It is wonderful to read a book that fills you with only good feelings, that makes you see how love can come in many ways through many different people, and that evil doers are punished.
Take a trip into the mystical and magical with Kevin Ansbro’s newest book, In The Shadow of Time, where through the wonders of a time machine, a bit of whimsy and a lot of beautiful words, this reader breathe a sigh, shed a few tears, enjoyed many giggles, and was so happy such books as this exist.
There are some wonderful luscious characters, that were begging for you to want them as forever friends. Let’s power forward to 2020 where we encounter Hugo Wilde, the erstwhile James Bond agent, perfect in his allure with women, an operative with a mission to kill a Russian assassin, all the while fulfilling death defying deeds of deering-do. There is the beautiful alluring temptress, a Soviet scientist, Sofia Ustinova, who due to her research on time travel has attracted of all things, beings from another galaxy, bearing a most intriguing gift. For Sophia, married to a brute of a husband, she is soon with her cat, Copernicus, about to embark on a stellar mission. Meeting Hugo, as he is her husband’s assassin, it’s love at first sight and the happy couple swoon and do other things toot sweet!
While in a forest in 1970, a child born in Silkeborg Forest, with porcelain skin is orphaned when her parents perish and is left in a tree to survive. Found by one of the evil doers. Luna, grows and at sixteen comes under the tutelage of Sophia and Hugo. (Oh yes, did I mention anything about a time machine?)
Arriving in Mexico City in 1970, (time machine wise), we meet Gerardo Quiroz, and his son Pablo also sixteen. Geraldo is viciously killed by another evil doer and Pablo comes to live with Sophia and Hugo, making for a very diverse but loving family.
I know I am making a muck of describing this book, but it’s wonderful in so many ways. It is the way we wish people, all kinds of people would live, with respect and concern for others, with love in their hearts with an outpouring of gratitude for the life they have.
Truly if you love stories that weave their way into and around your heart, written with beautiful prose, (oftentimes comical), and the wish that a book would never end, this is exactly what you are looking for. I must add that time travel has never been my thing, but in Kevin’s Ansbro’s hands it became a “thing” for me. Oh! and the evil doers get their just deserts!
“I predict that there will be many more like him in the future,” she sighed. “People of privilege speaking heroically on behalf of those with whom they have no intention of mixing.”
and here’s the author:
Kevin Ansbro was born of Irish parents, and has lived in Malaysia and Germany: He was educated at Hamond’s Grammar School in Swaffham, and at the Norfolk College of Arts and Technology, King’s Lynn. Kevin also has a background in karate and kickboxing and has travelled extensively – particularly in the Far East. He is married to Julie, and currently lives in Norwich, England. More stuff about me (as if anyone cares): Likes: Art, travel, good manners, independent women, Sunday newspapers and dirty laughs; funk, punk, Bob Marley, Pulp, Foo Fighters, Marmite, winks, pouts, Masterchef Australia and Earl Grey tea. Dislikes: Strawberries (I’m not alone with this one), drivers who don’t indicate, men who devote their weekends to cleaning the family car (what’s that all about?) English winters, 1970s-style armpit hair on women, skinflints, insufficiently-chilled white wine, homophobes, misogynists, xenophobes and ignorant jerks in general. Right, enough about me: my books are way more interesting.