Argus survived on the streets of Rome using his skill and his wits, but he had never seen anything like the Crazy Man, Tenobius. Tenobius looked odd, and couldn't speak Latin properly, but he had magical things and metal teeth. All Tenobius wanted to do was to repair his Dreamship (with Argus' help) and go home. What Argus could not know was that Tenobius was a Time Traveler, and his Dreamship was his crashed Time Machine. To get home, he had to rebuild it using only what he could find and make in ancient Rome.
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About the Author
Stephen R. Wilk gas always been interested in Unusual Things. His first publication was “The Physics of Karate” in Scientific American. He has written on History, Mythology, Physics, Optics, and Popular Culture, including two books from Oxford University Press: Medusa: Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon and How the Ray Gun Got Its Zap!. Steve’s published fiction includes Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Mysteries. The Traveler is his first published novel.
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The Traveler based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I really liked this story. It fits an odd combination: A young adult story told in a hard science fiction way. The story has great interesting characters and relationships, young adults using ingenuity, risk-taking and creativity to solve problems, unexpected plot twists, and humor accessible by all age groups. On the other hand, how the characters overcome adversity is explained in a detailed, believable, satisfying way. Another aspect of this story that I liked is that just like the television cartoons of the past, there are parts of the story that refer older stories that some readers will get, but not getting it doesn't detract from the story. If you're not interested in the hard science fiction aspect of the story, some parts of it may seem to move slow, but I enjoyed those parts a lot.
"The Traveler" is a throwback in the very best sense of the word. The author nicely evokes the kind of engaging stories written by de Camp, Heinlein, and Clark. He starts with a simple premise -- a stranded time traveler -- and plays it completely straight from that point forward. We get to watch, cheer, and gasp as the time traveler applies his knowledge of science to the tricky problem of repairing his broken vessel. At the same time, he has to keep body and soul together in ancient Rome. If you're a fan of time travel (think the Lord Conrad novels) or classic science fiction, this book is well worth your time! (This review based on an advanced reader's copy.)