Travellers – Inceptio by Rob Shackleford

Just as the Travellers become immersed in Saxon community, we readers are taken up into the world of Inceptio (Latin for beginning).  Author Rob Shackleford leads us into his story by setting two alternating storylines alongside one another, one about the team of PhD students who accidentally create a time travel machine and another about time traveller Michael Hunter encountering a Saxon monastery and adjacent village.  The threads converge at the point when the machine has not only earned the group their doctorates, but jobs and notoriety.  British, American and Australian military collaborate with the team’s academic advisors to elite soldiers, Michael first among them, into a year of Traveller training before departure for first century Britain.  The Saxons soon enlist “Lord Michael” and his mates to lead the defense against Viking invaders.  Told in a variety of styles – news reports, diary entries, e-mails, candid dialogue and graphic prose – Shackleford’s tale will please fans of Secret of Kells as well as The Last King.  Fast-paced, it reads like a movie, with the heart of a memoir.  More Traveller books are planned.

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Author: marilivtollefson

I teach and play violin when not reading and reviewing books. Thanks to indie authors for opening my world and sharing theirs! Find my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Kobo, Midwest Book Review and BookPage, among others.

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