Monday, June 8, 2015

Time Waits

Title: Time Waits
Author: C.B. Lewis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781632168535
Genre: {M/M}, Time Travel, Science Fiction          
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Janos is running for his life.  Wounded and close to death, the Hungarian soldier stumbles through a door that leads him a hundred years into the future.  When the first person he sees is a young German male with a purple streak through his hair, Janos can’t help wondering if he’s gone from the frying pan into the fire.

Time Waits by author C.B. Lewis is a well written time travel romance that is sure to remind many readers of the movie Time Cop.  As readers would expect, there are a lot of rules that govern the issue of time travel, and of course more than one is sure to be ignored.  When the story starts out, Dieter, a historian/linguist for the Temporal Research Institute, is waiting for the latest team to come back from their mission. It is during that time when the institute experiences a problem they have never had to deal with before.  While one of the main rules that everyone at the institute is forced to follow deals with not interfering with anyone or anything in the time period they are visiting, nothing has ever been said about what to do if someone comes over to the future.  When this problem becomes reality, Dieter is forced into a role he has no idea how to handle. 

Janos is a soldier in the Hungarian army trying to survive WWII.  It was not his plan to join the army, but when the Nazis rolled into town and family and friends started to “disappear”, Janos thought the best place to hide was in plain sight.  When one of his fellow soldiers realizes that Janos is gay and plans to expose the other man, Janos does the only thing he can to survive.  Unfortunately, he gets seriously injured in the process.  It is while running through the forest looking for a place to hide that he crosses over into the future.  As the reader would expect, Janos is confused by what he sees and distrusts those that he meets. 

This is what made the story so interesting for me.  Rather than having Janos come to terms with everything within a few pages, the author really plays this part of the story up.  Everything that both men, Janos with his fears of where he is, and Dieter with the severe case of PTSD that he is suffering with after having a gun stuck to his head, comes across very realistically.  The author also does a wonderful job making the rest of this science fiction story seem believable, which is sure to help keep the readers turning the pages.  Even the relationship between the main characters builds in a way that is easy to believe, especially given the way in which they first met.  Once Janos and Dieter come together, they really heat up the pages and the feelings between them grows fast. 

There are a few twists in this story that readers will not see coming.  In fact, at one point, I had to go back to re-read a portion because I thought I missed something and I am sure others will be just as surprised as I was.  Time Waits is sure to be a fan favorite and find its way to keeper shelves.   

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