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TimeStorm by [Harrison, Steve]
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In 1795 a convict ship leaves England for New South Wales in Australia. Nearing its destination, it encounters a savage storm but, miraculously, their battered ship stays afloat and limps into Sydney Harbour. Here, the convicts rebel, overpower the crew and make their escape, destroying the ship in the process. Fleeing the sinking vessel with only the clothes on their backs, the survivors struggle ashore.
Among the escaped convicts, seething resentments fuel an appetite for brutal revenge against their former captors while, for their part, the crew attempts to track down and kill or recapture the escapees. However, it soon becomes apparent that both convicts and crew have more to concern them than shipwreck and a ruthless fight for survival; they have arrived in Sydney in 2017.

TimeStorm is a thrilling epic adventure story of revenge, survival and honour set in a strange new world of unfamiliar technology and equally unfathomable social norms. In the literary footsteps of Hornblower, comes Lieutenant Christopher 'Kit' Blaney, an old-fashioned hero, a man of honour, duty and principle, dragged into the 21st century… literally.
A great fan of the grand seafaring adventure fiction of CS Forester, Patrick O’Brien and Alexander Kent, and modern action thriller writers such as Lee Child, Steve Harrison combines several genres in his debut novel.

The book was inspired by a replica 18th century sailing ship on Sydney Harbour and a question from Steve’s brother, Tony: “What if that was a real convict ship?” TimeStorm explores that question in a fast-paced story as a group of desperate men from the 1700s clash in modern-day Sydney.

TimeStorm was Highly Commended in the 2013 Jim Hamilton Award fantasy/science fiction category of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) National Literary Awards

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1072 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Elsewhen Press (21 August 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,708 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a fan of time travel adventure, TimeStorm caught my eye immediately. Being Australian myself, the distinct Australian theme attracted me immediately. The premise was a unique and interesting concept and after reading the first few chapters, I had a feeling the author would execute the idea well. I was not disappointed!

The story flows smoothly, progressing at a rapid, entertaining pace, filled with well fleshed characters (some of whom you love to hate). Great story, well told and it is easy to see that an enormous amount of effort has been put into this novel by the author and the publisher.

Definitely recommended! I’ll be reading more from this author in the future!
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I came upon this book by accident searching around for something different to read. I was so glad I found it. As most of the story was set in a city where I once lived I could relate to nearly all the locations described. I have a soft spot for time travel stories if they are well done and interesting and this book certainly fits into that category. Naturally some parts of this story were a bit of a stretch but I enjoyed it so much I just let them go by. I would be pleased to read more books by this author.
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Interesting twists and as it is set in my home city, I enjoyed the local references. A good mix of adventure, romance and time travel fantasy! What more could you want?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well thought time travel story 16 January 2016
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To be honest, I didn't know what to expect of this book. I love time travel stories but boats and convicts? I admit I had a bit of difficulty with the premises, yet I liked the way it was presented.

It may not be for everyone, as I know some people don't like switching 'heads', but I thought it was well done. Written in third person POV, each chapter is entitled the name of the characters we're following. While there were many characters POV, it still helped us get into their mind and understand them better.

Mr. Harrison has a way of making even the tiniest insignificant character pop up in a way that you can't stop but feel for the character, no matter how short we see them. So when one dies or survives, you cannot stay cold. I also love the way the characters reacted to the new technologies…very well thought. (And a special mention for the special touch at the end, which I won't say more for fear of spoilers.)

Overall, when I first started reading, I doubted the story and my purchase, but the more I read the more I wanted to go on and see how it would end. Very well done book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT, FAST-PACED STORY 2 January 2016
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This story engaged me from the first page to the last. It is intriguing, exciting and well written. I thought the fast-paced action kept up momentum right to the end and I enjoyed the short chapters written from the various characters' points of view.
I had to go back and re-read the beginning to fully appreciate the ending, but this only made the story more fascinating in my opinion.
The characters were well-developed. The dialogue remained appropriate to each time period; veering from colloquial and extremely amusing, to quaintly polite or dramatic. I felt I got to know all the main characters and was cheering them on their way. The descriptions of Sydney, a city I have not visited, were well-drawn too. I am sure I could find my way around there now.
A very good read. I await more books by this author with anticipation.
Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Convict ship sails into 21st century Sydney 1 June 2015
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I thoroughly enjoyed this time travel adventure story set on a convict ship approaching New South Wales after a long journey in 1796. I love that the cover of the book looks like an old fashioned, albeit somewhat overblown painting from that era showing a full masted sailing ship being tossed on the high seas. It harks back to the swashbuckling adventures of of a C.S Forrester or Patrick O'Brien novel and sets the scene for the first part of the novel describing the journey and the characters of the crew and convicts. It has been a difficult journey with a huge storm off the Cape of Good Hope resulting in loss of lives and delaying their journey and the captain and surviving crew are pleased the journey is nearly over. They will also be glad to see the back of the convicts, particularly one called Redmond, a big brute of a man who is abusive to the crew and looked up to by the other convicts. Unfortunately as they near the coast they hit a second massive storm which sucks the ship into a whirlpool and spits them out over 230 years later in 2017.

We get to know the well depicted characters with a feel for their strengths and weaknesses on board ship before they arrive in 2017. Captain Cross, fair but aging and not well, would prefer to have a quieter life and relies on his younger, more dynamic first lieutenant Blaney to help run the ship and manage the convicts. Kite, the junior lieutenant and Travis the keen 13 year old midshipman just starting out in the Navy and Watkins the selfish ship's doctor interested in only his own comfort all play major roles in the story along with Redmond the violent convict. Thrust into modern day Sydney, the author does a great job in describing their awe and reactions to the foreigness of the place. Their is a lot of humour as they try to come to terms with modern buildings, devices and clothing and at the same time try to slip under the radar to escape notice. A little twist at the end nicely rounds off this story of adventure, time-travel and romance. Highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Read 11 June 2016
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TimeStorm is written in multiple viewpoints; so many I actually lost count. I didn't mind as you can see inside the minds of each of the characters and different reactions to the events that occurred following the arrival of the convict ship in modern day Sydney Harbour -- including modern characters that also encountered the convicts or the crew of the Marlin. A few viewpoints re-occurred more often than others. There is a clear "bad-guy" in convict Rufus Redmond and "hero" in Christopher "Kit" Blaney.

The conditions on board the Marlin as it sailed along the Eastern Australian coast were well researched and the language spoken by the ship's occupants felt authentic. I was immediately drawn into the adventure and the storm that throws them off-course. TimeStorm captures the feel of modern day Sydney Harbour beautifully (I say modern day, because I doubt or hope it won't change much in the next twelve months).

When the convicts are unleashed in a modern day city, it becomes a strange free for all, but in a good way. The action in this book is part swashbuckling and part modern day action movie. There were a few or more instances where I needed to suspend belief, but I loved the escapism this book offered and the pages quickly turned. The ending was both satisfying, in that it answered some of the early questions raised, and yet not at the same time. You know it's good when you want to read more.
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and entertaining! 12 December 2015
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I approached this book with high expectations, having heard a lot of good stuff about it. I was also very curious to see how the author would handle falling forward in time as opposed to the more standard falling backwards – I imagine in some ways it would be more terrifying to end up in the future (of which we know nothing) than in the past (of which we know something – or think we do).
Time Storm opens on the HMS Marlin, a convict ship making its way to Australia in the latter decades of the 18th century. On board is a guilt-ridden captain, an efficient (and ruggedly handsome) Lieutenant Blaney, a handful of really bad convicts, a substantially larger amount of unfortunate convicts, a number of officers and members of the crew, some soldiers and a surgeon. Well; at present the surgeon is in a bad way, having been attacked by one of the convicts who is now to be flogged.
So far, HMS Marlin has had an unfortunate voyage, almost going under in a terrifying storm just off South Africa. Well, dear people, the HMS Marlin and its sister ship the HMS Fortune have no idea what is coming…
Mr Harrison offers an interesting time travelling device, and soon enough it is apparent to the reader that somehow the two ships have ended up in our time, as displayed by the constant smudginess that darkens the sky, the odd flying objects visible at night and a pervading stink, as if the air itself is tainted. Soon enough, Sydney appears before the astounded – and terrified – travellers on board of the HMS Marlin.
Some hours later and the HMS Marlin is reduced to smoking wreckage, the convicts are on the loose, the few surviving crew members don’t quite know what to make of things, and it is up to Blaney to somehow sort things. Difficult, to say the least…
Mr Harrison delivers a fast-paced action story, the reader hanging on for dear life as convicts run amok while the crew flees the police. While I feel that some of the characters remain far too sketchy, Time Storm is undoubtedly an entertaining and engaging read, and I imagine boys & men of all ages will be immediately drawn to this Die Hard meets Pirates of the Caribbean story, complete with a determined hero and a close to invincible villain.
The book ends with a rather elegant circular reference. It also ends very abruptly, which I felt was a bit of a shame. I would have wanted to know in greater detail what happened to Blaney and his tough-as-nails modern amour Karen…
All in all, Time Storm lived up to expectations. A perfect book to while away a couple of hours!

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