Angels and Their Hourglasses

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Stranded in 1929, a time traveler struggles to convince a sleepy country that America must prepare to defend itself against its friends, the Japanese, in 1941.

Eighty years in the past, Ben Ryan must start again. He learns to live and love, and he plans for a future nobody wants to hear about. Then he meets Howard Hughes, who believes him and forms a consortium comprised of fellow industrialists. They prepare in every way they can without the ...

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Overview

Stranded in 1929, a time traveler struggles to convince a sleepy country that America must prepare to defend itself against its friends, the Japanese, in 1941.

Eighty years in the past, Ben Ryan must start again. He learns to live and love, and he plans for a future nobody wants to hear about. Then he meets Howard Hughes, who believes him and forms a consortium comprised of fellow industrialists. They prepare in every way they can without the backing of the US government.

The Japanese learn of their efforts, and move up their plans to attack Pearl Harbor in December 1939, two years earlier than the original history. The consortium learns this, but they're still short of planes, supplies, and pilots.

Is their hard work all for nothing?

The race is on.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983464747
  • Publisher: Quixotry
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

J.M. Surra grew up near Chatham, NY, amidst a unique assortment of area writers, musicians, and regular folks.

He lived just a stone's-throw from the Woodstock area in one direction, and West Stockbridge in the other. The location attracted a concentration of colorful and even bizarre characters, ranging from a bit unusual to the unapologetically flamboyant.

The local treasure-trove of personalities was, for lack of a better word, hippie-based. Though the flow of thought was encouraged around these types, J.M. vividly remembers his young friends refusing to play with him once, claiming he "always told such big stories."

He came by that honestly. His steel-worker grandfather told him of Scotland and taught him to speak with a proper Scottish brogue (which, despite what his friends think, he never mastered). His Dad told him of how he flew a disabled bomber back to base, and flew it all the way onto the ground, and how badly he was hurt in the crash (his injuries from that plane crash are revisited onto a character in Angels and their Hourglasses). The local VietNam vets told far different, dark and disturbing war stories, and other locals of diverse origins had their own tales to tell.

J.M. was hooked, and wrote stories throughout High School.

He loves to play the guitar, and for a long time he wanted to write songs. He says, "I couldn't write a line short enough to fit into a song. It was maddening. It took some time to recognize my storytelling gene. My mind overflows with epic-length stories. There always seems to be another one waiting to come out."

In the Mid-80s, J.M. moved to Maine, and again surrounded himself with a colorful cast of characters. He discovered a state filled with a more earthy breed of honest, hard-working people with a seemingly endless supply of dry yet humorous quips, usually spoken in the native downeast accent, "Ya cahn't get theyah from heeyah.." or "Ayuh", (Mainer for "Yeah" or "Yep").

He fell in love with Maine and its people, and lived there happily for 25 years. Time flies when you're having fun.

Due to the devastated Maine economy, J.M. has become a Texas transplant, but he still has a home in Maine. Whenever he can steal some time he zips back home to write, hike the Appalachian Trail, take in the vistas, and visit dear friends.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

    A Must Read!!

    For the first half of the book I was put into doubt as to the proficiency
    of the author. It seemed to be a half-hearted and repetitive story. Then
    it took off and I couldn't put the book down. I stayed up until 11:30PM reading. At that point the action slowed a bit and I went to bed. The next day I finished it after soaking up a towel with my tears. What a book!!! It starts slowly, then controls your interest, then wrings out your emotions!

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    Awesome book!!! Very hard to put down.

    I really got into this book right from the start and had such a hard time putting it down. I am not an avid reader and have started many books, just to stop reading them after a few chapters, not this one. It draws you in so deep that you just have to see what happens in the next chapter. So looking forward to reading the next book by this great writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2011

    Highly recommend this book!

    I won't ruin it for you, but the story in this book involves a lot of America's history of aviation - with a twist. I'm a fan of planes and aviation, and the causes of World war II, so I figured, for $3.98, why not? The story pulled me right in. I felt like I was in a movie, watching it go on all around me. I was caught off guard more than once by the twists it took. I liked it a lot!
    This is the first book I've read by J.M. Surra, but if his others are like this, it won't be my last.
    I'm kind of a hardass, so I only gave it four stars. But I was tempted to give it five!

    I Recommend it.

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