A mysterious Nazi super weapon, hidden for more than 60 years, has been discovered by members of a reclusive, private think tank and perfected using modern technology. This fully realized and reliable device is so powerful, so provocative, that the basic beliefs of science, history and religion could be overturned in an instant.
After a cataclysmic system failure kills an expedition attempting to return to the year 100,000 B.C., a team of skeptical scientists and adventurers is dispatched to the Antediluvian world, a world that no one anticipated full of wonder, danger and advanced civilizations that will rock the accepted theories of science and history to their core.
However, the team is unaware of another plan that is unfolding; there are people who will kill to use this remarkable machine to further their own plans for our past and future.
I’m a huge fan of time travel-related science fiction. This novel has such a unique perspective — creationist timescale for history; biblical themes — and storyline that when I first heard of it, I immediately ordered it.
In order to not give away too many details and spoil it for you, let me just say that I’ve not been disappointed at all. It really picks up at the halfway point and there are a lot of unexpected events that take place near the end. And although I’m more used to reading books from the 1800s and early 1900s and, to me, the style is a little less “flowery” than I enjoy, Sam Batterman has crafted a fantastic science-fiction story that, for me personally, is a unique and fantastic blend of all the things I enjoy: time travel, science fiction, and biblical themes. This first effort captures the excitement and sparks the imagination the way the early Star Wars and Indiana Jones stories did. (Of course, all the recent films in those franchises destroyed both. Ugh!) The creationist timescale and biblical elements make it unique. The actual historical people and events that are part of its background make it convincing. The scientific / technological aspects of the story really satisfy the cerebral. (It’s sort of what makes the best episodes of “Sliders” the best.) In fact, I recommend that it be turned into a film. It could be a hit, but more importantly it could be the first film project to bring the creationist perspective of history (wrapped in an intriguing and exciting package) to the movie-consuming public.
In additional news, Sam Batterman says it was envisioned as a trilogy, which makes we the readers / fans happy to hear!
Buy it at Amazon.com: Wayback by Sam Batterman
Visit the author’s site: http://www.sambatterman.com/home.html