Thursday, April 21, 2016

Time has Past by Graeme Taylor

Time Has Past
In pursuit of the Ripper
by Graeme Taylor

My rating: 3 stars

Publisher: UK Book Publishing (January 4, 2015)
Publication Date: January 4, 2015
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Print Length: 144 pages
Available from: Amazon
 
There have been many books written about Jack the Ripper, both fictional and ones based on fact. This book takes on the story with an unusual twist. It involves a man who stumbles onto a portal, a gateway to the past. How does he react to such a situation, and how involved will he let himself get? Would that involvement change history and distort the timeline?

Such was Peter Haines’ dilemma. He was a retired Army Sergeant; his life was uneventful until the day he fell into a world he could never have imagined. A world that became an obsession. He found himself in a grim era of English history, a sordid past shrouded in murder and terrible atrocities; it was a world he could not dismiss. The year was 1888 in London’s Victorian past. It was the time and place where the Ripper carried out his horrendous deeds. It led Peter into a series of circumstances beyond his control, circumstances impossible to imagine. It turned into a nightmare.
 
 Time has Past by Graeme Taylor

Time Has Past - In pursuit of the RipperTime travel, through a portal, in a car, the entire concept is an exciting one, filed with the mystery of what if? What if you could go back in time? What if you changed the past? What would happen in the future? A contemporary man, Peter accidentally went through a portal I an alley and found himself in caught up in the atrocities of Jack the Ripper. He actually saw the events, but was frozen, should he help? Should he run away? When a detective also finds himself back in time, he has his suspicions that Peter may be the killer. Like two voyeurs in the night, they witness the grisly murders, only to focus on each other, instead of the crime, until one murder in particular, hits too close to home.

Time Has Past by Graeme Taylor is a unique take on the reign of terror in London, during the late nineteenth century. Focusing more on two time travelers playing cat and mouse, rather than preventing any more deaths or perhaps capturing Old Jack, I did like the way these two men went back in time. Their ability to almost immediately acclimate was pretty amazing, but, maybe a bit too easily done. A great trip through the facts of history, this would make an excellent full sized novella if fleshed out. I will say that ending was priceless! A quick read, with varying depths of description, particularly of the way the victims were found, read like actual police reports. I wanted more from the characters, they were vital to this tale ad they failed to breathe for me. There was so much more to this story, just crying to get out, but it is a good read when you are short on time.

I received this review copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.


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