Benjamin Travers has been electrocuted. What’s worse, he and his friends have woken up in the past. As the friends search for a way home, they realize they’re not alone. There are other time travelers, and some of them are turning up dead.When Ben meets an enigmatic scientist and his charming, time-traveling daughter, salvation seems at hand, but escaping the dangers of the past may lead to a deadly future. If he hopes to save his friends, Ben must learn to master space and time, and survive a journey where past and future violently collide.
In 1887, the British Empire contracted brilliant American professor Lawrence Ambrose to create a mutant gene―and turn an ordinary man into an aggressive fighting machine. But all too quickly, Ambrose was found to be behind a streak of vicious murders, and in a cover-up of massive proportions, Queen Victoria gave an order to have the project, and Ambrose, terminated. Thus the legend of Jack the Ripper was born…
It’s 1863. America’s most legendary war leaders arrange a meeting ―a clandestine alliance that will never show up in any history book. Their mission: To heal a war-torn nation by bringing the remnants of a prized ship back to U.S. soil―one that may lie on a mountaintop inside the Ottoman Empire, where the men who seek it are only days away from killing one another. The battles will rage at sea and upon land―with enemies both past and future. Colonel John Henry Thomas of the Union Army will come face to face with his mortal enemies in the South and a dark entity that has been trapped on top of God’s Mountain for a millennium.
Twenty thousand years ago, when early man made his way to North America, a tribe of prehistoric predators made the great trek as well. But these giant, deadly beasts seemingly became extinct…and humans lived to become the most violent creatures on Earth. Man’s brutal nature reached a boiling-point with the execution of Russia’s last czar and his entire family. But some believed that the czar’s children, Alexei and Anastasia, survived―and came to America with the treasury of the Romanov dynasty. That legend was born on July 17, 1918―and lives on to this day…
The MC was likable enough, but inconistent, waffling between whiny and focused. Kind of got annoyed with how much he continued to be surprised by everything. I know that is probably realistic of how someone would actually behave there, but that didn’t make it any less annoying to read. He is constantly in fights and sometimes he wins through some skill or by luck, but you never seem to know when it is one or the other. Definitely not worth $9.99, and will not buy the others until the price is reduced.
In Kuldon, those with magical powers rule. Blaise, one of the most skilled sorcerers in the land, lives in self-imposed isolation. Ignoring the Sorcerers Council’s injunction forbidding its creation, Blaise has finally succeeded in manifesting an object which will allow peasants to use magic. But it’s not in the form he expected. Lying on the floor of his study is Gala, the naked embodiment of female physical perfection. Suppressing his curiosity about her abilities, Blaise yields to Gala’s desire to “live as a normal person”. Leaving her in the care of his friends Ester and Maya, he requests that they ensure Gala does not draw attention to herself. Gala’s physical beauty draws plenty of admiring male and envious fem
Christopher’s previous life is not explored at all. Any of the memories of his wife or anything else are ever so brief. Even when he finds the night sky completely different from earth, he just concludes that he must be on a planet somewhere else in the galaxy – and moves on. And in order to find a way home, he needs to save the people against an undescribed enemy in an unmotivated constant war.
This is what happens when you put science-fiction, fantasy, moral development, and political-science into a blender. Sword of the Bright Lady is the story I’ve been waiting years to find; I’m glad someone has finally written it. Fans of S.M. Stirling and Eric Flint will feel right at home with Christopher as he struggles to reconcile his gentle nature and modern sensibilities with a world filled with goblins, magic, and medieval privilege. World building is often one of the more difficult aspects of Sci-fi/fantasy and in this regard Planck has scored very high, while reading SOTBL I did not notice a single instance where Planck broke his rules.