Mascherato Publishing (December 17, 2012) [paperback], (December 18, 2012) [eBook], (January 1, 2013) [hardcover]
Charlie gets a 15th birthday present most of you might think is great till you discover the caveats. Danger, random landings, no U-turns without a partner of the other gender. Oh and nobody bothered to tell Charlie any of this ahead of time so guess what folks life gets a little crazy for everyone. However my caveat is you have to read the book to find out how life gets turned upside down and inside out beyond Charlie’s surprise birthday present. The writing is relatively clean mechanically, its a wonderful scifi/fantasy plot line with the usual romance, adventure et al that I enjoy thrown in. However for parents and readers who prefer family friendly reads I must warn you the content is PG13 to R in spots so I’d recommend it for over 16 maybe due to possible discussion points. However everyone has different tastes and tolerances hence the caution. Personally I enjoyed the book although I’d have reservations about sharing it with teens due to some of the lifestyles depicted that I would consider bad examples. (ISBN#9781937945046 [paperback] 9781937945039 [hardcover], 344pp [eBook] 342pp [print], $2.99 [eBook] $14.99 [paperback] $24.00 [hardcover])
About the Author: Andy Gavin is an unstoppable storyteller who studied for his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and founded video game developer Naughty Dog, Inc. at the age of fifteen, serving as co-president for two decades. There he created, produced, and directed over a dozen video games, including the award winning and best selling Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter franchises, selling over 40 million units worldwide. He sleeps little, reads novels and histories, watches media obsessively, travels, and of course, writes.
Charlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, his own mother can’t remember his name. So when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don’t take him seriously. Still, this isn’t all bad. Who needs school when you can learn about history first hand, like from Ben Franklin himself. And there’s this girl… Yvaine… another time traveler. All good. Except for the rules: boys only travel into the past and girls only into the future. And the baggage: Yvaine’s got a baby boy and more than her share of ex-boyfriends. Still, even if they screw up history — like accidentally let the founding father be killed — they can just time travel and fix it, right? But the future they return to is nothing like Charlie remembers. To set things right, he and his scrappy new girlfriend will have to race across the centuries, battling murderous machines from the future, jealous lovers, reluctant parents, and time itself.
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