Traveller Inceptio, by Rob Shackleford: #BookReview.

432 pages

Science Fiction and Fantasy/Time Travel

I read the sample offered by Amazon, as I often do before deciding whether to read a book. In this case, it seemed promising, so I went ahead, having been offered a review copy by the author.

Unfortunately, although the premise sounds fascinating and the first couple of chapters engaged me, as I moved through the book, I felt bogged down by extraneous detail; the story seemed to be going nowhere. It’s presented as alternate chapters, contrasting a group of research students seeking a universal security device for use at airports with the life of a huntsman in Saxon England. I ploughed on through the first 10 chapters but that was as far as I wished to go.

There’s potential here, in the story and the writing, but so much of the narrative consists of detailed accounts of aspects that did little to engage me with the characters.

After the opening event with the huntsman, attacked by a pack of wolves, I was hoping for more to happen. But the prolonged tale of his association with a monastery and its silent monks and prayers, left me cold.

The group employed by the security company consists of a real mixture and there’s potential there, too. But here I was bogged down in detailed explanations of the design for the system they were devising, much of which I found of no interest.

So, after chapter 10, which is 11% of the ebook, I gave up. I didn’t do this lightly, as there is undoubtedly a good story trying to get out here. I just didn’t have the time to continue with a book that seemed around 40% padding. As a reader, I’m interested in characters, their relationships, and their responses to barriers placed across their route. But I was faced with long descriptive passages that seemed to take me nowhere.

I’ve no doubt this book will be enjoyed by some readers. But it’s not one for me.

I wrote this review based on a copy the author sent me.

[Any review is a personal opinion. No reviewer can represent the view of anyone else. The best we can manage is an honest reaction to any given book.]