Early last November I picked up the first of Les Lynam’s Time Will Tell series. It had been on my TBR list for some time and I had finally gotten ahead enough to read it. I really enjoyed the book and immediately purchased the second book and was just as entertained. The third book was not yet published but when it was released I immediately downloaded it. The entire series is entertaining and appropriate for youth and adults who love a fantastical tale of time travel. Time travel has it’s problems, anything can cause a paradox, no matter how hard you try to prevent messing with the time-line. This series is no exception. I keep hoping the travelers will be able to make it right, but so far, no bananas.
…Before You Leap
Even though I am old enough to be the main characters grandmother I was easily engaged into this unusual time travel story. Sean is a typical teenage boy. Easily recognizable after raising two sons. A good knowledge of the mid-90’s reveals the accuracy of the cultural and technological details for time period portrayed. The author does an excellent job of detailing the problems that could arise during time travel including the potential problems associated with changing a time line and human responses to becoming involved with people of a different era. I laughed a lot while reading this book. The characters were realistic and not at all shallow, the plot was excellent and unique. For me a definite five star read!
I really enjoyed this second time travel adventure. The author clearly described the confusion that Sean experiences when crossing timelines. The first book Before you Leap had a conclusion that did not leave me feeling the story wasn’t finished, but left room for another adventure. I was so taken with it that I had to read the next adventure and bought the book right away. Saves Nine introduces some paradox that are not resolved by the end. Unlike some readers, I don’t mind continuing plots so did not feel cheated that the story is not complete yet. The primary plot of this book is completed as it relates to the timeline and the purpose of traveling back to 1969. The subplot is not done and I’m sure will become the primary plot of the next book in the series. Well developed plot and characters that I enjoyed tremendously. Definitely a five star book for me and anxious to read the next book in the series.
…In One Basket
Another good book in this series. As much as LX, or Alex as his travel companions call him, tries to make things right he just can’t. The paradoxes from his time travel escapades just keep getting more complex. Sean and Jane are great characters from different decades that Alex uses to try and fix the timeline. The author did a lot of character development with Steffie, the now sentient time machine. I really liked Steffie. After a job to repair the timeline for Jane, Alex takes Sean and Jane back to where they belong, or where LX thinks they belong. Unfortunately, he still has an unresolved paradox problem, his own timeline is still wrong. Another book has to be in the works to resolve his continuing conundrum of how to fix his own timeline. This book was as enjoyable as the first two in the series. I am hoping the author has another in the works because the mystery of who is leaving messages for LX in Steffie’s computer and why still needs to be resolved. The book is well written, appropriate for young adults and teens as well as us older adults who enjoy a good clean fantasy. I give this one a five star rating.
I hope you will pick up these books and read them. They are a wonderfully entertaining read for science fiction and time travel fans. I can hardly wait to read more.