arrived at the end of the American Civil War. Aware that Mark’s partner might try to follow them, he and his family tried to blend in and not change too many timelines.

Mark was correct and within a few weeks an assassin was sent after them using a beta travel machine. They urgently needed to leave for another time, but unfortunate circumstances prevented this.

This was a good start to a series; the author used a mix of real characters and events to keep the narrative interesting. I liked the time travel aspect, it helped create lots of tension and issues. I was surprised at how relaxed all the members of Mark’s family were with regard to changing future time lines with their actions and conversations; if there was one point I would have liked to see more of, it was their dilemma over the ripples in history that they might have altered.

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Book description

Virginia physicist Mark Lane has a problem. Weeks after privately creating two time machines, he learns his corporate partner wants to use the portable devices for nefarious purposes. Rather than give him the chance to do so, Mark takes the time boxes and escapes to the relative safety of 1865.

For Mark, wife Mary, and their children, the adventure is a chance to grow. Mary runs a business. Jeremy, 19, and Ashley, 12, befriend escaped slaves. Laura, 22, finds her place as a nurse. Jordan, 25, falls for a beautiful widow. All hope to find peace in the past.

Billionaire Robert Devereaux has other ideas. Shortly after Mark’s betrayal, he sends an assassin to 1865 to retrieve his property and set matters straight.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT The World Behind Us by @heyThomasTrang time travel #crime

Today’s team review is from Karen, she blogs here

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Karen has been reading The World Behind Us by Thomas Trang


This book introduces you to Ray Ranglin who is once again contacted by The Corporation – to travel back in time and “obtain” some pieces of art.

With The World Behind Us, Thomas Trang has created an interesting mix of time travel and crime. It took me the first chapters to get into the story; Ranglin is of sufficient depth, quite likeable. Thomas Trang created a story mainly focussed on Ranglin and Paris during WWII, therefore the other characters do not require the same depth. The plot turns slowly but surely into a thrilling story, comprising some interesting turns, and developing a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like the combination of time travel and crime in novella length, and stories which might one day be filmed.

Book Description

Ray Ranglin thought he was done with The Corporation, but it turns out they weren’t done with him.

So when his old boss makes him an offer he can’t refuse, Ranglin finds himself in Paris for the art heist of the century.

Last century, that is.

This is the Paris of smoky jazz clubs and black market politics, a city where people move in the shadows of Nazi occupation. Django Reinhardt and Hermann Göring make brief appearances.

This is the story of time-travelling thieves and assassins who have quietly shaped the course of history, plus the CIA agents hot on their trail. There’s action, romance, chain-smoking and guns. Lots of guns.

This is . . .The World Behind Us.

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