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Your wife is dying from brain cancer, with just a few months to live. A potential cure is at least a year or two away from clinical trials, and then three to five years before the FDA can approve the drug for public use. How far would you go to save your wife… would you go into the future?

Dr. Ron Stoneridge has created a doorway to the future, called a time slip. This time slip allows you to see into the future, but the portal remains open for only a few seconds, allowing you to see only a glimpse of what is to come. When Dr. Stoneridge sees himself in the future, he realizes that he can step through the time slip and obtain the cure for his wife’s cancer, but the catch is, he cannot return to the present.

The plan is simple: Through the use of drones at a prearranged time, once the formula is obtained, Dr. Stoneridge will be able to display the cure to the drones, who can then take a picture when the time slip is opened. Back in the present, Dr. Montgomery “Monty” Merriweather will be waiting for the formula for the cure to save Dr. Stoneridge’s wife.

But the best laid plans… Who could have foreseen that a giant solar storm would be included in the mix, leaving Dr. Stoneridge stranded in Earth’s dying future, with limited technology? And the sinister man with no name who is living in the present, and following Dr. Merriweather with evil intent?

Take your bathroom break before starting this wild and exciting short, because once you start, you won’t be able to stop. M.L. Banner has created an enticing story, with characters that seem real and believable. Despite the complexities that may be involved in explaining time travel, you’ll find this a very easy to understand story, with little technobabble.

This short is available as a Kindle format, and serves as an introduction to Mr. Banner's #1 selling Stone Age series, which is a pair of books (also available in paperback) dealing with the aftermath of the solar storm. All books, including this one can be ordered through Amazon.com. The author also has a website (mlbanner.com) with additional information about the series and other special offers.

~ The BookBreeze Review Team
TimeSlip: A Stone Age Short
By M.L. Banner

BookBreeze Review Team Consensus:
4.5 Book Stars
"Take your bathroom break before starting this wild and exciting short, because once you start, you won’t be able to stop. M.L. Banner has created an enticing story, with characters that seem real and believable. Despite the complexities that may be involved in explaining time travel, you’ll find this a very easy to understand story, with little technobabble."

Back to the Viper
By Antara Mann

BookBreeze Review Team Consensus:
3.5 Book Stars
"Ultimately the story will raise more questions than answers, but it will hold your interest for
90 minutes. It's an entertaining quick read that will help pass the time while you’re in the
sitting room at the doctor’s office, or when you’re waiting for that connecting airline flight."
BookBreeze Review:

You’re in a rock band, and at one time your band was real popular, but now it’s ten years later. Your band has since been disbanded, and each of you pine for the time when you were making something of yourselves, going back to the Viper. Fortunately, your scientist friend has developed a drug that can transport your consciousness back to that era, and you, and your band, can return to the Viper to change history and become bigger than ever.

This short deals with the question “If you could redo the biggest mistake of your life, would you?” Lead singer Ashley Greendale and her three bandmates make up the rock group “The Jackal”, who shared some moderate success ten years ago. A botched performance for a record producer led to their downfall, and now years later the members have heard a song that is similar to one of theirs (by The Dragon’s Circle) which has become a hit, and they think “What if we had the chance to do it again? Would we be able to become a greater success?”

Fortunately Harry Neil, a scientist friend of Ashley’s, has developed a time travel drug called “UTST” - Unique Time and Space Travel, and decides to make her his guinea pig. The taste of being able to change the past intrigues not only her, but the other band members as well. They’ll all decide to go back and relive their “performance of a lifetime” at the Viper. But by changing the past, can they improve their future?

Although the premise is interesting and at times compelling, it does tread occasionally on some well-worn ground. Ultimately the story will raise more questions than answers, but it will hold your interest for 90 minutes and is a solid effort from the author.

The BookBreeze Review Team did have a few quibbles: It would seem that somehow, if the past could be changed, then Ashley would never be working at the Starbucks, and therefore never run into Harry, the character that propels the story into gear. While most of the characters are believable and original, the character of Harry Neil is somewhat clichéd and a contrivance. It might have been better to fully flesh out this novella into a longer book in order for his character to become more fully developed. The character of Linda Hamilton doesn’t quite ring true for the BookBreeze Team, as she is being portrayed as a gold-digging jealous cougar, with a fiancée that is half her age.

But don’t overthink it and don't let our Team's quibbles detract you from reading this book. It's an entertaining quick read that will help pass the time while you’re in the sitting room at the doctor’s office, or when you’re waiting for that connecting airline flight. This book can be found on amazon and more information about the author and her other books can be found at antaraman.com.

~ The BookBreeze Review Team

On Distant Shores
By Mark Harritt

BookBreeze Review Team Consensus:
2.5 Book Stars
"Stir in some military action and a dash of suspense, and you’ll be set for one of the most explosive combinations you’ll experience on your e-reader all year. If you're into military Sci-Fi, then give it a read. You won't be disappointed."
BookBreeze Review:

Michael Duggins, Chief Warrant Officer Three, and his Special Operations team has just been assigned to a quick, three week mission at an Air Force base in Montana. Duggins and his crew are to test a new Mech Armor suit for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). However, things go haywire as the military installation is hit with a nuclear missile strike, setting off a super volcano at Yellowstone, and is somehow transported to what/where? Another universe, another planet…another time?

Sounds exciting, right? Add some predatory dragons and other wildlife to the mix, stir in some military action and a dash of suspense, and you’ll be set for one of the most explosive combinations you’ll experience on your e-reader all year.

So, why doesn’t this story rate a full five stars? Unfortunately, the book is several chapters too long, and could use a round or two of professional editing to improve the flow and cut the excess verbiage and use of heavyweight words. The story doesn’t begin to move until at least eight chapters in, and that’s nearly 40% of the book. Not every character in a fiction story needs a name or backstory, and the “character dumps” in chapters 2 and 3 are particularly troubling, given that many of these characters never appear in the story again. The BookBreeze Review Team found it couldn’t keep track of the cast without a scorecard, and with the dozens of characters introduced, only three or four of them are memorable. An editor’s touch is needed to keep the story moving and the author’s voice consistent, especially in the Prolog which seems to be written in a different style than the rest of the book.

The author’s expertise in the military (Army paratrooper with a background in intelligence operations, spending time in both Iraq and Afghanistan) is brought firmly into play and adds to the intensity and realism, but frequent discussions about bullet caliber and unexplained military abbreviations are quite distracting to the average civilian, dragging against the plot.

With the BookBreeze Review Team’s quibbles aside, the story does begin to pick up speed near the halfway point, and becomes an enjoyable wild ride. If you're into military Sci-Fi, then give it a read. You won't be disappointed.

Mark is now working on the second book in the series. This book can be ordered through amazon.com (Kindle only), and runs about 323 pages. In addition, you can obtain the first two chapters of his new book “The Demon Deception”, which is quite enjoyable from the start.

~ The BookBreeze Review Team

Glassford Girl: Part 1
By Jay J. Falconer

BookBreeze Review Team Consensus:
4.5 Book Stars
"A heart-pounding thrill ride that sticks with you long after you finish, like a good cup of morning coffee. You might want to clear your schedule because you won't be able to put this one down."
BookBreeze Review:

The difference between a time traveler and a time jumper? Everyone travels through time, you can’t help it, and it’s a part of life. Time continuously moves forward and takes us with it. Sixty seconds a minute, we are always traveling through time.

But to have the ability to jump through time? To enjoy a Slurpee on a Wednesday afternoon, and then give your dog a bath the following Saturday night . . . both in the same minute? Emily Heart, the protagonist of Jay F. Falconer’s new book Glassford Girl: Part 1 can do that, or she may be able to, as soon as she can learn to control her new powers. You see, Emily is a fifteen-year-old homeless girl, who, through a terrifying series of experiences, involving abduction and genetic experimentation, has the ability to jump through time, anywhere from a few seconds to several years.

Emily doesn’t know what is happening to her, but is desperately trying to find out. She does know that emotional reactions to the events surrounding her can trigger a jump and is frightened of the power that she wields like an out of control freight train. She does find an ally in Jim Miller, a retired Marine and ex-newspaperman, who is keeping tabs on Emily. He has noticed that throughout the years, Emily has been involved in some strange events, yet she doesn’t seem to age from one event to another, over the course of nearly thirty years.

Glassford Girl: Part 1 is a heart-pounding thrill ride that sticks with you long after you finish, like a good cup of morning coffee. The book does raise more questions than it answers, however the author has promised that future installments (the second book is already out,) will answer these questions, while introducing new ones, before you’re done with Emily.

The characters of Emily and Jim are engaging, and quite likable. For a thirty year “career” in time jumping, Emily doesn’t lapse into “Valley Girl “speech, much of what was heard in the 1980’s, which could have made for easy “fish out of water” clichés. Thankfully, Mr. Falconer avoids these distractions, making for an entertaining romp through the streets of Phoenix. If you're a time travel fan like the BookBreeze Review Team, you might want to clear your schedule because you won't be able to put this one down.

Any misgivings with the book would be that the ending arrives much too quickly. As soon as you get comfortable with the characters and slip into the compelling story, the plug is pulled in a kick-you-in-the-face cliffhanger, leaving you craving answers. While a cliffhanger ending may leave some readers cheated, the author has already made the second installment available.

This book will satisfy some readers of the Divergent and Hunger Games series, but unlike those books, this series is firmly grounded in the here and now, and not in a future timeline or on a distant world. Glassford Girl: Part 1 available is both paperback and Kindle formats, and can be ordered through Amazon. The author also has a website (jayfalconer.com) detailing outlines for future books in this (and other) series.

~ The BookBreeze Review Team
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BookBreeze was provided a free copy of this book from the author  in exchange for an independent and unbiased book review. Author may have also paid a processing fee; however, any remuneration from author in no way affected BookBreeze's feedback on the author's work. The opinions, comments and/or feedback expressed herein are solely those of BookBreeze and its review team and is not intended to be defamatory or condescending in any way. The author, at his or her own discretion, may freely use the BookBreeze published review for promotional purposes, when applicable.
BookBreeze was provided a free copy of this book from the author  in exchange for an independent and unbiased book review. Author may have also paid a processing fee; however, any remuneration from author in no way affected BookBreeze's feedback on the author's work. The opinions, comments and/or feedback expressed herein are solely those of BookBreeze and its review team and is not intended to be defamatory or condescending in any way. The author, at his or her own discretion, may freely use the BookBreeze published review for promotional purposes, when applicable.
BookBreeze was provided a free copy of this book from the author  in exchange for an independent and unbiased book review. Author may have also paid a processing fee; however, any remuneration from author in no way affected BookBreeze's feedback on the author's work. The opinions, comments and/or feedback expressed herein are solely those of BookBreeze and its review team and is not intended to be defamatory or condescending in any way. The author, at his or her own discretion, may freely use the BookBreeze published review for promotional purposes, when applicable.