Timeshaft

Rated 4.33/5 based on 6 reviews
The Timeshaft is a path through time from pre-history to the end of the world, under the control of environmental protection group WorldSave.

Its operatives travel through the Timeshaft preventing ecological disasters, but that's more of the back story. The plot focuses on leading agent Ashday's Child. What is his hidden agenda, why has he really spent his life flitting through the ages? More

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About Stewart Bint

Writer: novelist; magazine columnist; public relations.
Previous roles include radio newsreader, phone-in host, and presenter.
Married to Sue, with two grown-up children, Chris and Charlotte, and a budgie called Alfie.
Usually barefoot.
Lives in Leicestershire, UK.

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Review by: D.M. Cain on June 05, 2014 :
Timeshaft was a rollercoaster voyage through time, with a thousand twists and turns I never saw coming! As well as being incredibly well written, Timeshaft is intelligent and thought-provoking. It’s an admirable skill to write a science fiction book packed with action which is still able to stun the reader and trap them in a whirlwind of mind-boggling time paradoxes. On numerous occasions I had to stop reading and unravel the clever interwoven strands of the story, just so it made sense in my head. I adore a story that can have such an effect on me. This book also had elements of horror that were thrilling and horrifying, such as an incredibly well written future world ridden with darkness-dwelling spiders (*shudder*). Another amazing work by Mr Bint. I eagerly await the release of his next novel, ‘In Shadows Waiting’ and have absolutely no doubt that it will be yet another belter.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: simon henderson on Jan. 21, 2014 :
I have just finished this book and was relatively pleased with the outcome oc the story. However, the overall premise of time travel and paradoxes has brn done many, many times. What makes this different is the addition of the shaft itself, almost a seperate character......Overall the story is cliched and at times predictable but is, nevertheless, an enjoyable romo through time. I would recommed it to others and look forward to the authors next book.....
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: John Miller on Dec. 30, 2013 :
We all like to watch science fiction on the big screen. It’s interesting to see the technology that curtails from an author’s mind and how their imagination comes to life in a story. I myself like sy-fy so in reading “Time shaft” I was taken in by what Stewart Bint was saying in his novel. I really like the air cars and the soap opera that seemed to be the talk of town so to speak. But what I enjoyed about the novel was his use of words. I will say Mr Bint is a words smith in his own rights. The first few sentences are a testimony to what I’m talking about and I will give you an example.
“Fog hung low over the dying lands – a fog far removed from the shimmering white mist once seen above fields and water in the moments after dawn. On this now-tainted world dawns had long since ceased to exist. So had sunsets, so had days, so had nights.”
The way Mr Bint describes in detail of the surroundings and the description of the events in this story are fantastic. I won’t spoil you all with any more details. But I highly praise this book and you won’t be disenchanted after you have finished reading it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: John Lupton on Dec. 08, 2013 :
Launching straight into a different world and technology I made a slow start with this one, but after a couple of chapters it started to come together, at which point I was hooked and found it hard to put down. The novel is action-based, and I would have appreciated some further rounding of the characters other than Ashday's Child, to make them 3- (or should it be 4-) -dimensional, but it hangs together nonetheless. Nice twist at the end, just as you thought you had it all in the bag. Would recommend this to other readers of this genre and intend to read more by this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Autumn Birt on June 23, 2013 :
Timeshaft is a great story with lots of action and drama. Stewart does a great job of tying up the complicated ends that time travel creates from the opening event to revealing the mystery of Ashday’s Child. The story is entertaining and fast paced, weaving through the past and present of a scifi version of our world, making you wonder where the destiny of the human race will lead. I think we already need WorldSave to ensure the future remains bright!

I think the only failings is that I would have loved to have seen the dialogue snap a little more to match the intriguing situations. You just know these characters have a smart comeback, but they tend to stick to the facts. And I have to admit, I kept wondering how people from so many different times had no problem talking to each other. Perhaps I missed a simple explanation that a society able to travel through time can also unravel languages by being too caught up in where the story would take me next.

Timeshaft is a fun read without being too long or too heavy into scientific explanations. All the loose ends are wrapped up (with just a hint of what else could be out there to wonder about a sequel), giving you a sense of happy accomplishment when you reach the last page.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Pam Steer on June 18, 2013 :
What a brilliant story. I took Timeshaft to Turkey as holiday reading and couldn't put it down. Well done Mr Bint, I hope there are more to come.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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