Friday, May 15, 2015

A Long Time Until Now - Michael Z. Williamson

A Long Time Until Now
Michael Z. Williamson
Baen, May 5 2015, $25.00
ISBN: 9781476780137

During another crappy long day the American military convoy drives on a bad road in Afghanistan.  With no warning, abruptly two vehicles with ten on board inexplicably go off road and lose contact with the rest of the unit.  Efforts to communicate with the envoy or a nearby base fail.  Bewildered First Lieutenant Sean Elliot, as the highest ranking person left behind, looks outside only to recognize nothing.

Frightened because their predicament makes no sense, the astonished soldiers soon meet a seemingly Stone Age tribe, an improbable Roman Century military unit and a few stragglers from diverse other time periods.  As the soldiers struggle in a world they do not understand nor mentally, physically or equipped to endure, two individuals more technologically advanced than the confused displaced Americans arrive.

This is a refreshing time travel thriller based on the premise that twenty-first century highly trained and armed soldiers would find survivability in the Paleolithic Era extremely difficult.  The leisurely-paced storyline focuses on inter and intra relationships that brings a sense of realism to the thoughtful plot. 

Harriet Klausner

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