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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Three Go Back Review

Three Go Back
By Tom Johnson

2323 – Seventy-five years ago an asteroid unexpectedly hit Earth destroying most animal life and leaving vast areas barren of vegetation. People who can afford to do so lived in bubbles floating high in the air. Less fortunate survived in shelters on the ground. Professor Morrison still enjoyed his old-fashioned air sled. Its sleek silver design allowed for easy maneuver in between the gigantic buildings of the city. He increased his speed over the desert sands to the observatory. A new danger to Earth had been discovered. A huge magnetic storm is building on the Sun and its unpredictable effects would soon strike the planet. Professor Morrison sighed. There is nothing that can be done to avoid the disaster.

The favored mode of transportation now is the Teleportation Vehicle or TV. Gail’s older model TV is shaped like an egg with seating around the edge. Her best friends are Nancy and Barbara. They are inseparable since their parents are working on Mars following the discovery of water. That morning seemed like so many others. The three teens enter the TV and program the coordinates for their school; however, as Gail engages the controls, bright lights explode and their world begins t spin. The magnetic storm hits, turning the Teleportation Vehicle into a time machine.

The girls travel back in time thousands of years. When the TV stops turning, the girls are relieved that the TV is still in one piece, but they are unsure where they are. The cold temperature and the strange terrain is puzzling, particularly the white powdery substance. After giving the TV’s solar batteries time to recharge, the girls once again engage the controls hoping to return home. Sadly, they only travel farther back in time. Gail intends to be a science teacher and has focused her studies in paleontology. She puts her knowledge to work as they try to survive in hostile environments. They are faced with the challenges of finding food and water while avoiding dangerous animals. The girls learn their best weapons are their brains. After several additional jumps back in time, they meet a fellow traveler, Lamont, who’s TV also suffered from the magnetic storm disruptions. The teenagers wonder if they will ever be able to return to their own time period.

Tom Johnson has always been interested in paleontology. He is a native of Seymour, TX, growing up near the Craddock Redbeds where Permian Period fossils have been discovered. Following time in the Army and a career in law enforcement, Tom and his wife have returned to Seymour and pursue his love of writing. He has more than fifty books in print both fiction and nonfiction. Most of Tom’s writings are science fiction and action adventure, but he also delves into western and mystery genres. THREE GO BACK is designed for Middle School readers and includes a detailed listing of various species thought to have existed in the various epochs described. Suspend reality, engage the imagination and jump “back to the future.”

Martha Jarred
The Haskell Star (newspaper)
April 5th, 2013

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