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Posted May 18, 2013
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Tom Evans learned to time travel when he was young. It was the result of a head injury he received when he was in an auto accident. Now he simply imagines a time or place, and, as if by magic, he is there. Tom's eyes and attention have been snagged by an enigmatic smile and a pair of brown eyes in a photograph on the back of a local newspaper, which propel him into a small, mid-west town in the 1920s. The owner of the eyes and smile is Elizabeth Howard, who works at the local Woolworth's. Tom goes back to the present day and brings back some modern-day cosmetics, which he puts in bottles and jars. He introduces himself to her as being in the cosmetics business and asks if she'll test his products. The ploy works, and Tom soon finds living in the past to be more to his liking than being back at home.
"Time Warped Travelers" is a lot of fun, and Robert Westfall's attention to details really makes the 1920s come alive. This is a zany, science fiction story that moves quickly and carries the reader along in a stream of wisecracks and banter. Tom is a great main character, feisty and irreverent, and Elizabeth is easily his match. Their banter as they swig coke-infused Fokes and carry on a raunchy and hilarious romance kept this reader chuckling throughout the book. Science fiction as enjoyable as "Time Warped Travelers" is hard to find. Add to that a real glimpse of small-town life in 1922, and you have one highly entertaining book.
Posted May 18, 2013
Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite
In the book “Time Warped Travelers” by Robert Westfall, the drama unfolds when Thomas Evans, a self-professed con artist, sees a newspaper ad about a pretty lady, Miss Elizabeth Howard, a cosmetics manager at Woolworth’s. So, the 20 something closes his eyes and pops up in the decade of the 1920s. They meet, get high, drink and have lots of steamy sex. But Elizabeth has a problem: her father has financial problems and her mother is dying. So Thomas “times” back to his modern-day apartment in Ohio equipped with spy cameras. He melts down gold and conspires with G, a dirty cop, Mama Louisa, a crooked pawn shop owner, and Giuseppe, a shady dealer in stolen goods. But Miguel Colidias, his benevolent guardian, warns Thomas about the Clock Watchers, rogue time travelers who threaten to stop Thomas’s efforts to help Elizabeth.
This book is worthy of critical acclaim and literary recognition. “Time Warped Travelers” was truly exceptional. Although there are lessons to be learned, the delivery of the messages through an upbeat, laid-back tone made it a cool thing. The language is graphic; it is part of Westfall’s street smart, humorous style. It is fast-paced. The 1920s slang, e.g., spiffy, apothecary, four bits and skedaddle, brings this piece to life. In his 60s, this is Westfall’s first book. But he is a literary genius who could easily develop a niche by publishing more work in the future. “Time Warped Travelers” is highly recommended.
Posted May 18, 2013
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
"Time Warped Travelers" is a tale of romance, adventure, conflict and chaos set in different time periods. The year is 2012 when Tommy Evans spots a picture of Elizabeth Howard in a 1922 local newspaper and falls in love with her. He transports himself to this period and, together, they embark on a series of adventures that young people are wont to do at this time, and more. This is an era when marijuana and cocaine are legal but alcohol is prohibited. The lovers embark on a steamy relationship and when Elizabeth's father is in a financial bind and her mother becomes terminally ill, Tommy uses time travel to manipulate events. Life is not all fun though, because of Clock Watcher, who is in charge of giving hard times to all of earth's inhabitants. On the other hand, there is the fashionable Miguel Colidias, who can perhaps help Tommy find Clock Watcher's Achilles heel.
If you want to have an enjoyable day, you should read Robert Westfall's "Time Warped Travelers". This is a science fiction novel that is fast-paced and certainly fun to read. It is told in the first person, and reading this narrative is like listening to a friend telling me the story of his life. And it is a very exciting story. As the narrator, Tommy Evans's quirky personality really comes through. The story's plot may seem unique when it unfolds but later on, the classic good against evil theme surfaces. This certainly does not apply to Tommy Evans who is both good and evil. This approach makes his character more real and I will not be surprised if some reader will only see his good side in the end. I love the way the roaring 1920's is described and would not mind going back to this era too. Westfall spreads his wicked humor in his novel's characters and this is the reason why "Time Warped Travelers" is an entertaining read.