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 Of #TimeTravel Fiction THE UNDOING OF ARLO KNOTT by @Heatherika1

The Undoing of Arlo KnottThe Undoing of Arlo Knott by Heather Child

4 stars

The Undoing Of Arlo Knott is a time travel contemporary fantasy.

Arlo Knott has the ability to go back in time so that he could change an outcome of an event. He first discovered this ability as a teenager, when he moved time during a school class. With practice he learns how to ‘unknot’ time for longer periods.

The story follows Arlo between the ages of thirteen and thirty-six. As he sought ways to feel adored and appreciated, his ‘undoing’ was not used for the most altruistic of purpose, and it wasn’t until later in life that he used it to help others when he joined the police force.

Haunting Arlo throughout all this is the universe with its cause and effect principles, and every ripple that Arlo causes in time begins to nibble at the edges of reality.

At first I wasn’t keen on this book, as the first three chapters of scene setting didn’t capture my attention as much as I’d expected. However, once Arlo began experimenting with ‘undoing’, I became much more interested in reading on. At the height of his unfastening of events, there was a chance that the story would become so complex that it became too hard to follow, but the author did a good job and I didn’t feel lost. In fact Arlo had my sympathies, at times, with how hard he struggled to produce, what he hoped was, the best outcome for a scenario. I thought the twelve weeks working in Colombia clearing landmines was a very interesting chapter and I liked the questions that it later left about what happened to Arlo’s team when they all returned home.

Towards the end of the book there are hints about the consequences and other alternatives that surround the ‘unknotting’ of time which I was interested in.  However I felt that they were only briefly dealt with, while leaving the ending very open and a little disappointing.

Overall an interesting topic which considered ‘what if’ questions that so many of us ask at times.

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Book description

What if your life had an ‘undo’ button?

Arlo Knott discovers he can rewind time – just by a minute or two – enough to undo any mistake, say the right thing or impress his friends with his uncanny predictions…

But second chances aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. As wonderful as his new life is, a mistake in Arlo’s traumatic childhood still haunts him and the temptation to undo, undo and keep undoing is too much to resist.

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