A Bequest of Time by Jeffery Martin Botzenhart

A Bequest of Time by Jeffery Martin Botzenhart
Publisher: Luminosity Publishing LLP
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical
Length: Short Story (55 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Love and remembrance

Precious memories that one never imagines could be lost have a way of fading over time, to a point when uncertain they were ever real, rendering them as ghosts in the machine. Yet reminders, both passionate and brutal tempt them back as cherished thoughts and at times nightmarish visions.

As their world once more spirals out of control to the ravages of war, Trevor and Victoria find themselves amidst a torrent of beautiful and painful moments relived. Foremost for them is the safety of their twenty-year-old son, Miles. The distress Victoria endures over his departure for school in Glasgow is further complicated when Trevor reveals a secret he has hidden from her for years.

Once more the question of “How far would one go to save the one they love?” is thrust upon them, with unforeseeable consequences. Has time run out for all … or will they survive with an unimaginable bequest of time?

Letting go isn’t an easy thing to do, but sometimes it’s completely necessary.

One of the things I’ve come to appreciate the most about Mr. Botzenhart’s writing style is how much attention he pays to the small details in his work. When he talked about how a character reacted to a specific piece of news, I could imagine exactly what that person looked and sounded like as they heard what was going on. There was just as much care taken with the settings as well. This makes his tales a lot of fun to read.

There were pacing issues in the beginning. The narrator spent a great deal of time reintroducing the characters and explaining what they’ve been up to since their last adventure. As much as I liked catching up with them, this did slow down the pacing of the plot quite a bit. It took me a while to get into the storyline because of this.

Trevor’s secret was handled nicely. I did have a pretty good guess about what it might be because of my familiarity with this series, but the author still sneaked in a few surprises about it for me along the way. What I liked the most about Trevor’s secret was seeing how it affected the rest of the plot. It fit the tone of this book really well. I can’t say much else about it without giving away spoilers, of course, but it was exactly the sort of thing I’d expect from this character.

This is the third instalment in the Out of Time series. While it can be read as a standalone story, there was some nice character development that only readers who are already familiar with the main characters will pick up on.

I’d recommend A Bequest of Time to anyone who loves steampunk science fiction.

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