From Time to Time

From Time to Time

by Marius A. Smith


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In the year 2509, over sixty years since the invention of time travel, the timeline is monitored and policed by Temporal Security. During his routine end-of-shift checks, Commander William Herschel, a vampire with an outstanding career in the organisation, discovers that someone is using the time travel facility of the time station Epoch to smuggle narcotics through time. When he attempts to apprehend the criminal he is attacked, and wakes up later in a cell. Having been effectively framed for the crime, with all of the evidence pointing against him, he is exiled to Earth's distant past to live out his long vampire life; a sentence that was tempered from execution only because of his exemplary service record and the intervention of his friend, Admiral Bruce Rivette. Upon his arrival in the past, William immediately gets to work on trying to find a way to re-power the time shuttle that he was exiled in to return to his own time to find a way of proving his innocence.

Meanwhile, his friends in the twenty sixth century continue the investigation to find the real perpetrator in order to exonerate William before he is lost to ancient history. His best friend Luke Hawking is determined to do whatever it takes to clear his name, with the help of Admiral Rivette, the admiral's wife Larissa, a vampire lieutenant named Cephra O'Neil, and the cantankerous Professor Zahlmann, as well as some, but not all, of their colleagues aboard Epoch. Luke soon suspects that there is more to the crime than mere smuggling, and that the perpetrator has a much bigger endgame.

Upon reaching the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis in the year 1438 BC, William very soon discovers that the threat from the future has followed him into the past. He must learn to survive in that era without his vampire presence impacting history or he will still face the sentence of execution by Temporal Security.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648071006
Publisher: Martin Hanbury
Publication date: 04/30/2017
Series: Course of Time , #1
Pages: 422
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Exile

Chapter 2 - Defying Fate

Chapter 3 - The Dream

Chapter 4 - Memphis

Chapter 5 - Isis-Kiyasmet

Chapter 6 - The Banquet

Chapter 7 - Treachery

Chapter 8 - Betrayal

Chapter 9 - The Mortuary Complex

Chapter 10 - The Investigation

Chapter 11 - The Thayaten

Chapter 12 - The Plan

Chapter 13 - Altehuanala

Chapter 14 - The Origin of the Plague

Chapter 15 - The Encounter

Chapter 16 - The Assassin

Chapter 17 - Providence

Chapter 18 - A Daring Choice

Chapter 19 - Alternate History

Chapter 20 - Captives of What Shouldn't Be

Chapter 21 - 2509

Chapter 22 - Friends

Chapter 23 - The Truth About Kyomi

Chapter 24 - Questions

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From Time To Time 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Darklord_Riker More than 1 year ago
Interesting, has a little bit of everything, like mystery, adventure, history, and a good combination of vampires and science fiction. Having read the previous review it is apparent that it was in reference to the first edition, and having read both that version and this new edition there have certainly been a number of improvements made to writing style and the portrayal of both plot and characters. To cut to the chase, I would buy the next book in the series as well.
the_one_who_reads More than 1 year ago
In a nutshell, this is the first book I've reviewed which has had the misfortune of failing my "By page 50 test". If while reading a book, I make it to page 50 and if the characters were to die in a fiery car crash and I don't care, then the book is set aside and I don't continue reading. From Time To Time is one of those rare books, and I gave it to page 100 before giving up. The story is of William Herschel, who in the far future is a member of Temporal Security, whose job it is to police time travel in the 26th century. William is also a vampire, made such by medical science in order to save his life. William has apparently stumbled on something he shouldn't have, is framed and is exiled for drug possession and sentenced to exile in ancient Egypt. He knows he's been framed, his friends know it and they set about to try to prove his innocence. Marius Smith can string words together, that much is certain, and the plot premise is interesting. However, it's apparent Mr. Smith never read Strunk and White, therefore missing the advice, "Omit needless words." I made it to page 100, and it was a chore. But you said it failed your page 50 test, right? Yes, it did, but I was trying to be charitable. I've read a lot of books in my time, but I have never been less compelled to pick up a book and read. None of the characters had distinct voices. About as close to that as we came, were all the good guys sounded one way and the bad guys sounded another. Nothing else distinguished them. I also ran into my other pet peeve - repeating the same information more than once. Most readers are smart enough to embrace concepts the first time around and don't need to be beaten over the head over and over with the same information every chapter. The book also suffers from a glaring lack of editing. Another thing that pestered me was a lack of page numbers. This is an error on the publishers part and to me says one word: sloppy. I cannot in good faith recommend this book