The Chronocar by Steve Bellinger

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The Chronocar by Steve Bellinger
Publisher: Barking Rain Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Historical, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (150 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Simmie Johnson was born the son of a slave. He was also a genius. After earning a PhD in physics from Tuskegee Institute, he wrote a paper outlining a theory for time travel, including plans for a time machine—called a Chronocar—which was published in a scientific journal in the early 1900s . Since the technology required to build the chronocar did not yet exist, the paper and its brilliant writer faded into obscurity.

A century later, a young Illinois Tech student, Tony Carpenter, discovers the journal article and decides to build a Chronocar so he can travel back to 1919 to meet the black scientist he hopes to emulate.

Unfortunately, time is not on his side.

It’s one thing to read about the past. It’s quite another to experience it for yourself.

One of the things that I enjoyed the most about this story was how it handled the idea of time travel. The author clearly spent a great deal time of thinking through this topic logically and scientifically. It’s hard to discuss the specific details of it without giving away spoilers, but Mr. Bellinger’s hard work on these sections definitely paid off. This is the kind of science fiction I love to read.

I would have liked to see a little more attention paid to the transitions between the past and present day, especially when it came to the dialogue. The speaking styles were so different in each era that it did take me a moment to adjust from how I’m accustomed to people talking to each other in 2015 to what people sounded like in 1919. This is a minor criticism of an otherwise wonderful tale, though.

The character development was excellent. I really enjoyed seeing how Tony and Simmie reacted to everything that happened to them, especially after I’d gotten to know them better. Both characters learned quickly which is an important thing to do while on a time travel adventure. While I don’t know if the author is planning to write a sequel, I’d be thrilled to find out what happens next if he ever decides to write one.

The Chronocar is a must read, especially for anyone who enjoys time travel or science fiction as much as I do!

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